Over the last several weeks, Kentucky Wildcats assistant coach Tony Barbee was in contention to become the next head coach at Fordham University.
However, it now appears Barbee will not be leaving Lexington for that position.
Zach Braziller of The New York Post came out and released the four names the coaching search is focusing in on.
SOURCES: Fordham is focusing on four candidates: Shaheen Holloway, James Jones, Jared Grasso and Kyle Neptune. The hope is a new coach will be in place by early next week. Tony Barbee and Carmen Maciariello were in final round of interviews.— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) March 18, 2021
Braziller also noted that two sets of interviews were conducted with all six candidates before Barbee and Carmen Maciariello, the head coach at Sienna, were cut from the running.
Barbee will be going into his eighth season at Kentucky, and it would be his second season in his role as associate to the head coach.
It has been rumored for several years now that Barbee would potentially like to make the jump back to the head-coaching ranks, but it’s yet to come to fruition.
After being a head coach twice in his career before coming to Kentucky at UTEP from 2006-2010, and then leaving there to take the reigns of the Auburn Tigers from 2010-2014, it is no surprise he has that desire. Barbee was also an assistant to John Calipari in his days at Memphis from 2000-2006 after also being a player under Cal at UMass, which is how he eventually ended up in the Kentucky program.
Although he might not be leaving for the job at Fordham, it is safe to assume that if it’s not this offseason, in the coming years he will be leaving Kentucky to take over his own program. With jobs still going to come open this spring, watch for his name to be mentioned as a candidate for some of them, especially since Kentucky isn’t in the NCAA Tournament and can focus completely on offseason moves.
As it stands now though, he will be sticking it out in Lexington for another season.