UT athletic director: Shaka Smart to remain for next season

The Associated Press
Texas head coach Shaka Smart directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Texas head coach Shaka Smart directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas will stick with coach Shaka Smart next season after the Longhorns won five of their final six games and were fighting for a spot in the NCAA Tournament before it was canceled amid the coronavirus scare.

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte told the Austin American-Statesman, ''Shaka's our coach.''

Smart was facing open speculation on his future with the Longhorns at midseason when the program was mired near the bottom of the Big 12. The Longhorns had missed the tournament in two of the previous four seasons.

Next season will be Smart's sixth in a seven-year contract. He is 90-78 overall at Texas but just 40-50 in the Big 12. The Longhorns were 19-12 last season with no seniors and are expected to return the entire lineup.

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