Texas AD on Shaka Smart: ‘Won’t comment’

Texas head coach Shaka Smart faces an uncertain future after his 16-16 Longhorns were bounced from the Big 12 tournament.

But athletic director Chris Del Conte isn’t quite ready to discuss Smart’s status.

“I won’t comment on Shaka. It’s right in the middle of the season. That’s crazy,” Del Conte said. “That’s ludicrous talk when we start talking about that stuff in the middle of the season.”

Smart, 66-66 in four seasons at the helm, and Texas put a scare into Kansas in the Big 12 tournament on Thursday night. But the Jayhawks held off the Longhorns to advance, leaving Texas squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble.

“We’ll spend a lot of time together as a team. You know, we know that we will obviously, the season is not done. So we will practice and work on getting better. We’ve got a lot of young guys that need to learn a lot from this game, from this experience up here,” Smart said Thursday.

“That’s what we will do. No different than what we do any other time. It just happens to be a couple days before Selection Sunday. Certainly you want to control your own destiny and that’s the most disappointing thing about tonight.”

–Field Level Media

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