Texas head coach Shaka Smart looks at the scoreboard after falling to Kansas 77-67 during a Big 12 basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Shaka Smart shakes up coaching staff, dismisses assistant David Cason

Posted March 16th, 2017

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Texas men’s coach Shaka Smart announced Thursday that assistant David Cason would not be retained, the first move in a potentially long offseason after a disappointing 11-22 campaign.

Smart was not made available to the American-Statesman for an interview. In a statement, Smart offered no specific reasoning for his decision. Cason did not return messages left by the Statesman.

“David Cason will no longer be a part of our men’s basketball coaching staff,” Smart said in the statement issued by UT. “We are very appreciative of his efforts over the last two years here at Texas. We wish David and his family well in the future as he moves forward.”

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Cason has been on the Longhorns’ staff the last two seasons and oversaw the guards. He worked under Smart at Virginia Commonwealth during the 2014-15 season.

With Cason being dismissed, Smart could opt to move Mike Morrell back into a full-time coaching role. Morrell became the director of program development last season as a way for Smart to give Jai Lucas an on-court coaching role.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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