Smart entered the season on the hot seat in Austin, and grumbling persisted after a midseason slump. However, Texas' strong finish to the regular season and conference tournament title seemed to indicate things were looking up for the head coach.
However, last night killed a lot of the optimism. It left some fans and pundits wondering if Smart's time in Texas was coming to an end, even though he still has two years remaining on his current contract.
At the very least, most of the college basketball world agreed that Smart has turned the heat up on himself even higher as he heads into the offseason.
In six seasons at Texas, Shaka Smart is 109-86 overall, with three first round NCAA Tournament losses, an NIT championship and an 11-22 season in 2016-17.
There's no other way to say it than he has been a disappointing hire for the Longhorns after his successful run at VCU.
We'll see if he gets another opportunity to change the narrative.