Texas Rumors & News

  • James Banks picks Texas; Smart's 1st top-100 recruit for 2016

    ESPN "Center James Banks, the No. 56 player in the ESPN 100 for 2016 and the sixth-ranked center in the country, will attend Texas. Banks -- Shaka Smart's first ESPN 100 pickup for 2016 -- picked the Longhorns over Georgetown, Illinois, Vanderbilt and Purdue. The news was earlier reported by..." October 08

  • 4-Star 2016 PG Jacob Young commits to Shaka Smart and Texas

    Burnt Orange Nation "Some good news came today on the recruiting front for Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns, as 2016 four-star Yates (TX) point guard Jacob Young announced via Twitter that he plans on staying in-state and playing for the Horns. Young, the little brother of former Oregon star and current Indiana..." July 02

  • Rick Barnes finally addresses accusations against Texas

    College Basketball Talk "Former Texas head coach and current Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes has finally addressed the accusations levied against his old program. Earlier this month, The Chronicle of Higher Education published a story claiming that three former Texas players were someway involved with academic..." July 01

  • Two-timing Texas AD reportedly the reason behind Rick Barnes' ousting

    Sporting News - NCAAB "After 17 years, Rick Barnes found the door hitting him on the way out of Austin and the man reportedly behind shutting it wanted him to believe it was someone else's doing. According to a report from Horns Digest published Thursday, Longhorns athletic director Steve Patterson pressured Barnes..." June 18

  • Shaka Smart: Administrators believe Texas will avoid NCAA penalties

    The Score "Texas head men's basketball coach Shaka Smart said in a conversation with ESPN's Myron Medcalf that he is focused on creating a culture of integrity in the classroom as the university endures allegations of academic misconduct. Smart said administrators have told him they believe the university..." June 18

  • Texas opens independent investigation in allegations of academic misconduct

    College Basketball Talk "Texas announced on Monday night that the university has opened an independent investigation into recent allegations of academic impropriety within the athletic department. A school spokesman said that the probe will be overseen by Gene Marsh, a former chairman of the NCAA’s Committee on..." June 16

  • Texas' probe not spawned by Barnes' dismissal, school says

    Sporting News - NCAAB "On a Tuesday conference call, UT-Austin president Greg Fenvus maintained that the school's voluntary probe was not related to the departure of longtime head coach Rick Barnes. "Rick Barnes' departure had nothing to do with any academic infractions," Fenvus said. "There was no specific issue..." June 16

  • Texas reviewing 3 cases of alleged academic impropriety by former players

    The Score "Texas has started an internal investigation into three cases of alleged academic impropriety in its men's basketball program that occurred over a nine-year period between 2006-15 while Rick Barnes was head coach. This news comes after Brad Wolverton published a report Wednesday in the Chronicle of..." June 11

  • Report: Multiple former Texas players suspected of academic impropriety

    CBS Sports "A detailed report from the Chronicle of Higher Education lays out the possibility that Texas basketball had multiple players who were helped -- perhaps by impermissible means -- to keep their grades up during their time at the university. Brad Wolverton's story alleges former Texas players,..." June 10

  • Report: Academic issues alleged at Texas under Barnes

    Tennessean "Several cases of academic impropriety that allegedly occurred at Texas under Tennessee men's basketball coach Rick Barnes surfaced Wednesday after a report by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The accusations come just months into Barnes' tenure at Tennessee, which began shortly after Donnie..." June 10

  • Charlotte transfer Torin Dorn considering N.C. State, Texas, Miami, Florida

    Fay Observer "N.C. State, which added a transfer before each of coach Mark Gottfried's first four seasons, is one of four finalists for Charlotte's Torin Dorn. He also is considering Miami, Florida and Texas, according to multiple reports. Dorn, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound wing who excels more as a slasher and..." May 26

  • Top-10 SF Tevin Mack commits to the Texas Longhorns

    Burnt Orange Nation "New Texas Longhorns head coach Shaka Smart secured his first signature moment in burnt orange by securing a commitment from Columbia (S.C.) Dreher small forward Tevin Mack during a ceremony on Tuesday. Mack wasted little time during his ceremony in announcing his decision, keeping it short and..." May 19

