Right now, the University of Texas is funding, staffing, and resourcing its revenue sports in a coherent, considered, and rational way. It’s long overdue. It’s an attempt to shape and define the market rather than just react to it. An attitude we’ll be very pleased to have cultivated when conference realignment comes along.
While the head men’s basketball coach at Texas Tech, Chris Beard took the Red Raider program to heights it had never experienced. Not even legendary coach Bob Knight, for whom Beard was an assistant from 2001-08, could win the Big 12 regular season title in Lubbock.
Chris Beard developed a multi-faceted recruiting strategy in his five seasons at Texas Tech, crafting rosters with blue-chip and underrated high school prospects in addition to several transfers. With a one-time transfer exception pending approval by the NCAA D1 Council, and the state of flux the Longhorn roster finds itself in, Beard will need to showcase his roster building abilities as one of his first acts leading the Longhorn program.
Shaka Smart spent six seasons leading the Longhorn basketball program. After an ascendant NCAA Tournament run from the First Four to the Final Four in 2011, Smart rode the momentum from five-straight NCAA Tournament appearances at Virginia Commonwealth into being Rick Barnes’ successor at The University of Texas.
ACU forward Joe Pleasant stepped to the line trailing by one with just over a second left. A 58 percent free throw shooter, Pleasant would need to hit one to tie the game at 52 and two to seal an upset over Texas for the 14-seed Wildcats.
In Matt Coleman’s freshman year, Texas lost to Nevada in overtime during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Playing in March Madness was a dream of Coleman’s ever since he realized college basketball was his future path.