Mac Engel: UTA aspires to be Gonzaga, and now has a coach with mid-major in his blood

Three years after UT Arlington athletic director Jim Baker fired a popular coach and claimed the plan was to be Gonzaga, he has not wavered from the ambition. But there are “issues.” There is no good way to spin a situation when the head coach of your basketball program leaves to be an assistant. Shortly after Texas Tech coach Chris Beard signed a contract to be the head coach at the University of Texas, he convinced his friend, and UT alum, Chris Ogden to leave UTA to join his staff in Austin. “I was not expecting it, but I am not surprised,” Baker said Wednesday. There were plenty of good pe…

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