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Shaka Smart signs eight-year extension with VCU

Apr 4, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT


UPDATE: It’s official. Smart signed an eight-year extension with the school.

Shaka Smart settled on his program for next season. His.

The VCU coach will stay with the Rams, according to a report from’s Gregg Doyel. A formal contract offer was extended, but no details were offered.

Smart, 33, was seen as this year’s hottest coaching commodity after taking VCU to an incredibly improbable Final Four berth in the NCAA tournament. In two years, he’s 55-21 with the Rams. The Final Four appearance was the school’s first.

It’s a small surprise given that N.C. State was ready to offer Smart heaps of money to coach the Wolfpack, but Smart mirrored the decision of another coach who recently took a mid-major school to the Final Four – Brad Stevens. After the Bulldogs’ run to the title game last season, Stevens signed a 12-year extension with Butler.

Of course, if Smart experiences more success with VCU next year, expect all of the coaching rumors to start again. They have for Stevens.

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  1. florida727 - Apr 4, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    When you mention the “rumors starting again”, especially for a guy like Stevens, the first thing I think of is: why are their coaching contracts apparently so one-sided? Why not an enormous buy-out clause for a coach who bolts? The school is showing loyalty by offering (in Stevens’ case) a TWELVE YEAR contract. Why not, in the form of an early-out clause, demand the same from the coach? Stevens probably won’t get lured away. At least, he’s made an apparent stand by accepting the long-term deal. But why are universities so seemingly exposed? Anyone out there know more about the context of coach’s contracts?

  2. henryd3rd - Apr 4, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    He’s “the flavor of the month;” but that can all change so quickly. So he should take whatever is out there for him; because when a school decided to dump a coach they don’t offer him anything except what remains on his contract.

    Plus he caught lightning in a bottle so he better strike while the iron’s hot. Does the name Bruce Pearl ring a bell? He was on top of the world two years ago and now he on the outs. When you hook your wagon to 17, 18 and 19 year old “student athletes” who sole purpose to score, run, hit, defend and stay eligible you understand the nature of the business when you sign on.

    Shaka! Be Smart! Take the money!!!!

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