New full-time role as as­sis­tant for Mor­rell

Smart uses va­cancy to re­store trusted lieu­tenant’s spot.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Brian Davis bdavis@states­

Texas coach Shaka Smart wasted no time fill­ing the va­cancy on his coach­ing staff by mov­ing trusted lieu­tenant Mike Mor­rell back into a full­time as­sis­tant role.

Mor­rell, who came to Texas from Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth with Smart, was an as­sis­tant coach dur­ing Smart’s first sea­son with the Longhorns. He agreed to be­come the di­rec­tor of pro­gram de­vel­op­ment last sea­son so Smart could pro­mote Jai Lu­cas to as­sis­tant coach.

As di­rec­tor of pro­gram de­vel­op­ment, Mor­rell was not al­lowed to have on­court coach­ing re­sponsi- bil­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to NCAA rules. How­ever, he has long been con­sid­ered one of Smart’s clos­est con­fi­dants and helps man­age the big-pic- ture as­pects of re­cruit­ing and sched­ul­ing.

The as­sis­tant coach- ing va­cancy was cre­ated last week when Smart an­nounced that David Ca­son would not be re­tained for next sea­son.

“It’s ex­tremely im­por­tant that our staff is in com­plete align­ment,” Smart said in a state­ment. “Mike has been tremen­dously loyal, hard-work­ing and pro­duc­tive over the years as a mem­ber of our staff. We’re ex­cited about what he will do as an as­sis­tant coach here mov­ing for­ward.” cos, are best far,

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