GSU’s Barnes fired

Georgia State basketball coach Rod Barnes has been fired after four seasons. Athletic director Cheryl Levick made the decision Sunday to buy out the final year of Barnes’ contract.

He will not coach the team in the Colonial Athletic Association conference tournament beginning Friday.

Assistant coach Paul Graham will coach in Barnes’ stead. Georgia State finished the regular season Saturday night at home, a 65-58 loss to George Mason. The team finished the regular season with a record of 11-18 and a 6-12 mark in the conference, which placed the Panthers in ninth place.

Barnes’ career record at Georgia State was 44-79 and 24-48 in the CAA.

“The win-loss record simply does not reflect where we want to be for Georgia State men’s basketball,” Levick said in a statement. “We felt it was in the best interest of the program to make this change now and begin moving forward immediately.”

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Panama

February 27th, 2011
3:41 pm

Hopefully we can start anew and get something going. And PLEASE no high school coaches.

Montinod

February 27th, 2011
4:11 pm

It’s unfortunate, but it’s time to move forward and build this program.

GStateBen

February 27th, 2011
4:14 pm

Ran a clean Program and graduated our players. Just did not win. 4 straight seasons with losing records overall and in the CAA.

Good luck CRB! Time to get serious about winning.

RidgeRunner

February 27th, 2011
5:07 pm

Good luck CRB! Sorry but GStateBen is right about winning.

Go Panthers!!

February 27th, 2011
5:11 pm

Crossing my fingers for the basketball equivalent of Bill Curry!!!

So far Levick has been flawless. I believe she will make the hire to elevate us to a legit player in the CAA.

Anderson

February 27th, 2011
5:17 pm

GSU AD Levick sounds like she already has someone she wants to bring in by her ” in the best interest of the program to make this change now and begin moving forward immediately” comment.

Two things….. (1) Rod Barnes was a (former GSU AD) McElroy hire and had no ties to the current administration and (2) I believe Levick and President Becker think the GSU basketball program should be much farther along than they are given the talent being developed in the state of Georgia. Pretty much what AJC writer Jeff Schultz wrote earlier this week. I believe the GSU administration were more than patient with Rod Barnes. Barnes was probably given one more year than Levick desired but was given the benefit of the doubt.

As a (2nd generation) GSU grad,I hope AD Levick has a Lefty Driesell type hire up her sleeve.

RidgeRunner

February 27th, 2011
5:19 pm

Levick and Becker insist on winning and seem to aspire to elevating GSU’s athletic accomplishments as well as academic to a level befitting a large research university. I sense a coach coming in that will do a lot of winning. CRB’s charge was a little different IIRC: Clean up the program and graduate student athletes. He surely did that.

Hammer22

February 27th, 2011
5:41 pm

Hate to see a man lose his job. But, it probably was for the best.

RidgeRunner

February 27th, 2011
6:01 pm

Another aspect of this we have not discussed is the players. For instance Ali was recruited by Perry, red shirted after his freshman year with Barnes and will now be in contact with one more coach.

glsjunior

February 27th, 2011
6:44 pm

Give Mark Price a shot. I think we need to do something off the beaten path. I’m tired of assistant coaches and retreads. Let’s get some fresh blood up in here.

Hammer22

February 27th, 2011
7:23 pm

Honestly, I would be all for Mark Price coaching GSU.

Bring Mark Price in here!!!

GStateBen

February 27th, 2011
7:45 pm

No way that Mark Price will or should be hired by Georgia State. We are not Tech South. We will hire a coach that can build on the academic foundation set by Barnes and staff.

What’s the last Division 1 job held by Price? None. We will return 9 players in 2011-12 with 1 big time PF recruit and potentially Jordan Demercy transfer from Florida State. A .500 record or better should be the expectation for next season.

Hammer22

February 27th, 2011
7:56 pm

So because Price played outstanding ball at Tech almost 20 yrs ago that makes us Tech South if he becomes our coach? Our women’s coach played at Georgia, does that equal we are UGA southwest? No, it doesn’t. I’d be thrilled to have Price.

