Barnes states intention to stay with Longhorns

Updated: March 16, 2005, 7:25 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Texas coach Rick Barnes said Wednesday there's no basis to the speculation he might be a candidate for the Virginia coaching job vacated this week by Pete Gillen.

The Longhorns (20-10) are in Indianapolis for a first-round NCAA Tournament game on Thursday against Nevada.

Gillen resigned on Monday with just one NCAA appearance in seven years at Virginia, and Barnes was one of several coaches mentioned prominently as a possible successor.

"I don't get caught up in it because there's nothing to it," Barnes said.

"I said before, I fully intend to be at Texas for a long time and I love my job here. I think it's a great opportunity. I still think we've got work to do."

He said the speculation has not been a distraction as the Longhorns prepare for their seventh straight NCAA Tournament under Barnes.

"I'm not going to get into the rumors going with it, but it hasn't been a problem because I just don't take it very seriously," he said.

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