Shaka Smart

Despite all the talk and the speculation about the possibility of VCU losing it’s head basketball coach, Shaka Smart, to one of those BIG, basketball-factory schools, like UCLA, which had been hot on the trail of the Rams’ mentor since they fired head coach Ben Howland following the Bruins exit from the NCAA Tournament.  There’s […]

Virginia Commonwealth University has taken it’s basketball program to new heights under the direction of head coach Shaka Smart, and after back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances with deep runs, the Rams have rewarded their coach with a $100,000 pay increase and added several new provisions to an already lucrative contract which he recently signed. Smart had […]

The University of Illinois was on a mission to lure VCU basketball coach Shaka Smart away from Richmond.  The Illinois brass backed the  effort with statements that inferred money was no object.    Their cause was justified because Smart is one of Americxa’s brightest young coaches. The Fighting Illini will have to continue the fight elsewhere as Smart […]

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that VCU Head Coach Shaka Smart has agreed to a new 8-year contract that would keep him with the Rams after their stunning run to the Final Four.  Smart reportedly turned down an offer from North Carolina State and decided to stay in Richmond and continue to build thed VCU program.  […]

While we may not have gotten the outcome we all desired, we certainly have every reason to be proud of the way the VCU Rams conducted their business both on & off the court.  Despite Saturday’s 70-62 loss to Butler, the Rams run inspired not only their fans here in Richmond, but basketball fans around […]

Using the framework of an old Stevie Wonder song to survey the college basketball coaching landscape in the Richmond area, we’ve got one SIGNED (UR Coach Chris Mooney), one SEALED (VUU introducing new head coach tomorrow), and one soon to be DELIVERED -We Pray-(VCU Coach Shaka Smart).  Mooney led Richmond to the Sweet 16 and […]