Why the Texas Longhorns Need to Part Company with Rick Barnes

Posted by Brandon Bohning on March-19-2010 Add Comments

The second of Gary Johnson's two free throws at the end of last night's first round game fell off, and Ishmael Smith answered the call at the other end, putting a tortured Texas team's season to the sword. 

Some Texas fans are likely enraged at how the season ended; others may just be happy it's all over. 

The Longhorns had a rollercoaster season. They reached the summit of college basketball, a midseason No. 1 ranking, and somehow managed to lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  

After narrowly surviving a strong showing from a Texas A&M team that would eventually best the Longhorns in the Big 12 standings, Texas ran out of its luck. 

That's right, I said it, luck. How else ...

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