Smart grants Tevin Mack release from program

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Head coach Shaka Smart announced Monday that sophomore guard Tevin Mack will be granted a release from the program. 

“I really didn’t have a choice,” Smart said. “It was my decision. For the long term growth of our program, and where we are trying to get culture-wise, it was not much of a choice.”

Mack had been suspended twice this year for violations of team rules. The guard’s first suspension forced him to miss the Longhorn’s season opener against Incarnate Word. 

Mack was then suspended after Texas’ 64-61 loss to TCU on Jan. 11 and missed the team’s last 13 contests. 

At the time of his second suspension, Mack was leading the team in scoring, averaging 14.8 points per game. The guard displayed huge offensive improvements from his freshman season, where he only averaged 5.1 points a contest. 

The sophomore signed to play with VCU in 2014, where Smart was coaching at the time. When Smart departed to join Texas, Mack was released from his National Letter of Intent and followed the coach to Austin. 

“Tevin is a very talented player,” Smart said. “He’s got a lot going for him, but right now the guys that are wearing a Texas uniform are the guys that need to be wearing a Texas uniform.”