Texas not planning to part ways with coach Shaka Smart, report says

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first_img Texas A&M fires coach Billy Kennedy, Buzz Williams ‘strong favorite’ to replace him, reports say Shaka Smart appears like he’ll be back on the Texas sidelines.The school is expected to bring back its coach next season even if it does not reach the NCAA Tournament, according to a report from the Austin American-Statesman, which cites multiple unidentified sources. Texas was widely praised for luring Smart away from VCU in April 2015, but he has had an up-and-down tenure with the school. He holds a 66-66 overall record and has never advanced past the first round of the NCAA Tournament with the Longhorns. The Longhorns have some big wins, including victories over Kansas, Purdue and North Carolina, but finished the season 16-16. A team with a .500 or worse record has never received an at-large bid.“If you’re going to evaluate teams based on the quality of their wins we definitely, I think, deserve strong consideration,” Smart said following the team’s Big 12 Tournament loss to Kansas. Related News “Remember, it’s about integrity,” Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said, via the Statesman. “You can cut corners in search of more wins, but you must have integrity. Think about that during this process.”Smart has four years left on his contract, which is worth at least $12.9 million, according to the Statesman.last_img

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