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Texas Coach Addresses Kerwin Roach's Suspension

Shaka Smart of the Texas Longhorns.

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 07: Head coach Shaka Smart of the Texas Longhorns reacts from the bench during the first round of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament against the Iowa State Cyclones at the Sprint Center on March 7, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Time is running out for Kerwin Roach, who is currently serving his second suspension of the season. With conference play almost over, the latest update on Texas' senior guard isn't too promising.

It's possible that Texas could find itself in the NCAA tournament with a few more signature wins, but the focus right now in Austin is on the unfortunate suspension to Roach. Once again, the Houston native violated team rules.

Texas lost its first game in his absence by one possession to Oklahoma. Not having the leading scorer on the floor clearly hurt during crunch time.

When talking about Roach during his media session, head coach Shaka Smart did admit that he could be without his top guard for the rest of the season. He also revealed that he won't make the final decision.

From Burnt Orange Nation:

“Without getting into too much detail, he’s made a ton of progress,” Smart said. “He’s made a lot of right decisions. So it’s not a situation where he hasn’t grown and hasn’t moved forward. But obviously, with this recent turn of events, he had to be suspended and that’s where we are.

“With where he is in his career and how close he is to graduation, it’s not a situation where we would say that we’re going to cast you aside. He’s been here for almost four years and you want to see him as best he can finish the best way that he can, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be the last chapter.”

With only four games remaining, the Longhorns will need a big run to punch their ticket to the dance.

As for Roach, he'll have to continue showing signs of maturity if he wants any chance of returning to the hardwood.

[Burnt Orange Nation]