On April 3, 2015, it was announced that Shaka Smart would be named as the University of Texas Longhorns’ new men’s basketball coach. And less than two months later, first-term governor and Texas Alumni Greg Abbott made Smart an honorary Texan.
While some might question whether the State of Texas is acting prematurely in extending what prideful Texans consider a distinguishable honor, the former Virginia Commonwealth University coach led the Rams to a 163-56 (.744) record as head coach from 2009-2015.
The 38-year-old Madison, Wisconsin native also became the second youngest active head coach to accrue 100 wins back in early 2013.
With that said, Texas had all the reason to offer the gesture to Smart despite having yet to take the court with the Longhorns.
— Texas Basketball (@TexasMBB) June 2, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe award was presented by Texas’ President Bill Powers, as Tuesday marked the end of Powers’ tenure. The 28th University of Texas president will be succeeded by Texas’ current vice president and provost, Greg Fenves.
While much has yet to be seen of Shaka Smart at 40-Acres, the Longhorns are certainly creating a solid environment for what the burnt orange and white faithful hope to be a long and successful career.
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