Texas men's basketball coach Rick Barnes offered no comment Wednesday in regard to recent reports that men's athletic director Steve Patterson plans to bring him back to coach the team next season.
The Longhorns (22-9), the No. 3 seed in this week's Big 12 tournament, are considered a lock to make the NCAA Tournament after last year's 16-18 record -- Barnes' worst in 15 years on the job. Texas went to the Big Dance 14 years in a row prior to Barnes' only losing season at Texas last year.
"Nobody had ever told me I was on the hot seat," Barnes said after Wednesday's practice. "I trust the people at Texas... They'll never tell me when it's time to go... I'll know."
Barnes was selected as Big 12 coach of the year by his peers this season. Barnes, who turns 60 in July, does not envision coaching as long as SMU's Larry Brown, 73, but is in no hurry to hang up his whistle.
"I know this. I've been around long enough to know that when my times is up at Texas, and I know it will be, I'll look back and know I've been extremely blessed to be at the University of Texas and in this profession as long as I have been," Barnes said.
Texas faces West Virginia in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.