Report: Texas close to finalizing deal with Shaka Smart

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Virginia Commonwealth head coach Shaka Smart is close to making his move to Austin to be Texas’ next men's head basketball coach, according to multiple reports.

Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman reported Wednesday night that Smart’s deal with the Longhorns is still ongoing but close to being finished. 247Sports also reported that sources said a deal could be finalized Thursday.  

Smart, who has been with the Rams for the past six seasons, has been a familiar name thrown around Texas’ search to replace former head coach Rick Barnes. Texas let go of Barnes on Sunday after 17 seasons with the Longhorns, which made him the winningest head coach in program history.

Smart, 37, has led VCU to an NCAA Tournament appearance in each of the last five seasons. In addition, the Rams claimed a CBI Championship in 2010 and had a Final Four run in 2011.