There are four ‘likely candidates’ for the Texas basketball job, now open after the departure of Shaka Smart, per Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls.
Bohls did say that Texas officials ‘aren’t talking,’ but noted that four candidates would seem to be the most likely ones to watch right now.
“Texas officials are not talking, but the most likely candidates are Chris Beard, Dana Altman, John Beilein and Royal Ivey at this point,” Bohls tweeted.
Smart left Texas on Friday to take over the basketball program at Marquette.
Beard the head coach at Texas Tech and a Texas graduate, would bring to Austin a resume that includes 112 wins at Texas Tech, a shared Big 12 regular-season crown, three NCAA Tournament appearances and one national championship game appearance in 2019.
Altman is the head coach at Oregon, which is still playing in the NCAA Tournament. Altman has Big 12 ties, having once been the head coach at Kansas State, succeeding Lon Kruger. Altman has nearly 700 coaching victories and took the Ducks to the Final Four in 2017.
Beilein is not coaching at the moment, but he’s had a wide-ranging career that has led to 754 collegiate wins. He is best known for his work at West Virginia and Michigan. With the Wolverines, he took them to the 2013 and 2018 national championship games.
Ivey is the wild card. He’s a former Longhorns player under Rick Barnes, spent 10 years in professional basketball and is now an NBA assistant coach. His current employer is the Brooklyn Nets, which just happens to employ former Texas star Kevin Durant.
You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.
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