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No Direct Talks Between Smart and Texas

VCU head coach Shaka Smart has had no direct talks with Texas over its vacant head coaching position despite earlier reports, according to Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis:

This doesn’t rule out Smart entirely but only indicates that he has not been in discussions for the position to this point. The Rams’ leader has turned down numerous coaching gigs in the last five years, including open spots at Maryland, NC State, Marquette, Illinois, and Wake Forest.

If Smart does indeed turn dow Texas as well, the Longhorns could pursue names like Utah’s Larry Krystkowiak or Xavier’s Chris Mack. Davis also reported that Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens could be in the mix. Stevens led Butler to back-to-back national championship games in 2010 and 2011.

Whoever is the successor to Rick Barnes won’t inherit an ailing program in Austin. Barnes, who appears to be heading to Tennessee, led the Longhorns to the NCAA Tournament in 16 of the 17 seasons he was at the helm.

The next head coach at Texas won’t be getting star Myles Turner back, though, as he declared for the NBA Draft on Monday. That absence aside, the program has to be considered one of the most appealing openings in the nation. Stay tuned to Today’s U for further updates on all the head coaching vacancies.

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