Shaka Smart tests positive for COVID-19

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Texas men’s basketball head coach Shaka Smart tested positive for COVID-19, Texas Athletics announced in a press release Monday.

“I tested positive for COVID and am in isolation away from our team and my family,” Smart said in a statement. “I am working remotely and look forward to rejoining our team in person when it is safe to do so.”

In a Nov. 23 preseason teleconference, Smart said none of the coaching staff had tested positive for COVID-19, but that “some, not all” of the team’s players had tested positive.

Texas’s last two scheduled games against Iowa State and TCU were postponed due to COVID-19 protocols at the opposing schools. 

In the Longhorns’ Jan. 16 game against Kansas State, freshman forward Greg Brown, sophomore forward Kai Jones and redshirt sophomore forward Brock Cunningham were ruled out just prior to tip-off due to COVID-19 protocols, Austin-American Statesman’s Brian Davis reported

Texas’s Jan. 26 game against Oklahoma is still on, a Texas spokesperson said to Davis on Monday. Assistant coach K.T. Turner will fill in as acting head coach in Smart’s absence, Davis also reported via the spokesperson