Shaka Smart has a problem. It's not a new problem, mind you. No. It's a problem he's been dealing with for an entire season and, indeed, one Texas fans have had to endure over four straight postseasons of limited success.
The media embraced Rick Barnes in a way that the fan base never did. The argument, here, is that Burnt Orange Nation never warmed to Barnes to the extent that it did his predecessors Tom Penders or Abe Lemons. And that contributed to what has generally been a half-empty, dispassionate arena.
Did Barnes deserve to be fired? The answer to that question is subjective; rest assured, his replacement's resume will pale in comparison to his, so no need to talk about wins and losses and successes and failures here. Most would agree he was probably the best basketball coach in the school's history. He didn't cheat. He was loyal to his staff. He worked hard. A great many of his players cared a great deal about him.
Rick Barnes publicly resigned Sunday as Texas’ winningest basketball coach during an impromptu press conference on the UT campus. His parting shots – after 17 years on the job -- were classy and heartfelt, despite assurances his was job was safe following the Longhorns’ March 19 loss to Butler in the NCAA Tournament.
Yes, we are talking about practice. Latest from the Frank Denius Fields as UT gets into full spring swing, plus the Texas Relays are in town along with some of the nation's best athletes. Great chance for Strong to say hello to a handful of prospects and targets. We also talk to a new offer, a new QB target, and the very latest on Rick Barnes. We are sitting on the front row in this week's Inside Scoop.
In this edition of Mondays of the Humidor we spend most of our time recovering from a spring break without any football. We still have some bulleted information to tide you over before spring ball, but it’s not going to be the comprehensive information that you’re used to. On the basketball front, things seem to be getting heated as factions play point and counter point while Rick Barnes’ job hangs in the balance.