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Texas Head Coach Shaka Smart Tests Positive for COVID-19

NCAA Basketball: Texas at Kansas

Texas Longhorns head coach Shaka Smart has tested positive for COVID-19.

He made the announcement on Twitter on Monday morning, writing, “I tested positive for COVID and am in isolation away from our team and my family. I am working remotely and look forward to rejoining our team in person when it is safe to do so.”


Texas is 11-2 on the season and 5-1 in Big 12 play and hasn’t hasn’t played since an 82-67 home win over Kansas State on Saturday, January 16th. The Longhorns have only lost two games by a total of six points this season against the Villanova Wildcats and Texas Tech Red Raiders.

The Longhorns had games against Iowa State and TCU last week postponed due to COVID-19 issues with those programs, including TCU head coach Jamie Dixon testing positive. Texas was left out of our Big 12 basketball Power Rankings this past week since they didn’t play any games.

The Longhorns are ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 and aren’t scheduled to play until Tuesday night when they host the Oklahoma Sooners.

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