The Texas Longhorn Guide to Winning Friends and Influencing Enemies, Rick Barnes Edition
The Houston Cougars play George Mason tonight in the second round of the CBI Tournament. The CBI is a third-rate tournament that takes the schools that aren't even good enough for the NIT. And the Cougars are, at this moment, one of those schools.
Yeah, that's right Rick, you and the Horns lost again
But mock the CBI all you want, mock the Cougars all you want, but there's one thing that the Cougars are doing tonight that the Texas Longhorns aren't doing. The Houston Cougars are playing basketball tonight. The Longhorns aren't playing tonight because they couldn't even win one game in this mediocre third-rate tournament.
The Longhorns aren't playing because they lost to the Houston Cougars last Wednesday night. Judging by the pained expressions on his face throughout the game, and his dickish attitude during the post-game press conference, Texas coach Rick Barnes couldn't believe that his clearly superior team lost to the Houston Cougars in the opening round of a third-rate tournament. A third-rate tournament that the slumming Longhorns should easily dominate.
How do we know that Barnes thinks his team was superior? He told that to us members of the assembled media dutifully listening to his postgame statements. Oh, he didn't exactly say his team was superior, but the meaning was pretty damn clear.
When asked after the game if the Longhorns would be willing to schedule the Cougars in the future, Barnes said no. His response was that the Longhorns play a "national schedule" then he rattled off some major schools the Horns will be playing next season. Then while going on about the Horns national schedule, Barnes further stated that he also had to deal with various television executives and had to make sure their programming needs were met.
But he offered, if the Cougars were willing to travel to Austin, he'd play them any time they wanted. As long as the Cougars didn't request a home-and-home series in which the Longhorns would be forced to play in Houston, because if the Longhorns were forced to play in Houston, then they wouldn't play the Cougars.
Now the reason the Horns were forced to play in Houston last week was simple. The Texas basketball team, coached awfully by Barnes, sucked this season, finishing with a losing record. That still should have been enough for the Longhorns to host a game in the tournament because they can actually deliver decent crowds for their mediocre product. Unfortunately for Barnes however, his home arena wasn't available because it was hosting games in the second round of the NCAA Tournament -- that tournament the Longhorns weren't good enough to get into. This meant that the great national powerhouse that is the Longhorns had to stoop to traveling to Houston and playing the lowly Cougars.