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Texas coach Shaka Smart tests positive for COVID-19

Longhorns coach Shaka Smart tests positive for COVID-19 just days before their scheduled trip to Lexington.

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Just five days before the Kentucky Wildcats and Texas Longhorns are slated for a showdown in Lexington, Texas Longhorns head coach Shaka Smart has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been in isolation away from his team.

Smart released a statement via his Twitter:

Texas is currently the No. 5 team in the country in what has been Smart’s best season in Austin, currently in second place in the Big 12 behind No. 2 Baylor. It should be noted that former Kentucky recruit, Greg Brown, is the star for Texas this season and has played lights out so far.

Smart did not say when he would rejoin his team, but indications would seem to be that he will miss the game against Kentucky this Saturday. Without their head man at the helm, that could affect the Longhorns.

But, Texas is a top-5 team for a reason and they will be ready to play regardless if Smart coaches on Saturday or not. Either way, Saturday is a big one for Kentucky.