Shaka Smart isn’t leaving the Texas Longhorns, at least for the Georgetown Hoyas current availability at head coach.
According to a report from CBS Sports, Smart, along Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, have both declined to pursue a role as John Thompson III’s replacement as the Hoyas next head coach.
“Smart has no interest in leaving Texas and the top-10 recruiting class he’s about to enroll in Austin,” a source told CBS Sports.
The news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, at least pertaining to Smart. In order for Smart to depart for Georgetown after just two seasons in Austin, the Hoyas would either need to be sitting on a goldmine or Smart would have to be willing to walk away from $18 million — the remaining guaranteed total on his contract at Texas. And though Texas struggled last season, compiling an 11-22 record, Smart has once again reeled in a high-level recruiting class headlined by four-star point guard Matt Coleman, which he reportedly has no interest in walking away from.
Along with a returning a team that will finally be experienced and could potentially feature a sophomore Jarrett Allen, Smart’s top-10 recruiting class also includes a trio of four-star talents in Jase Febres, Royce Hamm and Jericho Sims. Five-star power forward Mohamed Bamba is also seriously considering the ‘Horns, so Smart would risk walking away from a nearly $20 million and a team that may be among the most talented in the nation.
It’s unclear which options Georgetown turns to now with Smart and Grey reportedly not interested, but in any case, it’s no longer a concern for the Longhorns.