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Lawmakers criticize Rick Barnes' raise

Updated: May 12, 2011, 5:34 PM ET
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Several Texas senators on Thursday criticized the recent $200,000 raise for Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes, calling it "nuts" and "tone deaf" during a state budget crisis that threatens deep cuts to higher education.

The state is facing a budget shortfall that some estimates put as high as $27 billion. Current spending proposals would cut money for universities and tuition programs for poor students.

Barnes' raise was approved by university regents on Wednesday.

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