Shaka Smart Leaving Texas For Marquette

After failing to win a single NCAA Tournament game in six seasons at Texas, Shaka Smart is leaving to take the head coaching job at Marquette, per Jon Rothstein of College Hoops Today.

Smart went from creating the “havoc” full-court press while at VCU, to using a slower-paced, methodical approach while at Texas. He compiled a 109-86 record with the Longhorns, but went just 52-56 in the Big 12. And no, they never won a game in the Big Dance.

This year, Smart and Texas were eliminated in the first round by Abilene Christian, an in-state mid-major program that has been been a member of Division I for less than a decade.

At Marquette, Smart will replace Steve Wojciechowski, who was fired at the end of the season. Smart had two years left on his contract with Texas, but the buyout option was said to be fairly manageable.

An official announcement on Smart’s move to Marquette is expected soon.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Smart is just going home. He’s from Madison, Wisconsin. Marquette has a good basketball history going back to the days of Al Mcguireand winning the 1977 NCAA Championship. Dwayne Wade went there also. The Big East is a good basketball conference also

  2. He’s going back to a conference where we can win it every year, doesn’t have to fight for top notch players, pressure is much lower, and all he has to do is win a couple of NCAA tournament games every few years. And he’ll cash a nice, not great check (relatively speaking).

    He’s basically saying that he’s “getting out of the
    kitchen”.

  3. Classy move by the real UT (sorry outkick lol). Let him go out back door with tail between legs and save embarrassed of having his wiki page show he was fired. I met him a few times and he’s the most unassuming guy in the room. Slouching, small voice, unimpressive.

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