  • Texas withdraws bid to register 'Havoc' trademark linked to VCU

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "The University of Texas has withdrawn its applications to federally register variations of the “Havoc” trademark that is widely associated with Virginia Commonwealth University’s basketball team. Texas filed an express abandonment of its application to register the marks “HORNS HAVOC” and..." May 05

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    Isaiah Taylor @Zay_Ctmd11

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  • Shaka Smart: Principles that worked at VCU will work at Texas

    ESPN "Shaka Smart finally received an offer he couldn't resist. Smart was introduced as the new basketball coach of Texas on Friday, leaving Virginia Commonwealth for the Longhorns after turning down several suitors, including UCLA, since taking VCU to the Final Four in 2011. He also reportedly..." April 05

  • Reports: Texas hires Shaka Smart to lead Longhorns

    Yahoo! Sports "Texas has hired one of the best young coaches in college basketball to lead the Longhorns, multiple outlets reported Thursday night citing sources. Texas athletic director Steve Patterson flew to Richmond, Va., on Thursday and offered Smart the chance to coach in the Big 12 Conference at its..." April 03

  • Texas seeks Shaka Smart to replace Barnes

    ESPN "Texas has zeroed in on VCU coach Shaka Smart to fill its head-coaching vacancy, multiple sources told ESPN. Smart, 37, has spurned several programs over the past few years, but sources told ESPN that he has significant interest in heading to Austin and replacing Rick Barnes -- who was fired..." April 01

  • Texas asks about Jay Wright; Wright not interested

    Philly.com "With all the open head coaching jobs open in college basketball, one would think a school might reach out to Villanova’s Jay Wright, who has been mentioned in connection with one job or another seemingly every year. And it happened again this year according to a report. On Tuesday, Seth..." April 01

  • Report: Tennessee moving quickly to hire Rick Barnes; sides finalizing deal

    The Score "Tennessee has made hiring Rick Barnes as the program's next head basketball coach a priority, and it seems the school is acting quickly. According to multiple reports, Tennessee is finalizing a deal with the former Texas bench boss, who would replace Donnie Tyndall. An announcement is expected..." March 31

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    Seth Davis @SethDavisHoops

    A knowledgeable source informs me that as of this morning there have been no direct talks b/t Texas and Shaka Smart. Not sensing momentum.

  • Report: VCU coach Shaka Smart in discussions with Texas

    SI "VCU men's basketball coach Shaka Smart is in discussions with Texas about its head coach opening, reports Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. Texas announced Sunday that it had mutually parted ways with head coach Rick Barnes after 17 seasons. Smart was hired as coach of the Rams in 2009. He has..." March 31

  • Report: Tennessee moving quickly to hire Rick Barnes; sides finalizing deal

    The Score "Tennessee has made hiring Rick Barnes as the program's next head basketball coach a priority, and it seems they're acting quickly. According to multiple reports, Tennessee is finalizing a deal with the former Texas bench boss, who would replace Donnie Tyndall. An announcement is expected..." March 30

  • Texas freshman Myles Turner declares for the NBA Draft

    College Basketball Talk "Texas freshman Myles Turner will be entering his name in the 2015 NBA Draft. “My name is Myles Turner, UT alum, and I’ve decided to forgo my education and enter my name in the 2015 NBA Draft,” Turner announced in a video posted on youtube on Monday morning. Turner was the No. 9 player in the..." March 30

  • Rick Barnes wanted to stay

    ESPN "An emotional Rick Barnes fought back tears in saying goodbye to Texas after 17 years Sunday, insisting he is grateful for his time with the Longhorns and isn't bitter about being fired. "The wins and losses are fleeting, but it's the relationships that matter," Barnes said at a 40-minute..." March 30

  • Report: Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall Leading Candidates To Replace Rick Barnes At Texas

