Report: Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall candidates for Texas

Texas is reportedly interested in Shaka Smart (pictured) and Gregg Marshall.

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By Andrew Holleran

Texas has fired Rick Barnes as its men’s basketball coach, according to multiple reports

The Longhorns’ administration has yet to officially announce the news, but they apparently have their sights set on two men to potentially replace the 60-year-old coach, who has been in Austin since 1998. 

According to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall and VCU’s Shaka Smart are the leading candidates to take Barnes’ place. 

Marshall, 52, has been leading the Shockers since 2007. He took them to the Final Four in 2013. They were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in 2014, and this past year, they reached the Sweet 16. Marshall has been linked to the Alabama opening, which he admits he will at least consider

Smart, 37, has been at VCU since 2009, compiling a 163-56 record that includes a run to the Final Four in 2011 and five trips to the NCAA Tournament. He reportedly turned down offers from UCLA and Minnesota, among others, in past seasons. 

Either man would be a tremendous hire for the Longhorns. 

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