After a three-week search, Central Michigan University has reportedly found their new men's basketball head coach to replace the out-going Keno Davis.
Tony Barbee, currently an assistant at Kentucky under John Calipari, is the expected to take the position, per _Central Michigan Life_'s Christian Booher.
Source confirms to @CMLIFE that Kentucky assistant Tony Barbee is the new head men's basketball coach at Central Michigan.— Christian Booher (@CBooher_) April 22, 2021
Barbee was previously known to be leaving the Wildcats program after a staff shake-up this offseason, per Kyle Tucker of _The Athletic_, who later confirmed Barbee would be hired at CMU.
As an associate assistant coach, Barbee's main responsibility was game-planning and scouting, a job he held for seven seasons, resulting in four regular-season conference titles.
Barbee's last stop as a head coach was at Auburn, becoming the program's first black coach, where he finished 49-75 (18-50 Southeastern Conference) and went 0-4 in SEC tournament appearances from 2010-14.
Before that, Barbee became the first black head coach in program history at UTEP, leading the Miners from 2006-10, accumulating an 82-52 (39-25 Conference USA) record. In his time in El Paso, Barbee won a conference title and made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, both in 2010, en route to Coach of the Year honors.
Barbee, a Calipari disciple who formerly played under him at UMass from 1989-93, was also on Calipari’s staffs at UMass (1996-98) and Memphis (2000-06,) with additional stops as an assistant in Wyoming (1998-99) and UMass again (1999-2000.)
Barbee, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, will be formally introduced to media on Friday afternoon.