    College Spun "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 eyes set on two men to potentially replace the 60-year-old coach who has been in Austin since 1998...." March 29

  • Rick Barnes out at Texas

    ESPN "Rick Barnes has been fired as the coach of the Texas Longhorns after 17 seasons, multiple sources told ESPN. Texas athletic director Steve Patterson informed Barnes that his tenure is over, a source told ESPN. Two coaches interested in the Texas opening and who will be in the mix to replace..." March 29

  • Report: Rick Barnes not expected to return to Texas

    Larry Brown Sports "Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes has reportedly been given an ultimatum, and he may decide to not return to the Longhorns for an 18th season. According to 247Sports, Barnes is not expected to remain at Texas after his team snuck into the NCAA Tournament and was bounced in the first round. One..." March 28

  • 7 tossed from Baylor-UT for sideline skirmish

    ESPN "Seven players were ejected in overtime of Texas' 61-59 win over No. 14 Baylor on Monday night, after they left their respective benches to join a shoving match between two opposing players. Baylor players John Heard, Ishmail Wainright and Johnathan Motley and Texas players Kendal Yancy, Connor..." March 03

  • Texas' Jonathan Holmes to practice Friday, still unclear for Saturday

    CBS Sports "Texas forward Jonathan Holmes will practice Friday after missing the last two games while dealing with a concussion, coach Rick Barnes told the media Friday. Holmes, who is averaging 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, is still unclear for Saturday's game against Texas Tech." February 14

  • After third concussion, guard Felix admits health concerns

    Austin American-Statesman "The Texas medical staff has taken a hard-line stance on concussions. Athletes on this campus might as well get this through their clear or foggy head: Get your “bell rung,” and you will be sitting down for a while. After the David Ash episode and the national focus on concussions, UT’s trainers..." February 12

  • Texas' Barnes offers no significant updates on Holmes, Felix

    CBS Sports "Texas coach Rick Barnes had no substantial update Monday on the statuses of Jonathan Holmes and Javan Felix, who both missed Saturday's win at Kansas State due to a concussion. Although, Barnes said Felix has been cleared to practice, according to Austin American-Statesman. Holmes missed his..." February 09

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    Brian Davis @BDavisAAS

    Jon Holmes (concussion) will not travel to K-State, per Rick Barnes.

  • Texas' Felix will travel with team, but status remains up in the air

    CBS Sports "Texas coach Rick Barnes said guard Javan Felix, who missed Wednesday's game due to a concussion, will travel will the team for Saturday's game at Kansas State, according to the Austin American-Statesman. However, he is not sure if Felix will be cleared to play. Barnes said the doctors would..." February 07

  • Texas guard Javan Felix will miss game against Oklahoma State with concussion

    Tulsa World "Texas will be without its top guard off the bench against Oklahoma State on Wednesday. Javan Felix will miss the game with a concussion, the school announced. Felix averages 10.2 points per game and leads the Longhorns with 36 3-pointers made." February 03

  • Longhorns' Martez Walker transfers to Oakland

    Detroit Free Press "Another basketball player is transferring closer to home at Oakland University. Former Texas guard Martez Walker, who has a court case pending for misdemeanor domestic-assault charges from a September incident in Austin, said today that he will begin classes at OU on Tuesday. He will be a..." January 06

  • Texas starting PG Isaiah Taylor will return from wrist injury on Saturday

    CBS Sports "The new year has brought big news for 11-2 Texas. The Longhorns announced Friday morning that sophomore star point guard Isaiah Taylor has recovered from his wrist fracture and is able to play for the team going forward." January 02

  • Damarcus Croaker transferring to Murray State

    Austin American-Statesman "Former Texas guard Damarcus Croaker announced Monday he is transferring to Murray State, a school known for taking in mid-year transfers. Croker told the American-Statesman last Tuesday that he was leaving the Longhorns because of a lack of playing time and a desire to be closer to his son in..." December 23

