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.
IT'S OFFICIAL!!! Please help us welcome home Shaka Smart and his family to the @MarquetteU and #mubb family! RELEASE: https://t.co/lMKrQxfFGZpic.twitter.com/EKcRBeOBzv
— Marquette Basketball (@MarquetteMBB) March 26, 2021
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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🗓 All weekend
Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park
Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.
11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway