The Tennessee men’s basketball head coach held a news conference Tuesday to celebrate his staying with the Volunteers. But he really sounded as if he’d rather be in Westwood. Barnes, 64, was courted by UCLA to replace Steve Alford, but negotiations broke down over the $5 million buyout owed to Tennessee if Barnes left. But for that, “I think I would have been the coach at UCLA,” Barnes said. Then he spoke of attending a basketball camp as an eighth-grader specifically because former UCLA head coach John Wooden and Pete Maravich were guest speakers. “I’ve got pictures of myself sitting in John Wooden’s house,” Barnes said.
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The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was feeling pretty embarrassed after going on the 10-day injured list with a broken toe on his right foot. That’s because Snell, 26, got hurt not in the heat of a game but by walking out of the shower and trying to move a large granite item. “Really dumb” is how Snell put it. “It’s like a three-piece set and this pole that comes up like 2½, 3 feet,” he explained. “Went to move it, I lifted it up and it wasn’t glued to the pole and the pole came crashing down.” Snell is 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA in four starts this season. He is eligible to return next Wednesday and thinks he might miss just one start.
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