2. Smart Choice
The University of Texas shocked the hell out of me when they hired Charlie Strong. Then they really shocked the hell out of me when they hired Shaka Smart this week. If you can’t spot the common theme I’ll help you out—they’re both black. While it shouldn’t make a difference what color they are the fact that Texas now has two African-American coaches manning the two major sports is a huge step forward.
Race aside the Smart hire was even more genius. For one unfamiliar with his work, Smart helped turn VCU from a tournament doormat into a Final Four contender. At Texas he will be given access to recruits he would normally have to ask God for so the sky is the new limit for the Longhorns basketball program.