Texas Longhorns basketball assistant David Cason won’t return for a third season in Austin, as the program has decided not to renew his contract, according to a report from Texas Top 100 publisher Zach Mason.
Orangebloods later received further confirmation of the news:
Hearing more confirmation that Texas and assistant hoops coach David Cason will part ways. #HookEm— Dustin McComas (@DMcComasOB) March 16, 2017
Within 15 minutes, the school released the official statement regarding Cason’s departure:
Coach Smart: "David Cason will no longer be a part of our @TexasMBB coaching staff. We're very appreciative of his efforts ...— Texas Basketball (@TexasMBB) March 16, 2017
Smart con't: "... over the last 2 years at Texas. We wish David & his family well in the future as he moves forward."— Texas Basketball (@TexasMBB) March 16, 2017
The move comes after the ‘Horns lost 22 games in Smart’s second season at Texas to tie the ignominious record for most losses in school history.
A native of Maryland who spent two years coaching with Smart at VCU after serving on the Vanderbilt coaching staff, Cason worked primarily with the guards, but saw sophomore Eric Davis, Jr. and Kerwin Roach, Jr. both fail to show the expected improvement.
The move may pave the way for Mike Morrell to officially move back onto the bench. Morrell has an even longer relationship with Smart, having served as a graduate assistant when Smart was at Clemson before joining the current Texas head coach at VCU as his director of basketball operations in 2011.
In order to keep Jai Lucas on the staff last year due to high demand for the former Texas player’s services, Smart had to give Lucas a promotion to assistant coach and demote Morrell to director of basketball operations, the role that Lucas had held during the previous season.
Since Smart views Morrell as a “head coach in the making,” it’s understandable that he wants to promote him to his former role once again.
And, in retrospect, when Smart said last season that “this was a change that we’ve made for now,” perhaps that was a challenge to Cason that was answered in an unsatisfactory manner.
Moving forward, the most likely scenario is that Morrell once again joins Smart’s bench as the Longhorns basketball program seeks out a new director of basketball operations.