Monday, March 28, 2011

VCU Wants to Keep Shaka Smart

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
The VCU Rams (28-11, 12-6) went from the First Four to Final Four in a blink of an eye.

Many questioned the committee's selection of VCU, claiming teams like Colorado, Virginia Tech, and Alabama were more deserving.

But, now we finally see what the committee saw in the Rams, and thankful they gave us all a great showing in the NCAA tournament.

That great showing has increased his popularity around the NCAA.

After seeing various job opening this past month from programs in the power-six conferences, coach Shaka Smart has been a name mentioned for many jobs.

But, according to VCU's athletic director Norwood Teague, "We're gonna' keep him, we just have to be proactive about it."

Right now, coach Smart's salary is 350,000 with a bonus for VCU's tournament run.

It's almost a trend to see coaches from VCU accept major deals from power conferences after success with the Rams. Coach Jeff Capel did it, and so did Anthony Grant.

It's not promised for coach Smart to leave, and AD Teague is already making a push towards keeping their animated coach.

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