The blue-blood programs of college basketball – the Dukes, North Carolinas and Kentuckys of the world – never suffer the indignity of rebuilding. They reload, experts say.
During one of the best stretches in program history, Texas flirted with joining that group. Finding success with stars who left after a season or two on the 40 Acres – T.J. Ford, LaMarcus Aldridge, D.J. Augustin, Tristan Thompson and some one-and-doner named Kevin Durant – Texas annually challenged for the Big 12 title and made significant splashes in the NCAA Tournament. Ford’s 2003 team reached the Final Four. Aldridge’s 2006 team lost in the regional final, as did Augustin’s 2008 team. Durant and Thompson saw their only Texas seasons end in the second round.