Poised and polished.
Shaka Smart was both today as he was announced as the new Men’s Basketball coach at Texas.
In Smart, Texas nabbed a 37-year-old, rising star who took Virginia Commonwealth to the 2011 Final Four in just his third season. The Rams recorded five straight upsets during that run, including top-seed Kansas.
Multiple reports say VCU head basketball coach Shaka Smart could be named the new Men’s basketball coach at Texas. The announcement could come Thursday or Friday.
This week’s Notebook starts in Houston with the state’s top LB and finishes in Central Texas with a trio of up-and-comers. We finish with practice perspective from a few of the state’s best prospects who attended Texas Relays and watched some of Longhorns’ Spring practices. All in the Recruiting Notebook.
Texas officials have confirmed to Longhorn Network that Texas Men’s Basketball coach Rick Barnes and the University will “mutually part ways” after 17 seasons in Austin.
Texas head coach Charlie Strong talked to the media for the first time since signing a consensus Top 10 class in 2015 today. As Spring practice opens, so do the team’s expectations. Lots to discuss including the quarterback position, the offensive line, linebackers, and the injury updates. And what about special teams?
The Horns were in the Top 10 at Christmas and unranked by Valentine’s Day. Texas season ends unceremoniously at 20-14. This is Texas Basketball.
The Inside Texas Recruiting Notebook hits the state of Texas in this edition. After the Opening Regionals in Arlington last weekend, we’ve identified four prospects squarely on the Longhorns radar. All in this week’s Notebook.
Lots of recruiting tidbits and the closest thing to football we have in March was in Arlington on Sunday. Nike’s The Opening Regionals were held at Lamar HS. It used to be known as Nike Football Training Camp (NFTC) but maybe that was too fancy. Either way, a record 13 prospects were invited to the main event, The Opening in Oregon. While there were no current Longhorns’ commits on the roster, that, just like last year, will change.
Austin LBJ’s Johnnie Williams and Mineola’s Riley Anderson both braved the freezing elements last Saturday to take in a Texas Junior Day. But both took different paths to get here.
If you were expecting a flurry of commitments on Saturday, adjust your expectations. What you should expect actually happened. After yesterday’s tumultuous weather of freezing temperatures and rain, the players that actually did show up proved one thing; they really like Texas.