Texas basketball always has seemed like an ideal job for someone seeking to coach Division I men’s basketball. There are high-major prospects in seemingly every neighborhood. There appears to be more money than contained in Citibank.
The pressure to win exists, it just does not overwhelm, because football still commands most of the fans’ attention. Oh, and Austin is such a lovely town.
It hasn’t ever really worked all the way, though. Rick Barnes reached 16 NCAA Tournaments in 17 years, but only a single Final Four. Tom Penders reached eight NCAA Tournaments in 10 years, but never advanced beyond