Wortman to remain at Blackman despite UT rumors

Wortman to remain at Blackman despite UT rumors

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Wortman to remain at Blackman despite UT rumors

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Barry Wortman isn’t leaving the ‘Boro any time soon.

Wortman told The Daily News Journal on Wednesday night that he will not join new Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall’s staff next season despite being a candidate to join his staff.

Wortman, who was on Tyndall’s staff at Morehead State from 2006-09, said he has decided that Blackman is currently the best place for him.

“Donnie is my best friend in life,” Wortman wrote in a text message. “I’m the best man in his wedding in August. We have visited about a position on his staff.

“I know how successful coach Tyndall and the Tennessee program is going to be. However, right now I feel like I have the perfect job for me — coaching a great group of guys at Blackman High School.”

Tyndall, who was the men’s coach at Southern Miss, was named Cuonzo Martin’s replacement on Tuesday. Tyndall was a former assistant at MTSU under current coach Kermit Davis.

Wortman led Blackman High to its first Class AAA boys basketball state championship in March. The boys basketball state title marked the first by a Rutherford County boys basketball program since defunct Central High won the 1965 state title.

The state title was the second for Wortman, who won a girls basketball state title at Hickman County.

Wortman coached at La Vergne before joining Tyndall at Morehead State. He spent one year at Oak Ridge before coming to Blackman. Wortman has led Blackman to the state tournament the past three years.

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