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UT's Shaka Smart leaves Longhorns for Marquette head coach position

(Texas Sports)

University of Texas head men's basketball coach Shaka Smart has been hired by Marquette Univerisity after six mediocre seasons with the Longhorns.

Marquette verified it was bringing Smart on to fill its vacant head basketball coach position Friday after initial reports circulated Friday morning.

Under Smart's lead, the Longhorns were 0-3 in the NCAA Tournament despite reaching a No. 3 seed for the first time since 2008. The Longhorns were 51-56 in the Big 12 during Smart's tenure.

Although Smart produced his best team yet this season and secured the school's first-ever Big 12 Championship, the team couldn't close and faced an embarrassing upset loss against fellow Texas team Abilene Christian in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The underdogs, who were seeded No. 14 and had never had a tournament win, pulled a David and Goliath with a 53-52 win to end the Longhorn season.

Smart switched to Marquette before the university took action. He had about $7.1 million in guaranteed income left on his remaining two-year contract.

This story has been updated to include that Marquette confirmed the hire of Shaka Smart.


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