Texas’ hiring of Shaka Smart in 2015 was lauded by nearly everyone. The young head coach starred at VCU and seemed primed for a major opportunity.
Since then, though, the Longhorns have had serious mixed results. The program has made two NCAA Tournaments in three seasons, but it’s yet to win a game.
Today, Texas blew a 14-point lead in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, falling to Nevada in an insane game.
Longhorns fans appear to be turning on their once-darling head coach. It’s tough to blame them.
The results just aren’t there right now. And the future isn’t exactly promising.
Shaka Smart hasn’t won an NCAA tournament game since 2013. His tourney record is 2-6 since the Final Four run at VCU.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 16, 2018
The record over three years: 500 overall, 23-31 Big XII record, zero NCAAT wins in three years.
Shaka Smart: .500 overall, 23-31 Big XII record, zero NCAAT wins in three years.
— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) March 16, 2018
John Beilein exposed that Havoc defense back in 2013.
Shaka Smart hasn't won a tournament game since.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) March 16, 2018
The ending of today’s game in regulation was a disaster.
Shaka Smart used up all of his timeouts to ice Nevada's free throw shooter and then ended up with this inbounds pass in a tie game. pic.twitter.com/WQunXbyQ3e
— Stephen Noh (@StephNoh) March 16, 2018
The 2018-19 season is going to be a critical one for Smart and his program. Results need to be there.
Painful, painful loss for Texas. Just can't close. Shaka Smart has to hope Kerwin Roach comes back to join talented Matt Coleman, Jericho Sims.
— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) March 16, 2018