For Pete's Sake

New Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart makes it clear he’s aiming for Kansas

Kansas’ Thomas Robinson (0), Brady Morningstar (12) and Tyrel Reed (14) tried to slow VCU forward Jamie Skeen (21) as he drove toward the basket during an Elite Eight game in 2011.
Kansas’ Thomas Robinson (0), Brady Morningstar (12) and Tyrel Reed (14) tried to slow VCU forward Jamie Skeen (21) as he drove toward the basket during an Elite Eight game in 2011. The Kansas City Star

Shaka Smart was introduced as Texas’ new men’s basketball coach on Friday, and he quickly brought up a bad memory for Kansas fans.

That was the 2011 NCAA Tournament, in which Smart coached VCU to a stunning upset of No. 1-seeded Kansas in the Elite Eight. It was recently ranked by one pundit as the Jayhawks’ second-worst tournament in loss under Bill Self.

This was red meat to Longhorns’ fans:

Kansas fans were either not concerned or happy for a new challenger:

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