Watch CBS News

Travis Mays Out As SMU Women's Head Basketball Coach After 5 Seasons

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - SMU coach Travis Mays will not return next season after compiling a 58-50 record over five seasons.

Athletic Director Rick Hart said Monday night that he had decided not to renew Mays' contract.

"The on-court record of our teams did not reach the level of success we hoped for our program," Hart said.

Travis Mays
Southern Methodist Mustangs head coach Travis Mays looks on during the game between SMU and Southeastern Louisiana on November 20, 2018 at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, TX. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Mustangs, whose last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2008, lost all six games they played this season. The last was Dec. 20, before the team decided not to play any more games because of health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Mays played three seasons in the NBA after being a two-time Southwest Conference player of the year at Texas. He guided SMU to only one postseason appearance, a berth in the 2017 Women's NIT.

When hired in 2016, Mays replaced Rhonda Rompola, who had been head coach for 25 seasons and at the time had been part of 35 of the program's 40 seasons. Rompola led the Mustangs to seven NCAA Tournaments, the last in the season they had a program-record 24 wins.

Mays played college ball for the Texas Longhorns and was part of the BMW (Blanks-Mays-Wright) trio that led the 10th-seeded Longhorns to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament in 1990.

Mays was one of the top scorers in Texas Longhorns basketball history.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.