Several Texas senators are criticizing a
$200,000 raise for Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes as the
university faces likely budget cuts.
School regents approved the raise Wednesday. Barnes was owed a
$75,000 increase under his contract. Another $125,000 was added to
keep him among the 10 highest-paid coaches in the country.
The Texas athletic department is self-supporting and the raise
does not include tax money.
State Sen. Kirk Watson, a Democrat representing Austin, says the
regents are tone deaf to a state budget crisis that could result in
heavy cuts to Texas higher education.
In January, Texas Tech gave football coach Tommy Tuberville a
$500,000 raise, prompting complaints by university faculty in
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