The looming Texas basketball coaching quest to replace the recently departed Shaka Smart has sparked a lot of debate not just on the Forty Acres, but around the college basketball landscape. Smart was recruited by the Marquette Golden Eagles to be their new head coach on March 26, which should have arrived before this program can buy him out.
Smart averted a decision that would have had to be taken by Texas athletic director Chris del Conte early in the offseason. If Smart had lingered any longer, CDC would have had to answer the looming hot seat discussion once more.
Instead, after former head coach Steve Wojciechowski was fired last week, Smart will take over as the Golden Eagles’ new head coach. It happened without the Longhorns needing to buy him out for the remaining two years of his contract.
For all parties involved, this is a win-win situation.