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Isaiah Taylor still on fence; Shaka Smart goes on offense

New coaches always want to dive right into recruiting, using the initial euphoria to round up some new players. Texas coach Shaka Smart’s first priority should be to impress Isaiah Taylor. Two sources inside the Texas basketball program said they believe Taylor is strongly considering going into the NBA draft … Read More

History-making Longhorns

New Texas coach Shaka Smart said his cellphone was overloaded with congratulatory texts from colleagues all over the country. One in particular piqued his interest. Smart learned Thursday that he had become the first black men’s basketball coach in school history. Couple Smart’s hire with football coach Charlie Strong, and … Read More

Buyout money adds up for Texas athletics

How bad does Texas want to win? School officials will pay the $500,000 to buy out Shaka Smart’s contract from Virginia Commonwealth, pushing the grand total to almost $10 million in UT outflows just to change football and men’s basketball head coaches. School officials came to terms with former coach … Read More

Texas makes Smart offer that’s too good to refuse

Shaka Smart has had plenty of chances to leave Virginia Commonwealth and always turned them down flat. Marquette made a decent push. UCLA came close. Minnesota and Southern California were once rumored to be after him. School officials always broke the bank to keep Smart, their biggest star on a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Welcome to Austin, Shaka! (Now, go win a title)

Welcome to Austin, Shaka Smart. Now win a national championship. OK, you can unpack first. But we all know that’s why you’re here. Otherwise, you’d be propping up your feet in Richmond today. You left all that is near and dear to you to win it all. Otherwise, why leave … Read More

Smart Decision

Shaka Smart, a 37-year-old considered one of the top young coaches in college basketball, has agreed to leave Virginia Commonwealth and become the new men’s coach at Texas. A high-level source told the American-Statesman that Smart would likely have a five- or possibly six-year contract worth approximately $3 million annually. Read More

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Follow Live: Shaka Smart’s first Longhorns press conference

Rick Barnes’ men’s basketball coach replacement will step in front of the cameras in his first Texas Longhorns press conference at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Follow our live coverage of Shaka Smart’s first Longhorns presser … Read More

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Welcome Shaka Smart to Texas with this Chaka Khan playlist

Shaka, Shaka, Shaka Shaka Smart Shaka Smart Shaka Smart Shaka Smart Shaka Smart Let me rock you Let me rock you Shaka Smart Let me rock you That’s all I wanna do Shaka Smart Let me rock you … Read More

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BREAKING: Shaka Smart leaving VCU to become new men’s coach at Texas

Shaka Smart, a 37-year-old considered one of the top young coaches in college basketball, has agreed in principle to become the new coach at Texas, a high-level source told the American-Statesman. Smart met face to face with Texas athletic director Steve Patterson on Thursday afternoon in Richmond, Va. School officials … Read More

Source: Texas AD Steve Patterson off to get Shaka Smart

Shaka Smart is close to becoming a Texas Longhorn. A high-level Texas source told the American-Statesman that Athletic Director Steve Patterson is scheduled to fly Richmond, Va., on Thursday to pick up Smart and bring him to the Austin campus for a tour. The source said Patterson was hopeful he … Read More

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BREAKING: Texas AD Steve Patterson will land in Richmond after 4 p.m.

A high-level Texas source confirmed that Texas athletic director Steve Patterson is currently en route to Richmond, Va., on a Learjet owned by a friend of UT President Bill Powers. The American-Statesman reported Wednesday that Patterson was scheduled to fly to Richmond and meet with Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart … Read More

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Texas cancels men’s basketball banquet scheduled for April 14

Longhorn Foundation members are being notified that the Texas men’s basketball banquet scheduled for April 14 has been canceled. A Foundation representative told the Statesman that former coach Rick Barnes has asked to hold a private event with current team members and their families at a future time. Barnes … Read More

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Rick Barnes roundup: What you might have missed

On Tuesday morning, the University of Tennessee announced that it had hired Rick Barnes as its men’s basketball coach just two days after Barnes’ departure from Texas. Here’s a look at all the Rick Barnes news and commentary you may have missed over the past few days. Thursday A … Read More

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Texas AD Steve Patterson releases open letter on men’s basketball

Texas athletic Steve Patterson has released an open letter to men’s basketball season ticket holders. The letter is listed below in its entirety: First, I wanted to take the time to thank you for your continued support of Texas Athletics and particularly our men’s basketball team by corresponding directly to … Read More

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Rick Barnes: ‘Thankful God has blessed me in so many ways’

Struggling to hold back his emotions, Rick Barnes said he loved Jesus, blessed to have so many friendships and thoroughly enjoyed his 17 years as the men’s basketball coach at the University of Texas. “I just want you to know that I’m really, really thankful that God has blessed me … Read More

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Texas makes it official: Steve Patterson, Rick Barnes ‘mutually agree’ to part ways

The University of Texas made an official announcement Sunday morning that Men’s Athletic Director Steve Patterson and men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes have “mutually agreed” to part ways. The American-Statesman reported Saturday that Barnes was notified he was being fired. A news conference is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Read More

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Live coverage: Rick Barnes press conference

Men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes is holding a press conference at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, a day after it was reported that UT officials had decided to fire him. Shaka, Shocker or someone else? Who replaces Rick Barnes? Photos: Rick Barnes’ potential replacements Photos: … Read More

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Shaka, Shocker or someone else? Who replaces Rick Barnes?

Staff writer Brian Davis’ seven potential candidates Texas may pursue to replace Rick Barnes, listed in order of probability that the Longhorns could get: Shaka Smart, Virginia Commonwealth Record: 163-56 (6 years). Age: 37 Pros: Jumped onto the national radar by leading VCU to the 2011 Final Four. VCU was ranked as high as … Read More

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Source: Texas officials will release men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes

Texas officials have decided to release men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes, the winningest coach in school history, a source told the American-Statesman on Saturday. The high-level source, who is familiar with the situation, said school officials reached their final decision Saturday and plan on making an announcement either Sunday or Monday. It’s … Read More

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Follow Live: Texas vs. Butler in the NCAA Tournament

Kirk Bohls and Brian Davis are live tweeting from Texas’ first game of the NCAA Tournament. In other Big 12 action this afternoon, UAB upset Iowa State, 60-59, which busted the American-Statesman’s Cedric Golden’s bracket (and probably a few others). Several people took to Twitter with their reactions from the game, … Read More