Shaka Smart Turns Down N.C. State To Remain VCU Head Coach

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VCU Basketball On Shaka Smart Remaining Head Coach: 'We Are Honored'

Shaka Smart is remaining the head coach of VCU basketball after becoming the sport’s hottest prospect by leading an unknown team to the biggest stage. The program’s athletic director, Norwood Teague, sent out a statement on the occasion of Smart signing a new contract. Teague:

True to form, Coach Smart’s primary concerns were about his players, coaches and the overall support of the basketball program. We are honored that he has decided to stay a VCU Ram. He exemplifies everything that is right about college athletics, and VCU is ecstatic about the future under his leadership.

Smart himself:

I’m very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for both our program and our university.

It’s also revealed that he will find himself having made just shy of a $1 million this season, having racked up $640,000 in bonuses for taking VCU as far as he did.

For more on VCU, visit Mid Major Madness.


Shaka Smart's New VCU Basketball Contract Reportedly $1.2 Million Per Year For Eight Years

VCU basketball coach Shaka Smart’s new contract will pay him $1.2 million per year plus bonuses for the next eight years, according to Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman. That’s less than the $2 million-ish contract N.C. State was reportedly offering, as the dear reader can easily calculate for herself.

But that contract also includes bonuses, which are likely set up to ensure another season like this one will go handsomely rewarded. Specific bonus terms haven’t been revealed yet.

Assuming he continues to produce, Smart is going to get paid — would it really have been worth leaving VCU just to compete at a school in the nebulous middle of the ACC for a contract that might actually work out to about the same as the Rams can offer? He can single-handedly build VCU’s athletic program into a moneymaker, or he can leave when one of college basketball’s top jobs open up.

For more on Smart, check out Mid Major Madness.


VCU Keeping Shaka Smart As Basketball Coach, Athletic Director Confirms

VCU athletic director Norwood Teague confirmed to Sporting News on Monday that Shaka Smart will remain the Rams’ basketball coach next season. Teague also acknowledged that Smart turned down the N.C. State head coaching vacancy in order to remain with VCU. According to the report, N.C. State offered the position to Smart last weekend, along with a salary in the range of $2 million per year.

As part of Smart’s decision to stay with VCU, he is expected to receive a new contract with a pay raise that will increase his salary into seven-digits. Before VCU’s Final Four game on Saturday, Teague spoke with Sporting News about Smart’s future with the Rams:

“We’ve talked about that stuff so much. I bother him about it probably more than he bothers me,” Teague said. “I’m always, ‘You need to think of five things we’ll do in the next nine months. We’ll go raise the money, we’ll do it.’

“He feels so good about that. We’re still on the same page. We do things to our program that a lot of BCS programs don’t do, because we’re really a basketball-only school.”

This is obviously great news for VCU and its hopes to continue solidifying itself as a top basketball program. For N.C. State, the news couldn’t be worse as it’s now left with limited options for its next head coach.


VCU Basketball Coach Shaka Smart Reportedly Staying With Rams Following Final Four Run

In what would be a surprise move, VCU basketball coach Shaka Smart will remain with the Rams, according to a report from CBS Sports’ Gregg Doyal. It was believed by many that Smart would leave VCU following the team’s improbable run to the 2011 Final Four.

The 33-year-old coach’s stock skyrocketed after taking an 11-seed so deep into the NCAA Tournament in just his second season with the team. Missouri and N.C. State were the two most prominent schools believed to be courting Smart. Mizzou fell out of the running on Sunday when they hired Miami coach Frank Haith. According to a report on, the opening at N.C. State was Smart’s to take, if he wanted it. Based on Doyal’s report, Smart opted to turn down the Wolfpack, and any other possible destinations, and stay in Richmond.

VCU athletic director Norwood Teague has made it clear since last week that the school would do everything it can to retain Smart as the Rams head coach. There is no word yet on a possible new contract for Smart, but it’s hard to imagine he would stay at VCU without a pay raise.


