Men's Basketball Archives

Shaka Smart still in team 411 mode

As a 38-year-old, Shaka Smart should have boundless energy. While the season is still months away, Texas basketball fans expect their leader to take charges, dive for loose balls and generally create, um, havoc. You know, like the YouTube videos promised. “I need to get back in shape,” Smart said … Read More

Texas officials back off ‘Havoc,’ a hallmark for Smart

Richmond will indeed remain the home of “Havoc.” Virginia Commonwealth officials were aghast last month when it was learned that the University of Texas System Board of Regents had filed federal trademark requests for use of the phrases “Horns Havoc” and “House of Havoc.” Now, those two trademark requests have … Read More

Shaka Smart gets to know his new Texas players

Shaka Smart says he’s all about building relationships. Well, if you can’t get players to come into the Texas men’s basketball office, then go find ’em yourself. “He’s been over to the apartments with some of the older guys. He’s been to the dorms with us,” point guard Isaiah Taylor … Read More

Isaiah Taylor stays with Horns, skips NBA draft

After thinking about his future, Texas guard Isaiah Taylor announced late Saturday that he is staying with the Longhorns and skipping the NBA draft for now. “Glad to be a Longhorn! Feels good,” Taylor posted on his Instagram account. “Looking to get this new era started. Love the guys on … Read More

‘Stole the heart of Richmond’

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Commonwealth University does not have a football program, an understandable fact considering it has medical school roots dating to 1838. Thanks to Shaka Smart, it might never get one. Football, doctors claim, is hazardous to your health. Kind of like smoking. Whether they’ll tell you that … Read More

Will Smart bring ‘Havoc’ to Horns?

RICHMOND, Va. — Shaka Smart’s eloquent opening press conference at Texas on April 3 was memorable for what he didn’t say. He never used the word “Havoc.” Smart will implement his up-tempo, in-your-face style here, no question. But should it still be called Havoc? That unmistakable phrase has become synonymous … Read More

Texas basketball season tickets going up

One month after raising football season ticket prices, Texas officials announced Tuesday that men’s basketball ticket prices are going up, too. Men’s basketball season tickets will rise an average of 7 percent for the 2015-16 season, Shaka Smart’s first in Austin. Similar to football, the biggest increases will be near … Read More

Texas basketball recruiting may surprise fans

Wednesday could bring some interesting surprises for Texas men’s coach Shaka Smart. The Longhorns could sign one or two players who were completely unexpected. Smart said Tuesday that he feels good about keeping the two recruits who signed national letters of intent with former coach Rick Barnes. Guard Kerwin Roach … Read More

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Texas officials file trademark request for ‘Strong and Smart’

That “Strong and Smart” T-shirt is well on its way. Last Friday, the day Texas officials announced the formal hiring of men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart, the UT System Board of Regents filed multiple trademark requests involving Smart’s name and the word “Havoc.” One trademark request on file with the … Read More

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Shaka Smart makes final hire, completes his coaching staff

Texas coach Shaka Smart has filled out his coaching staff just one day before basketball coaches can hit the road recruiting again. Smart has hired former Virginia Commonwealth assistant David Cason, who logged three years as an assistant at Vanderbilt before joining Smart’s VCU staff last season. Cason and Mike … Read More

Smart working to fill out his coaching staff

College basketball coaches can start recruiting again at noon Thursday, so time is of the essence. Texas coach Shaka Smart should have his staff in place by then, if current movements are any indication. Two sources said former Virginia Commonwealth assistant Mike Morrell will follow Smart to Austin. Morrell was … Read More

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Watch: Shaka Smart releases message to former lettermen

UT men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart, fresh off his hire and introductory press conference last week, released a video message to former players over the weekend recognizing their contributions to the program and encouraging them to come back and get involved. “You have complete access to our program, whether … Read More

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

Bevo Beat

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