Reports: Texas hires Shaka Smart to lead Longhorns

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Texas has hired one of the best young coaches in college basketball to lead the Longhorns, multiple outlets reported Thursday night citing sources. 

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson flew to Richmond, Va., on Thursday and offered Smart the chance to coach in the Big 12 Conference at its richest school. Apparently the offer was too good to pass up. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Smart met with his players late Thursday night but what was said in that meeting wasn’t clear because the players and Smart did not answer questions from reporters. 

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Smart led VCU to at least 26 victories in each of his six seasons as head coach of the Rams. He led VCU to its first Final Four in 2011 with his team playing a relentless pressing style of basketball affectionately dubbed “Havoc” at the school. 

Smart, 37, replaces Rick Barnes who coached the Longhorns the past 17 years but had not advanced to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament since 2008 and was recently fired. 

Smart might have done one of his best coaching jobs this season, particularly in the latter stages of the season after losing star Briante Weber to a knee injury. The Rams rallied from that devastating news in late January to win the A-10 Conference tournament and get into the NCAA tournament. 


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