Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart will return for the 2020-21 season, according to a report from the Austin American-Statesman.
“Shaka’s our coach,” Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte told the Statesman. “Nothing’s changed.”
The Smart era at Texas has been inconsistent at best. The Longhorns have two NCAA Tournament appearances in Smart’s previous four seasons, and zero wins. Texas was on the bubble of the 2020 NCAA Tournament, but the bracket was never revealed due to COVID-19.
During his tenure, the Longhorns have produced three first round NBA draft picks: Jarrett Allen, Mohamed Bamba and Jaxson Hayes. Those three players combined for zero tourney wins. In fact, Texas hasn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since knocking off 10-seed Arizona State in the 2014 tourney, Rick Barnes’ penultimate season with the program.
However, Smart will get another crack at things in 2020-21. Every contributor returns to the program. Additionally, 5-star Austin Vandegrift forward Greg Brown has given indications that he would strongly consider Texas if Smart was retained. Brown is projected as a lottery pick in the 2021 NBA Draft by ESPN.
Smart’s three-year contract has a $10.5 million buyout. He has a 90-78 record at Texas, including 40-50 in the Big 12.