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Shaka Smart not sure if Texas F Tevin Mack will return this season

The team’s leading scorer is facing an indefinite suspension.

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In the aftermath of another conference loss for the Texas Longhorns, head coach Shaka Smart said that he isn’t sure whether leading scorer Tevin Mack, a sophomore wing, will return to the team this season.

According to the second-year head coach, Mack is not practicing with the ‘Horns and was not on the bench during Saturday’s close loss to West Virginia.

The 6’7, 220-pounder is indefinitely suspended for a violation of team rules, but Smart said that it wasn’t a violation of university policy, it was his decision.

During the offseason, Mack also violated team rules, leading to a three-game suspension to start the season, raising questions about how much margin of error he has now with Smart — it seems that his Longhorns career hangs in the balance.

Mack was leading the team in minutes played and points per game (14.8) prior to his suspension.