VCU AD: Shaka Smart is still our coach

Will Shaka Smart leave the VCU Rams to take over the Texas Longhorns head coaching gig? There has been plenty of speculation about the possibility in recent days, but VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin says that is not the case.

For now, Shaka Smart remains the VCU head coach.

“Nothing is a done deal,” McLaughlin told The Washington Post. “He is still our coach.”

In his six years as the VCU leading man, Smart has a 163–56 coaching record. The Rams have reached the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in five straight years under Smart, including a trip to the Final Four in 2011.

Last season, Smart made $1.5 million.

According to Chip Brown of HornsDigest, a five-year deal worth around $14 million is “on the table.”

Whether that money will be enough to lure Shaka Smart away from VCU remains to be seen, but there will be some obvious consideration from Smart.

This season, both VCU and Texas were bounced from the NCAA Tournament in the Round of 64.


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