Rick Barnes honored at State Capitol

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The Tennessee males’s basketball staff was acknowledged within the Home Chamber on Monday after probably the greatest seasons in program historical past.
Adam Sparks, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee

Rick Barnes entered the State Capitol Home Chamber like a governor and exited like a beloved basketball coach. For now, he’s the latter.

Barnes, the Tennessee basketball coach, acquired a standing ovation from the Tennessee Common Meeting Monday afternoon. He posed for pictures, spoke briefly and acquired a framed copy of a decision.

Senate Joint Decision 403 was learn aloud, praising the “teaching genius of Rick Barnes.”

After a couple of minutes, Barnes acknowledged extra applause and headed for the again door. However his departure was halted by glad-handing lawmakers donning orange ties and blazers and attendees wanting autographs on UT Vols shirts and hats they introduced into the chamber.

Tennessee males’s school basketball coach Rick Barnes indicators autographs after being honored throughout a joint conference on the state Capitol constructing in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 29, 2019. (Picture: Andrew Nelles / The Tennessean)

It was an uncommon setting for a basketball coach, particularly as protesters of Gov. Invoice Lee’s controversial faculty voucher laws picketed the foyer and crammed the gallery.

However all politics apart, it was Barnes’ second within the state legislature. 

“It’s at all times nice to be again (on the State Capitol) as a result of it means we’ve achieved one thing good,” Barnes advised the Common Meeting. “This was a particular yr.”

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