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Now that Greg Brown is a Longhorn, how will Texas’ Shaka Smart divvy up playing time?

Five-star recruit Greg Brown III has become a Longhorn. Now comes the next question: Who’s going to lose playing time? Every college basketball game has 200 minutes available for each team. It’s impossible for all five players to play a full 40 minutes each night, so … Read More

After years of pursuit, Texas’ Shaka Smart lands five-star Greg Brown from Horns’ backyard

Say whatever you will about Shaka Smart. But as a recruiter, whenever a five-star athlete lands his crosshairs, Smart doesn’t miss. Smart spent years building relationships with Jarrett Allen and Mo Bamba and their families. To them, he was more than just the Texas basketball coach. Read More

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High-flying Greg Brown staying home as Vandegrift standout commits to Texas

Greg Brown III spent four years dunking on all comers at Vandegrift. Can he do it at the next level? After months of playing coy, Brown finally made the announcement Friday that most expected all along. The 6-foot-9, five-star standout committed to Texas during a broadcast … Read More

Live events still uncertain, Texas athletics planning a virtual day-long tailgate party

Zoom will become a four-letter word in Drew Martin’s house, if it’s not already. No amount of webcasting can supplant face-to-face interaction, especially when your job is to interact with Texas fans. As UT’s director of external operations, Martin and his staff were ready for the … Read More

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Report: Texas basketball to host Villanova in Big 12/Big East Battle next season

Texas’ non-conference home schedule will get a major boost next season with Villanova coming to Austin as part of the Big 12/Big East Battle, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein. Rothstein reported all 10 matchups on Wednesday, however a Texas spokesman said he could not confirm UT’s slot. Read More

Recapping our Texas Ten: Joseph Ossai, Charli Collier were both breakout Longhorns

This was supposed to be a typically busy weekend in a whirlwind spring semester at Texas. Baseball, softball, track, tennis and golf should be going strong. Instead, it’s quiet. Nobody knows when this coronavirus stoppage will end, and everybody is now worried about football season. School … Read More

12 Things about Big 12 basketball: The race to the bottom and a conference history lesson

12. The race to the bottom: What is going on at Iowa State? In the last column I was pretty positive on Iowa State. But in what seemed like a few hours, their 2020-2021 outlook completely changed. The Cyclones lost Tyrese Haliburton, which was expected, then lost Terrence Lewis, Zion … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 175: ESPN’s Jake Trotter: Is it all on Baker Mayfield in Cleveland?; Shaka’s back but what about Karen Aston?

Austin’s Baker Mayfield didn’t get it done with the Cleveland Browns last season and Browns beat writer Jake Trotter of ESPN.com joins Kirk and Ced to discuss why it didn’t work out and if Mayfield can turn it around. With Chris Del Conte announcing he will retain basketball coach Shaka … Read More

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Texas to host Gonzaga in home-and-home men’s basketball series on Nov. 13

Texas has reached a home-and-home agreement to play Gonzaga in men’s basketball beginning next season in Austin, according to a UT spokesman. The Longhorns will play the Zags at the Erwin Center on Nov. 13. They would then play a return game in Spokane, Wash., during … Read More

His future now certain, Texas coach Shaka Smart can plow headfirst into the offseason

Now that there’s more clarity about his future, Shaka Smart can plow headfirst into the offseason. But the coming months will be no regular offseason for the Texas men’s basketball coach. Students begin classes this week as the spring semester starts up again, albeit … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Is Shaka Smart settling in — or is Texas just settling?

The Shaka Smart Redemption Tour continues. Practically everything else in the world has been shut down thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but the never-ending saga that is the Texas head basketball coach continues to lurch forward. Smart will return next season. RELATED: ‘Shaka’s our coach’: Texas … Read More

‘Shaka’s our coach’: Texas AD Chris Del Conte is sticking with Shaka Smart for 2020-21

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte faces serious questions daily from parents about the well-being of nearly 525 student-athletes and the Longhorns’ financial health in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. But he hasn’t wavered in his support of men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart, who will … Read More

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Texas assistant Luke Yaklich ‘extremely excited’ to take over at Illinois-Chicago

Luke Yaklich has always been a Chicago guy. He was raised in LaSalle, Ill., about 100 miles west and went to school at Illinois State. So it made perfect sense for Yaklich to get his first head coaching job near home. As expected, Illinois-Chicago … Read More

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Texas basketball recruit Greg Brown III named state’s player of the year

Vandegrift senior Greg Brown III became the first Austin area boys basketball player to be named the Texas Gatorade Player of the Year Thursday, continuing an honors-laden offseason for the 6-foot-8 blue-chip recruit. Brown, a four-year starter for the Vipers, averaged 26 points, 13.2 rebounds and 3.4 blocks while leading … Read More

Even in coronavirus pandemic, construction continues at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Moody Center

While many workers are stuck at home, construction marches on at Royal-Memorial Stadium and the Moody Center. Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said “so far, so good” as workers swing hammers and excavate dirt even after Austin and Travis County’s shelter-in-place orders were put … Read More

Impact of coronavirus means NCAA faces $475 million decrease in revenue, credit-rating firm estimates

The NCAA is facing decreases of $475 million in revenues and $380 million in expenses for its current fiscal year, according to estimates in a report released Tuesday by one of the nation’s three major credit-rating firms. The amounts for 2020 would represent a 42% decline in revenue and a … Read More

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Texas assistant Luke Yaklich leaving Longhorns to becoming Illinois-Chicago head coach

Texas assistant coach Luke Yaklich will be named the new men’s basketball head coach at Illinois-Chicago, according to a source familiar with the situation. UIC could make it official on Tuesday.  Neither Yaklich nor UT coach Shaka Smart could not be reached. Yaklich came … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball: Where do we go from here — A look at 2020-21 teams

12. What just happened What are we doing here this week not talking about the NCAA Tournament? There’s no sense in complaining about a sporting event being canceled during a pandemic only to say that there were a lot of things that could have been done if more people in … Read More

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Report: Texas ex Kevin Durant tests positive for coronavirus

Former Texas standout Kevin Durant is one of four Brooklyn Nets who have tested positive for COVID-19. Durant told The Athletic he had indeed tested positive. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” Durant told the website on … Read More

Texas athletes, coaches come to grips with stoppage, all wonder what’s next

Those in the stands cheered the NCAA’s decision to cancel March Madness and all spring championships over coronavirus fears. The competitors in the arena were devastated. “Speechless,” Texas guard Sug Sutton tweeted Thursday. Her Longhorns teammate Joyner Holmes tweeted, “Absolutely speechless… … Read More