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Profile of a Possible Savior: VCU head coach Will Wade

Wade is a little bit basketball nuts, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Important Questions, In Rough Order Of Importance: 1. Has he coached teams that have won a national title, made multiple deep NCAA tournament runs, and/or consistently been highly ranked? No. Will Wade is only 34-years-old and is in his fourth season as a head coach. He was a member of the VCU coaching...
Via Backing the Pack
3 days ago

Ranking the top three conferences in college basketball

There are currently eight conferences with at least one team in the AP rankings, but some conferences are clearly stronger than others.Although the SEC has ultra-powerhouse Kentucky and two other ranked teams (Florida will more than likely fall out next Monday after losing to South Carolina earlier this week), nobody would ever suggest that the South Eastern Conference is one of...
Via The Sports Quotient
January 21, 2017  |  Discuss

Texas gives Smart one-year contract extension, pay raise

Shaka Smart has been the head coach of the Texas Longhorns basketball team for one season, but that’s plenty of time for the school to like what they see. Smart has received a one year contract extension that includes a pay bump. The entire deal will keep him in Austin until after the 2022-2023 season has concluded. Smart’s base salary for the upcoming season will be about...
Via The Comeback
August 26, 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

By Dan Lyons 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," Scout's Evan Daniels...
Via College Spun
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Shaka Smart Made A Big Impression On The Mother Of The Top Recruit In Texas

New Texas head coach Shaka Smart is expected to be able to entice top talent to come to Austin, and he’s been active on the recruiting trail the past few days. The top 2016 recruit in Texas is 5-star shooting guard Terrance Ferguson of Dallas’ Prime Prep Academy, and it appears Smart has left a good early impression on Ferguson’s mother.  Just got off the phone with Shaka...
Via College Spun
April 06, 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
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