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Shaka Smart tests positive for COVID-19

The Longhorns head coach will isolate and work remotely until he can return.

NCAA Basketball: Texas at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

When the No. 5 Texas Longhorns retake the court on Tuesday at the Erwin Center against the No. 24 Oklahoma Sooners after 10 days off due to COVID-19 issues at other Big 12 programs, head coach Shaka Smart will not be with his team.

On Monday, the school announced that Smart tested positive for COVID-19.

“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,” Smart said in a statement.

So Smart won’t be able to coach during his isolation period, but it’s not clear whether all the Texas players will be available — redshirt sophomore forward Brock Cunningham reportedly tested positive and missed the Kansas State game on Jan. 16. Sophomore forward Kai Jones and freshman forward Greg Brown III had contact with Cunningham and had to quarantine for seven to 10 days. Jones and Brown may be able to return against the Sooners.