Shaka Smart leaves Texas to take over Marquette’s program

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Texas head coach Shaka Smart, left, talks with an official during the first half of a college basketball game between Texas and Abilene Christian in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Saturday, March 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

By STEVE MEGAREE

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Shaka Smart is leaving Texas to return to his home state to coach Marquette.. The move comes a week after Marquette fired Steve Wojciechowski and Smart’s Texas team was upset 53-52 by Abilene Christian in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Smart’s decision to head north ends a six-season tenure at Texas that fell short of the lofty expectations that accompanied his arrival. Smart went 109-86 with no NCAA Tournament victories at Texas after a remarkably successful six-year run at VCU. He went 163-56 at VCU and led the Rams to a Final Four appearance in 2011.