VCU AD Denies Contact With Missouri And N.C. State About Shaka Smart, Coaching Job

VCU's Shaka Smart may be the hottest coaching name in college basketball, but it appears that the substantive discussions that may get him a job outside of Richmond for a team other than the Rams have yet to transpire.

VCU athletic director Norwood Teague told the Associated Press by text message that no such discussions have been had.

Athletic director Norwood Teague said in a text message Sunday that neither North Carolina State nor Missouri, both looking for head coaches, have contacted him about talking to Smart.

Last week, Teague said he planned to sit down with Smart early this week and make an aggressive push to keep him on the Rams sideline.

Teague's denial contradicts a previous report about Missouri contacting VCU about Smart.

Smart is likely to be hotly pursued by Missouri, which lost coach Mike Anderson to Arkansas earlier this offseason, and coveted by North Carolina State, which fired Sidney Lowe.


Shaka Smart's AD Contacted By Missouri Basketball About Coaching Job, According To Report

Shaka Smart’s VCU basketball athletic director, Norwood Teague, has been contacted by the Missouri Tigers, according to Sports By Brooks. This is the first report of Mizzou formally expressing interest in Smart after his Final Four loss. If the report is accurate, it doesn’t mean Smart will talk with Mizzou or that he’s even interested in leaving VCU (for a massive raise), but it would be a first step.

You’d think both Missouri and the N.C. State Wolfpack would do just about anything to turn their programs over to Smart after the job he did with VCU this season. A bidding war between the two schools wouldn’t be hard to imagine. And, of course, he could always return to the Rams.

It’ll be exciting to see what happens over the next couple weeks regarding Smart’s future.

For more on Mizzou sports, visit Rock M Nation and SB Nation Kansas City.


Shaka Smart's VCU Season Is Over; Where Will He Coach Next Year?

The hottest story of the month in college basketball, other than that whole championship game thing, is going to be the future of VCU coach Shaka Smart. Will he stay at VCU or bolt for higher-paying jobs at Missouri or N.C. State? It’s too early for any news on the matter to have broken, but fans of all three programs are going to parse Smart’s every word for the next several days.

After his upstart squad was eliminated by Butler in the Final Four Saturday night, Smart said:

In our program, we are going to continue to build. We’ve got a lot of things that we still want to accomplish. This was a terrific run. Are we capable of doing it again? Sure.

There’s precedent for a coach sticking around at a small school — Brad Stevens did it just last year, as a matter of fact. And there haven’t been any reports of either Mizzou or NCSU taking aim at Smart, but you’d have to think they are. Missouri has to go big after being left my Mike Anderson and spurned by Matt Painter, while Smart to N.C. State would mean a relieving conclusion to a largely newsless coaching search. Not to mention a coach with history in the region.

For more on Smart, visit Mid Major Madness. Fans of Mizzou and State should visit Rock M Nation and Backing The Pack.


VCU Says Its Keeping Shaka Smart As Basketball Coach Following Final Four Run

After leading VCU basketball to an unbelievable run through the 2011 NCAA Tournament, which has resulted in a Final Four berth, head coach Shaka Smart is college basketball's most wanted man. The 33-year-old coaching phenom is sure to have plenty of offers from higher profile programs once VCU's Tournament run ends. But according to VCU athletic director Norwood Teague, Shaka isn't going anywhere, if they can help it:

"We're gonna' keep him," Teague said. "We just have to be proactive about it. [...] We're going to get aggressive, obviously. (School president) Dr. (Michael) Rao and I have talked about it a lot and talked to Shaka that we're not going to talk about this until the season's over."

Smart earned a $350,000 base salary this season, but will take home around $500,000 after his Tournament bonuses. After taking a CAA team to the Final Four in just his second season as head coach, he stands to potentially make a lot more than that next season either at a larger program, or via a new contract from VCU. Either way, Smart will have plenty of options to mull over in the off-season.

More 2011 March Madness resources: Visit our NCAA Tournament hub for up-to-date news and information … updated printable NCAA Tournament bracket.

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