As much as new Texas head basketball coach Shaka Smart won his opening press conference with everyone in attendance and watching it on TV, it was a soon to be senior that probably gave the most perspective as to the changes you might see in the Texas program.
In the second part of Mondays in the Humidor we’ve got a special football and hoops split with our two best sources on the matter. Our hoops Cigar had a conversation with Shaka Smart and has his own thoughts on how Smart’s style and brand of basketball will play at a place like Texas both on the court and on the recruiting trail. On the football front, we get our Cigar’s thoughts on life after Saturday’s scrimmage and where this team goes from here.
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.
*Audible sigh of relief coming from tim beam’s living room* Okay, so it appears to be a done deal. And, in exactly two week’s time, Texas has gone from a program in flux to one of seemingly ultimate excitement with the announcement that VCU head coach Shaka Smart will replace Rick Barnes.