8. Rick Barnes – University of Texas
As we’ll see, this list isn’t here to call out the coaches most deserving of hate, but rather, the most hated. And hate, especially in the world of sports, can come from a pretty irrational place. Like detesting the state in which someone works.
While Texas is an easy target for most of the nation on a number of political and social fronts, the University of Texas’ most staunch critics might just be their fans and Board of Regents. As such, when you can’t even get your own people behind you, you’re a good candidate for this list.
Barnes has taken the Horns to the tourney 14 out of 15 years, which is pretty amazing for a football school. However, there’s been only one Final Four appearance (2003), and the boosters and fans for UT don’t have long memories. It might not be projected as much as it is with many others, but if you’re not moving forward in this instance, you’re drawing some ire.