Texas Rumors & News

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

    ESPN.com "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.com "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.com "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.com "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.com "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.com "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

    CBSSports.com "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

    CBSSports.com "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

    CBSSports.com "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

    CBSSports.com "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.com "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.com "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

    CBSSports.com "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.com "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

    CBSSports.com "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

  • Texas beats Arizona State 87-85 with Ridley's game-winner

    Dallas Morning News "With Texas at this time of year, the ghosts of NCAA Tournament losses are never, ever far away. There are too many recent disappointments, too many early exits to ever feel comfortable. So even when Texas hit its first six shots, or got unexpected offense from its guards or built a 14-point..." March 21

  • Horns not satisfied with being in tourney

    San Antonio Express-News "This time, Jonathan Holmes didn't sweat during the NCAA tournament selection show. It helped, of course, that he was sitting down watching it instead of running wind sprints. Last March, Holmes and the rest of the Texas Longhorns had no hope of hearing their name called, so they spent the..." March 20

  • Longhorns inexperienced, but that might just help them in NCAA Tournament

    Dallas Morning News "Texas better hope that NCAA familiarity isn’t a requirement for tournament success. Junior Jonathan Holmes’ 23 minutes of playing time against Cincinnati in 2012 represents the team’s sum total of March Madness experience. For everybody else on the Texas roster, Thursday’s second-round matchup..." March 20

  • Rick Barnes could be quick on the trigger in pulling his starting guards

    Dallas Morning News "In Texas’ last five losses, coach Rick Barnes has watched starting guards Javan Felix and Isaiah Taylor struggle. He may not be as patient against Arizona State in Thursday’s opening NCAA Tournament matchup. Barnes hinted that Felix and Taylor could be on a short lease. “This time of year,..." March 20

  • Sendek getting blast from past against Barnes, Texas

    Arizona Republic "Having played only four times, Arizona State and Texas don't have much of a basketball history, but that's not the case with their coaches. Twenty five years ago, ASU coach Herb Sendek served on Rick Barnes' staff at Providence, providing a nice story line for today's second-round matchup..." March 20

  • Baylor 86, Texas 69

    ProSportsDaily "Brady Heslip scored 24 points and made six 3-pointers and Cory Jefferson had 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Bears rolled over the Longhorns to reach the Big 12 title game in Kansas City. Isaiah Austin added 10 points, seven blocked shots and five rebounds for seventh-seeded Baylor (24-10),..." March 15

  • Texas 66, West Virginia 49

    ProSportsDaily "Jonathan Holmes had 20 points and seven rebounds as the Longhorns rolled to an easy victory over the Mountaineers in the Big 12 quarterfinals in Kansas City. Javan Felix added 16 points and six assists as third-seeded Texas (23-9) advances to meet seventh-seeded Baylor (23-10) in Friday’s..." March 14

  • Texas AD Steve Patterson: Longhorns coach Rick Barnes' job is safe

    Dallas Morning News "Rick Barnes’ job at Texas is safe for another season. Athletic director Steve Patterson gave his men’s basketball coach a strong endorsement in a phone interview Monday afternoon. “We’re not planning on making any changes,” Patterson said. “Rick had a great year. They’re a lot of fun to..." March 11

  • Texas Tech 59, Texas 53

    ProSportsDaily "Jaye Crockett had 22 points and 10 rebounds as the host Red Raiders knocked off the Longhorns in Big 12 play. Jordan Tolbert added 11 points and three steals as Texas Tech (14-17, 6-12) halted a six-game losing streak. Crockett was 9-of-13 from the field and posted his 18th career double-double..." March 09

  • Ugly victory over TCU suits Longhorns

    San Antonio Express-News "The Texas Longhorns won Wednesday night, and did so in perfectly acceptable fashion. They didn't dominate the worst team in the Big 12, but they never let TCU threaten them, either. After an uneventful 66-54 victory in front of 6,748 fans at the Erwin Center, however, it was fair to wonder..." March 06

  • Texas 66, Texas Christian 54

    ProSportsDaily "Isaiah Taylor supplied 21 points as the host Longhorns secured a victory over the Horned Frogs, who still haven't won in 2014. Texas (22-8, 11-6 Big 12) had lost three of its previous four games, but overcame mediocre shooting from the field (39.3 percent) and 3-point line (2-of-16) in this..." March 06

  • Sooners beat Texas, still have shot at second-place Big 12 finish

    The Oklahoman "It would’ve been hard to imagine Oklahoma winning a game like this a month ago. The Sooners had Buddy Hield, Cam Clark and Jordan Woodard go a combined 3 of 15 from the floor in the first half, Clark and Ryan Spangler sat out big stretches of the half with foul trouble and Texas outscored OU by..." March 02

  • NCAA Tournament projections (3/1): Baylor, Oklahoma State have work to do

    Dallas Morning News "Most teams are winding down the regular season and hoping to lock up an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament before the conference tournaments begin in about a week. Some area teams, like Texas and SMU, are sitting pretty heading down the stretch. For others, like Oklahoma State and Baylor,..." March 01

  • Texas 74, Baylor 69

    ProSportsDaily "Javan Felix made 7-of-9 from 3-point range en route to 21 points as the Longhorns held off a late rally from the visiting Bears. Cameron Ridley added 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for Texas (21-7, 10-5 Big 12) and Jonathan Holmes had 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Isaiah..." February 27