PHOTO: Rick Barnes is bringing back the candy striper warmups

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As a college basketball writer, it’s one of my biggest fears to be so far behind on a story that I didn’t even know the story was going viral.

I may not be great at my job, but I’m not terrible at my job (I swear I’m not, VCU fans) and that would mean that I was be terrible at my job.

So you should understand the fear that gripped my soul when I saw that Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes was trending on twitter today.

What was Rick Barnes trending on twitter?

Because he decided to wear these to a press conference:

Why did Rick Barnes wear those pants to a press conference?

Wes Rucker, a Tennessee beat writer we still like despite being Knoxville’s most annoying Arsenal fan, has the answer: