Rodney Terry is once again receiving national accolades after leading an impressive 2022-23 campaign. Following a 23-8 regular season, Sporting News named Terry its National Coach of the Year.
The honor is well deserved as Terry captained a sinking ship all the way to a likely No. 2 seed. Since 1985, Texas has only twice earned a No. 2 seed (2006, 2008) and just once been slated as a No. 1 seed in 2003.
There’s more than enough to like about Terry, but should he enjoy a strong NCAA Tournament, the Longhorns would be wise to make him the permanent head basketball coach in Austin.
The former Rick Barnes assistant is having a season scarcely paralleled on the Forty Acres. Texas has spent 16 consecutive weeks in the Top 10, many of which occurred with Terry at the helm.
Let’s be clear. In less than a season, Terry’s team has far surpassed the quality of basketball that Shaka Smart produced at any time in Smart’s six seasons at Texas. In addition, Terry has represented The University of Texas with nothing but class following the Chris Beard debacle.
The college basketball world is recognizing what Texas has accomplished under its current head coach. Now it’s up to the athletic department to do the same.
— Texas Men’s Basketball (@TexasMBB) March 8, 2023