Texas does not plan to separate from coach Shaka Smart, according to a report | NCAA Basketball


Smart Shaka seems to be back on the Texas side.

The school is expected to return to his coach next season even though he is not going to the NCAA tournament, according to a report by the Austin American-Statesman, which cites many unidentified sources.

The Longhorns had great wins, including Kansas, Purdue and North Carolina, but finished the season 16-16. A team with a record of .500 or worse has never received a global bid.

"If you want to evaluate the teams based on the quality of their wins, we certainly deserve special attention," said Smart in the wake of the team's defeat in the Big 12 Tournament against Kansas.

In April 2015, Texas was widely praised for attracting Smart far from VCU, but has had some ups and downs with his school. He holds an overall record of 66-66 and has never passed the first round of the NCAA tournament with the Longhorns.

"Remember, it's about integrity," said Texas Sports Director Chris Del Conte via the Statesman. "You can gain ground in search of more victories, but you must be honest. Think about it during this process.

Smart has another four-year contract, worth at least $ 12.9 million, according to the manager.