October 27, 2022 

Locked on Women’s Basketball: Vic Schaefer and Texas always defend; now they’ve reloaded on offense

The two discuss the Elite Eight and coach Vic Schaefer returning to his roots and the success of the program

It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. This episode features host Howard Megdal who is joined by Texas women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer to talk about the Longhorns, who have reached a pair of Elite Eights, but now eye even bigger prizes in Schaefer’s third season running the program.

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Coach Vic Schaefer talks about returning to his roots and how the last couple of years have felt coaching the Longhorns:

“It’s been really great. I mean, it’s obviously the first two years have been different adverse situations with COVID and things of that nature. But, I think we’re finally getting back to some type of normalcy. I’m here in an office one block from where I was born. The hospitals not there anymore; that gives you an idea of how long I’ve been around.

But it’s great to be back close to home. I’m 65 miles from where my parents are both buried, where I grew up on weekends at Grandma’s house and three and a half hours from my sister, who’s 14 years older than I am. And so it is great. I’m obviously at a place I’m very familiar with, have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for and feel like it’s the best job in the country.”

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Vic Schaefer talks about what he meant when he said, “we are just starting”:

“Yeah, I just think, again, those teams those first two years, man, they really embraced a new way of doing things. And change is hard. And it’s hard to get past hard, especially for young people. But I feel like we had so many limitations in those first couple of years. And now, hopefully some of those restrictions are off from what we’ve gotten to we were now in year three. We had a couple of really big wins against some really good teams, UCLA and Maryland, teams we probably weren’t supposed to beat.”

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