Texas optimistic Shaka Smart will accept offer to coach Longhorns

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Shaka Smart has shown interest in the Texas job, but it's uncertain whether he will take it. (USATSI)
Shaka Smart has shown interest in the Texas job, but it’s uncertain whether he will take it. (USATSI)

Representatives from Texas are in deep discussions with VCU’s Shaka Smart about becoming the Longhorns’ next head coach, and Texas officials will be surprised if he doesn’t eventually accept an offer, a source told CBSSports.com on Wednesday afternoon.

Whether Smart will actually accept remains unclear.

But Texas officals are optimistic, a source told CBSSports.com.

HornsDigest.com is reporting that Texas is trying to finalize a 5-year deal.

A source told CBSSports.com that Smart has, for several days now, been communicating with various people in the industry to try to get a better grasp for the Texas job and athletic director Steve Patterson. The point, a source said, is that Smart is clearly interested in this job more than any other job that’s opened in recent years — including UCLA and N.C. State.

Smart, 37, has averaged 27.2 wins in his six years at VCU while making the past five NCAA Tournaments. He won the 2015 Atlantic 10 Tournament. He made the 2011 Final Four.

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