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The 2016-17 school year has not been a memorable one for Texas and the Longhorns in football and basketball.
Football head coach Charlie Strong was fired after three disappointing seasons, ending his time in Austin with no bowl game victories and an inexcusable loss to Kansas.
On the court, Texas is in the midst of its worst season since 1992-93 where the Longhorns finished that year 11-17.
When combining the records of the two flagship programs together, Texas is a paltry 15-27 in the 2016-17 season.
For a university that generated just under $188 million in revenue in 2016 and turned in roughly $17 million in profit, that record is abysmal.
How Texas got to this situation is just as puzzling.
As the head coach of Louisville, Strong guided the Cardinals to a 37-15 record from 2010-13, highlighted by a Sugar Bowl trashing of Florida. That earned him a five-year contract to go to Texas, with a value of $5 million a season.
|School||Years Coached||Record||Conference||Bowl Games (Record)|
For Smart, he made VCU nationally known, taking the Rams all the way to the Final Four in 2011 and made the NCAA Tournament in every season outside of his first, where he went 27-9 and won the CBI Champions tournament.
That piqued Texas' interest, signing Smart to a seven-year nearly $22-million contract in 2015.
|School||Years Coached||Record||Conference||Tournament Bids|
|VCU||6||163-56 (.744%)||74-30 (.712%)||5|
|Texas||2||30-33 (.455%)||15-20 (.429%)||1|
Now, after guiding Texas to a tournament berth in his first season last year, the Longhorns will most likely finish with their least amount of wins (10) since 1983-84, when the team went 7-21, as it ends the year against No. 11 Baylor on Saturday.
This ineptitude almost rivals Boston College, which went all of 2015-16 without a conference win between football and basketball. Even adding in this season, the Eagles are a combined 4-47 in conference play between the two sports.
Texas' record may not be that horrible, but when looking at where the two schools rank in revenue, profit, coaching salaries, and facilities, it almost makes it just as bad, if not worse, when compared to Boston College.