  • Report: Texas G Damarcus Croaker to transfer

    SI "Texas sophomore guard Damarcus Croaker will transfer from the program, Jeff Goodman of ESPN reported Tuesday. Croaker has appeared in five games this season, averaging 9.4 minutes per. He was unable to crack Texas' backcourt rotation even after starting point guard Isaiah Taylor was lost for..." December 17

  • Isaiah Taylor says he’ll be back for Big 12 opener against Texas Tech

    College Basketball Talk "No. 7 Texas visited No. 24 UConn on Sunday afternoon, marking the third game the Longhorns were without their starting guard, Isaiah Taylor. Taylor has been out with a wrist injury after he was fouled driving to the basket in the final moments of Texas’ win against Iowa in the 2K Classic on..." December 01

  • Report: Texas' Isaiah Taylor out 1-2 weeks with wrist injury

    Fox Sports "Texas point guard Isaiah Taylor will not play in Friday's game against Cal because of a left wrist injury, and he could miss more time than that. Taylor, who 12.7 points and 4 assists last season, is expected to miss 1-2 weeks, ESPN reports." November 21

  • Suspended basketball player Martez Walker withdraws from Texas

    Houston Chronicle "Sophomore guard Martez Walker, who was suspended indefinitely after his arrest on a misdemeanor assault charge last month, has withdrawn from the university, the school confirmed Thursday. Walker, who averaged 4.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game as a freshman last season, was charged with..." October 10

  • Elite Shooting Guard Eric Davis Commits To Texas Longhorns

    Burnt Orange Nation "Eric Davis was born to score buckets. And the shooting guard from Michigan announced on Tuesday evening that he'll be scoring his buckets as a collegian at the University of Texas. Rick Barnes' first commit from the Class of 2015 is almost as exciting as the commitment from the final member of..." September 17

  • Texas coach Rick Barnes suspends Martez Walker after assault charge

    Statesman "Texas men's basketball coach Rick Barnes has suspended guard Martez Walker after the sophomore was charged with Class A misdemeanor assault with injury by campus police. The suspension was announced just before 2 a.m. Friday. Details about the incident were not immediately known. “We are..." September 14

  • Tyler Davis commits to Texas A&M

    ESPN "Texas A&M landed a major commitment on Friday morning from Tyler Davis, a 6-foot-10, 270-pound center from nearby Plano, Texas, and Plano West High School. Davis is ranked as the 21st overall prospect and sixth-best center in the current ESPN 100. Davis, who was thought to be favoring Kansas at..." August 22

  • Rick Barnes earns extension through 2019

    CBS Sports "Multiple reports have Texas agreeing to extend Rick Barnes' contract through 2019. That's a two-year addition to his previous agreement. Barnes, 60, went 24-11 last season and reached the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament with his seventh-seeded Longhorns. Coming into last season, there was..." August 22

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • UT lands elite basketball recruit Myles Turner

    Houston Chronicle "Last season, Texas proved it was on its way to being a national power on the basketball court again. Wednesday, the Longhorns showed they’re back to being a formidable recruiting force, too. Euless Trinity center Myles Turner, the nation’s consensus No. 2 recruit, will attend UT next season, he..." May 01

  • Former Terps center Shaquille Cleare transferring to Texas

    Washington Post "Former Maryland center Shaquille Cleare has signed his paperwork to transfer to the University of Texas, according to a post on his Facebook page. “First of all I would like to thank god for opening another door for me and giving me another opportunity to fulfill my dream at another division 1..." April 25

  • Maryland soph Shaq Cleare transfers to Texas

    CBS Sports "Texas is still waiting on a decision from elite uncommitted senior Myles Turner, but the Longhorns continue to add bodies to their frontcourt. Maryland sophomore Shaq Cleare transferred to Texas on Thursday. >p>"Our staff and players are excited to welcome Shaq to our basketball family,”..." April 24

  • Texas riches extend to basketball courts

    USA Today "The state of Texas – including all of its more than 268,000 square miles – is still the home to $60 million high school football stadiums, Johnny Football and the NFL franchise that considers itself "America's Team." But as Arlington this week welcomes the men's basketball Final Four – the..." April 02