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UIL basketball tournaments leaving Austin for San Antonio

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - 93 years of basketball history has come to an end. On Tuesday, the UIL officially announced the state basketball tournaments are leaving Austin, and are headed to San Antonio. East Texas Sports talked to area coaches, who are now coaching for a trip to the Alamodome.

Since 1921, the city of Austin has hosted the UIL basketball state tournament. "Our kids always talked about going to Austin as the way they looked at it,"two time state champion White Oak head coach Ron Boyett said. "I'm a traditionalist, I have probably been the last 30 years."

That will change in 2015 and most say its for the better. The South by Southwest Festival falls on the same weekend as state, and its caused problems with hotel accommodation. "We probably had a 45 to 50 minute drive," Boyett said. "When you play that 8:30 a.m. game that morning its pretty early so no doubt I think some changes needed to be made."

Moving the tournament from the state capitol to San Antonio will add an extra hour and a half to the drive from Tyler, but coaches say its worth it. "Once you do the basics of everything and look at everything its going to be better as far as hotel accommodations and everything in that magnitude also," John Tyler head coach Cedeno Clark said.

Tuesday's official announcement by the UIL is really no surprise considering attendance at the state tourney has suffered in recent years. "South by Southwest has really put a bad taste in people's mouth as far as going to the state tournament," Clark said. "And that's one of the reasons in my opinion attendance has gone down"

The event could also be on the move again in 2016, and AT&T stadium in Arlington is a possible destination.

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