In early April, when Texas’ newest head coach Shaka Smart took the podium at his introductory press conference at the Frank Erwin Center, he had culminated a climb that had begun over 45 years earlier.
With just over two weeks before the Big 12 tournament — a tournament Texas has to win to ensure a spot in the NCAA tournament — needs to address offensive issues, starting Tuesday night against Texas State.
After seven rounds and 256 selections in the 2014 NFL draft, Texas had no names on the selection board. But by the time Mr. Irrelevant — the name given to the last player drafted — was picked in the 2015 NFL draft, Texas had made its presence felt.
Late in the ninth inning Sunday, Texas Tech sophomore Stephen Smith slid hard into freshman shortstop Joe Baker. As the two barked at each other, the Texas bench ran on to the field in a rare sign of emotion for the Longhorns.