Central Michigan hiring Tony Barbee as coach

UK G Keldon Johnson talks with assistant Tony Barbee during the University of Kentucky men’s basketball game against Arkansas at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Kentucky basketball vs. Arkansas, Tony Barbee

Central Michigan is hiring former UTEP and Auburn coach Tony Barbee as its new men’s basketball coach, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Barbee, 49, has been an assistant on Kentucky coach John Calipari’s staff since 2014.

He compiled a 131-127 record over four seasons each with the Miners (2006-10) and Tigers (2010-14). He guided UTEP to a 26-7 record and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2009-10, but posted losing records in all four seasons at Auburn.

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Barbee replaces Keno Davis, who was fired earlier this month after nine seasons and a 142-143 record with the Chippewas.

Central Michigan finished 7-16 last season, including a 3-13 record in the Mid-American Conference. The program has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2003.

It was also reported Thursday that another Kentucky assistant, Joel Justus, is leaving Lexington to join coach Bobby Hurley’s staff at Arizona State.

–Field Level Media