Coaching with the heart: Tigers defensive coordinator puts love first

Matt Barnes makes getting to know the players under his watch his highest priority

By , Daily Memphian Published: June 05, 2023 4:00 AM CT

While the X’s and O’s of football are what reeled him into coaching, Matt Barnes became more interested in the interpersonal relationship side of it all as he got older.


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Frank Bonner II

Frank Bonner II

Frank Bonner is the Memphis Tigers football beat writer. He is originally from Indiana but arrived in Memphis after spending two years in Tulsa, covering Oklahoma State football and basketball. He covered high school sports in Columbus, Indiana for two years before getting his Master’s degree in Sports Journalism at IUPUI. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.


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