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Coaching relationships take a hit

Exposure, competition and high salaries affect friendships in the business

Originally Published: May 3, 2012
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

Rick Barnes was recruiting in Connecticut, trying to find guys for his then-boss, George Mason head coach Joe Harrington, when he spied Jim Calhoun sitting in the bleachers.

This was back when Calhoun was making a name for himself as a head coach at Northeastern and Barnes was in the infancy of his coaching career, helping Harrington build Mason from the ground up.

"I walked up to him and said, 'I'm Rick Barnes. I'm an assistant coach at George Mason,' and then I ...

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