Barnes states intention to stay with Longhorns

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

"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.