The Shaka Smart The era has come to an end after six seasons with the Texas head coach heading to Marquette to be the new head coach of the Golden Eagles. Smart had a 109-86 record with the Longhorns, which includes a 52-56 record in the Big 12 and a 0-3 record in the NCAA Tournament.
Smart’s latest game at Forty Acres will go down in the record books as possibly the most impressive NCAA Tournament loss in show history, a 53-52 first-round loss suffered at the hands of Abilene Christian at Unity. Lucas Oil Stadium Court in Indianapolis last. Saturday. Immediately after the program’s first Big 12 Tournament championship – Texas beat Oklahoma State on March 13, 91-86, at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri – Smart’s tenure experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of the lows within seven days.
The Longhorns have not advanced into the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2008 and while Smart’s 2020-21 team, which finished with a 19-8 record and ranked No. 9 in the Top 25 final of Associated Press, won the program award. Fifth seed in the top three in March Madness (No. 3 in the Eastern Region) since the tournament expanded to a 64-team field in 1985, it’s up to the next head coach to get the program back to the level it was at. Rick barnes had it in the mid-2000s with a Final Four (2003), two trips to Sweet 16 (2002, 2004), two Elite Eight appearances (2006, 2008) and a share of two big 12 regular season championships (2006, 2008) from 2002-2008). With the program about to undergo its third coaching transition since Tom Penders was hired in 1988 (Barnes was hired to replace Penders in 1998 and Smart was hired as Barnes’s successor in 2014), Horns247 has compiled a list of coaches that might emerge. as candidates to replace Smart.
The first edition of Horns247’s Hot Board lists the candidates in alphabetical order. According to Chip Brown of Horns247, an apparent favorite for the job has already emerged for the job and is listed along with a likely choice number 2 and other candidates who are worthy of consideration and who could realistically find the job at Texas attractive enough to make your way. to Austin to be the 25th head coach in the show’s history.