Rick Barnes’ job at Texas is safe for another season.

Athletic director Steve Patterson gave his men’s basketball coach a strong endorsement in a phone interview Monday afternoon.

“We’re not planning on making any changes,” Patterson said. “Rick had a great year. They’re a lot of fun to watch. They will have a lot of talent coming back. I don’t see a reason to make a change.

“I think it’s an impressive job of coaching.”

Barnes entered the season as a popular media choice for the hot seat after failing to make the NCAA tournament in 2012-13 for the first time in 15 seasons at Texas. Despite just one scholarship upperclassman on the roster, the Longhorns have rebounded to finish 22-9 overall and 11-7 in the Big 12, good for the third seed in the conference tournament.

Barnes was voted the conference Coach of the Year by his peers Sunday.

“I’m pleased and the fan base should be,” Patterson said. “Rick’s work has been an asset for the university. By any measure, it’s a great turnaround year and everybody should recognize it.”

Still, Texas has lost its last five conference road games.

“You look at how tough the Big 12 is, we’re going to have seven or eight teams in the NCAA Tournament,” Patterson said. “It’s a tough conference to win on the road. Everybody else struggled when they went on the road, too.”