Wednesday , Mar , 09 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Ole Miss extends Barnes’s contract

Oxford, MS (Sports Network) – Ole Miss Wednesday announced a new four-year
contract extension for men’s basketball coach Rod Barnes through the 2008-09

“We have agreed in principle on a new four-year contract,” said athletic
director Pete Boone. “Rod has made positive changes in the direction of our
basketball program. With our recent success in recruiting and aggressive play
we exhibited this year, we are seeing a resurgence of a typically-coached Rod
Barnes team.”

Barnes is in his seventh season at the helm of the Ole Miss basketball
program. He has a 126-92 record at Ole Miss. His 126 coaching victories in his
first 218 games is the most of any Ole Miss coach over that span and is the
second-most wins in school history. Barnes’ .578 winning percentage is the
highest of any Rebel coach of seven years or more.

“My family and I are grateful for this new contract, and we appreciate the
confidence Chancellor Robert Khayat and Pete Boone have shown us,” said
Barnes. “While we aren’t pleased with our performance over the last few years,
as I know our fans have not been, we have made significant strides in areas
that needed improvement. We will achieve the success that our coaches, players
and fans expect.”

In 2000-01, Barnes was the SEC Coach of the Year, and guided Ole Miss to a
school-record 27 wins and the program’s first NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 berth.
Another winning season and postseason tournament followed in 2001-02 — both
were the sixth straight for the Ole Miss program.

Barnes was hired as the Rebel head coach on April 9, 1998.

The Rebels open SEC Tournament play Thursday against South Carolina.