Monday was supposed to be a pleasant day for the University of Texas and Austinites. South by Southwest was going on, Rick Barnes had been named Big 12 Coach of the Year, and Charlie Strong was crusading for a rivalry rebirth – all was peachy. Then, out of the depths of the Frank Erwin Center, came a picture so horrifying it crippled Longhorn Nation: Justin Bieber throwing the Hook ‘em Horns alongside Barnes.
Unsurprisingly, the Twitterverse jumped on the photo immediately. After all, Bieber is America’s least favorite Canadian, and Rick Barnes is one of the game’s top punching bags. Below are some of the quick-witted and barbed-tongued responses to Ricky and the Biebs.
— Chris Littmann (@chrislittmann) March 10, 2014
Actual joke: Just the latest overhyped Canadian recruit to throw up the horns with Rick Barnes!
— Andy Hutchins (@AndyHutchins) March 10, 2014
Rick Barnes thinks he just took a photo with Mack Brown’s granddaughter. pic.twitter.com/Pqtthg3XiY
— Thomas Beisner (@Beisner_cn2) March 10, 2014
— SB Nation (@SBNation) March 10, 2014
remarkable that out of all the celebrities in austin right now for SXSW, somehow rick barnes ends up taking a picture with bieber.
— stringsays (@stringsays) March 10, 2014
— Alex Plinck (@aplinckTX) March 10, 2014
TAKE AWAY RICK BARNES COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD… RIGHT NOW!!!!! http://t.co/4vi5ATKUgI
— Zach McCrite (@BigEZ) March 10, 2014
lol, there’s a picture of Bieber with Rick Barnes at UT. I should really be upset but I can’t stop fucking giggling.
— David A. Wong (@dalong00) March 10, 2014
— diana. (@lyricaljustin) March 10, 2014
— Chris Pilcher (@Texan3034) March 10, 2014