Rodney Terry on Getting Texas Job: ‘I’ve Prepared My Whole Life for this Opportunity’
While the Texas Longhorns basketball season has come to an end following Sunday’s loss to Miami, Longhorn fans have something to smile about after the organization signed Rodney Terry to a $15.3 million dollar contract to make him the head coach in Austin for the next five years.
Rodney Terry spoke to the media in his first press release as head coach of the Longhorns and expressed his gratitude for the path he’s taken saying, “I’ve prepared my whole life for this opportunity.”
Rodney Terry’s storyline this season was one that sports personalities followed closely with thousands of reactions calling out Texas AD Chris Del Conte for waiting to ink a contract with Terry. Del Conte silenced critics by mentioning that he would not be discussing a contract for Terry until the season was over.
After the Longhorns gave up a late lead to Nijel Pack and the Hurricanes, the Longhorns were bounced from the Elite Eight in Kansas City. While the loss was something that will stick with fans for a while, the new head coach provided some optimism for the future by saying, “We’re gonna get everybody’s best game, right guys? Every night, right? We may watch some games and we’re preparing for teams and there’s empty arenas a little bit. But when we go to that arena, what’s it gonna be guys? Sold out, they’re coming to see Texas right? They’re coming to see us, we’re the show right? But we embrace that, that’s not arrogant, everybody can’t coach at Texas, everybody can’t play at Texas. I’ve been here at the highest of highs, so I was very confident throughout the whole process.”
Terry’s message will echo through the Longhorns’ long offseason amidst their move to the SEC and while Texas’ season may not have ended in the way fans expected, with Rodney Terry leading the Longhorns squad into the future, it’s hard to not feel the optimism in the air.