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Texas Basketball Coach Shaka Smart Reveals the One Person Who Had the Biggest Impact On His Coaching Style

University of Texas head coach Shaka Smart's "havoc" style of basketball in characterized by an up-tempo offense and extensive use of the full-court press. It's an aggressive brand of play, one that Smart has used with great success over his career. RELATED: 6-foot-3 Texas Guard Can Touch The Top of The Backboard At the recent Nike KD9 launch event in Austin, Texas, Smart...
Via Stack
June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Texas Head Coach Shaka Smart Had Burnt Orange Birthday Cake

Texas may have been shocked by a buzzer-beater against Northern Iowa in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament last month, but the Longhorns have a lot to be proud of.  Friday night, after the dust from the college basketball season had finally settled, head coach Shaka Smart was able to celebrate his birthday with friends. And with school pride in mind, his birthday cake was...
Via College Spun
April 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Shaka Smart Says Mack Brown Sent Him An “OU Still Sucks” Text This Morning

Texas pulled out a huge 76-63 win over its arch-rival Oklahoma today. The victory pushed the Longhorns to 19-10 on the season and strengthened the team’s case for a high seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament.  Legendary former Texas football coach Mack Brown may be an analyst for ESPN nowadays, but it appears he hasn’t fully removed himself from the Red River Rivalry. After...
Via College Spun
February 27, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Texas beats North Carolina at the buzzer

The University of Texas needed some good news at the end of a stressful and difficult week for its football program. The men’s basketball team came through on Saturday, knocking off No. 3 North Carolina 84-82 to provide a substantial boost to Shaka Smart’s first season in Austin. Texas made its last two field goals in the 35 seconds of regulation. Both baskets were the result...
Via The Comeback
December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Shaka Smart faces an obstacle Rick Barnes never faced

When Shaka Smart was hired to become the Texas Longhorns’ new head coach, the move was hailed by many within the college basketball community, and rightly so. The success Smart had at VCU, given somewhat limited resources, remains rather incredible. However, there are reasons for skepticism. I touched on this when Smart was originally hired. Texas isn’t a place where landing...
Via The Student Section
November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Former VCU commit flips to join Smart at Texas

One of Shaka Smart’s top recruits at VCU will now officially be following him to Texas. Four-star small forward Tevin Mack has chosen Texas over Georgia, Clemson, and others, according to Scout’s Evan Daniels. Tevin Mack informed Scout that he has committed to Texas. Mack is ranked No. 65 overall in Scout’s 2015 top 100. Story coming. — Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May...
Via College Spun
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

How Shaka Smart and Gregg Marshall both made right choice

The coaching darlings of the mid-major basketball world, Shaka Smart and Gregg Marshall, both made very different decisions about their futures this week. Smart decided to finally make the jump from Virginia Commonwealth to Texas, while Marshall passed up Alabama’s big money for a raise from Wichita State. Both made the right choice. And here’s why. For Marshall, the decision...
Via Rumors and Rants
April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Shaka Smart Has Already Offered His First Recruit As Texas Head Coach

Late last night, news broke that Shaka Smart, who had taken the VCU program to new heights during his six-year tenure, was leaving to become the head coach of Texas. Apparently Smart is wasting no time at his new post, as he’s already offered his first recruit, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.  Shaka Smart already getting after it since taking the Texas job. Called and offered...
Via College Spun
April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Shaka Smart agrees to become next Texas head coach

By Larry Brown Shaka Smart has finally decided to leave VCU, and Texas is the school that was able to pry him away from Richmond. Texas AD Steve Patterson met with Smart in Richmond on Thursday and the two sides agreed to a deal that will make the 37-year-old the new coach of the Longhorns. Smart has been the head coach of the Rams since 2009 and has won at least 26 games in every...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

VCU Rams attend US Navy Seals training

RICHMOND, Va.– VCU coach Shaka Smart put his team through a series of training sessions with the U.S. Navy Seals this week.  This is Smart’s fourth straight year sending his team through seals training and it looks to have proven positive for the Ram’s Havoc defense thus far.  VCU, number one in the nation in steals last season, focuses on pressuring opposing offenses with...
Via isportsweb.com
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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