And just because he hasn’t head coached college ball doesn’t mean he can’t coach successfully on the collegiate level. We all know he’d bring legitimacy to the program, create a buzz we haven’t had since 2001, and I’m sure he can get into any kid’s house to recruit.

GStateBen

February 27th, 2011
8:46 pm

Price’s Coaching Resume:
-Duluth HS Community Coach
-Asst. at Georgia Tech
-HC at Whitefield Academy
-HS for Austrailian team
-Shooting coach for Memphis Grizzlies and Atlanta Hawks

Hire him as an Asst.? Sure. Not as a head coach. Sorry.

GSU Men's BB Fan

February 27th, 2011
8:51 pm

Sad to see Barnes go. He seemed like a good man. But it was time. Good luck Coach Barnes.

RidgeRunner

February 27th, 2011
9:06 pm

Hammer22 ????

Hammer22

February 27th, 2011
9:38 pm

And Price was a winner and improved the team at every stop too. You guy better be lucky I’m not the AD because I would’ve already had him on the phone.

itsmeagain

February 27th, 2011
11:12 pm

I’m excited for this. I’m hoping that when the new head coach is announced there will be more announcements than just that.

Jothcra

February 28th, 2011
12:31 am

Coach Barnes did great work when he turned the team around in the classroom, but it’s a shame he couldn’t turn them around on the court like he planned. I wish him the best.

GStateBen

February 28th, 2011
8:44 am

There are unemployed coaches like Mark Gottfried, Billy Gillispie and others that are on the list prior to Price. We play in the best mid-major league iin the country. Can’t start with a shooting coach with no previous head coaching experience.

Not going to happen.

GSUPAnTHER

February 28th, 2011
12:01 pm

Even though I liked Barnes personally, I think this was the right move. Besides the W/L factor there is just no excitement with the baskeball program right now. Hopefully we can make a hire that will bring things back to the way they were earlier in the decade. Go Panthers!

TADOW

February 28th, 2011
12:10 pm

What about Paul Hewatt? Just a thought….. He should be fired soon.

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RidgeRunner

February 28th, 2011
5:56 pm

Hewatt? God no. He has never been a very good coach, just a great recruiter.

Iceburg

February 28th, 2011
6:45 pm

Dip Metress at Augusta State is the best coach in Ga at any level. 3 consecutive Elite 8 appearances – working on the 4th. His record is 135 and 26 over the past 5 years, 25 and 3 this year after losing all 5 starters from last year’s Elite 8 team.

mag5

March 1st, 2011
12:08 pm

Agreed Iceburg…..No one in the state of Ga compares to this guy. Georgia State would be foolish not to look at Dip Metress. If you are going to say well he isn’t D1 and then hire some assistant who has never called his first timeout that would be a huge mistake. The man is proven himself with a winning program every where he has been.

wsj

March 3rd, 2011
4:26 pm

Kennesaw State’s Ingle was looking good winning the DII national championship but KSU is finding DI a lot tougher and they are playing in one of the weakest conferences the A-Sun.

Tom

March 3rd, 2011
5:10 pm

ITs about time he was fired.

RamJam

March 4th, 2011
9:17 am

GSooner

March 4th, 2011
10:07 am

Thank the stars. Now if we can get someone to get us back to .500

GSUAlumBaseball81

March 5th, 2011
5:58 pm

Wish CRB the best. We need someone who can lead and enspire the team to play an entire game each and every outing. We are one or two players away if we could just play with intensity for 40 minutes. Turnovers, perimeter shooting and missed freethrows in early season OT loses helped to kill this season. Basketball at GSU can and will be great in the near future! GO PANTHERS!!!

GSUAlumBaseball81

March 5th, 2011
5:58 pm

Wish CRB the best. We need someone who can lead and enspire the team to play an entire game each and every outing. We are one or two players away if we could just play with intensity for 40 minutes. Turnovers, perimeter shooting and missed freethrows in early season OT loses helped to kill this season. Basketball at GSU can and will be great in the near future! GO PANTHERS!!!