VCU Basketball: Siegel will remain ruckus

In the past, once you walked into the Stuart Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University and the game is underway, the intensity and roars from the crowd are propelled throughout the arena. But what drives the consecutive sellouts and ecstatic atmosphere that keeps fans coming back to see the Rams? Siegel Center In the game of basketball, it doesn’t take much to get the...
July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Texas Basketball Receives Commitment From 4-Star PG Jacob Young

Texas head coach Shaka Smart just reeled in a four-star in-state recruit. Houston (Tex.) Yates point guard Jacob Young announced his commitment to Texas on Twitter moments ago.  Glad to announce that I will be attending the University of Texas to play for head coach Shaka Smart #HookEm  — JY (@YEAHLILJ) June 30, 2015 Young is the No. 70 player in the 2016 class according to...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

VCU Basketball: Graham and Weber go undrafted

For VCU basketball fans, June 25 was a day full of hope that inevitably lead to despair, as two former Rams failed to have their names called in the NBA draft. Treveon Graham and Briante Weber lead the Rams for the past three seasons, as the duo unparalleled to any other duo in VCU basketball history, had their eyes set on being drafted in one of the two rounds of the NBA Draft....
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Longhorns coach Shaka Smart named honorary Texan

On April 3, 2015, it was announced that Shaka Smart would be named as the University of Texas Longhorns’ new men’s basketball coach. And less than two months later, first-term governor and Texas Alumni Greg Abbott made Smart an honorary Texan. While some might question whether the State of Texas is acting prematurely in extending what prideful Texans consider a distinguishable...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Texas Basketball: Longhorns Basketball Coach Shaka Smart Named An “Honorary Texan”

Shaka Smart is a native of Madison, Wisconsin, and spent the last six seasons in Richmond, Virginia turning VCU into a mid-major powerhouse. Now, Smart is the head coach at Texas, and today he became an “honorary Texan.” .@UTAustin President Powers presents @TexasMBB coach Shaka Smart with “Honorary Texan” commission from governor. — Texas Longhorns...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Mo Alie-Cox Has Assault Charge Dismissed

Virginia Commonwealth forward Mo Alie-Cox can look forward to a brighter future. Per a report by Brandon Shulleeta of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, prosecutors will dismiss the misdemeanor assault charge against Alie-Cox following an altercation at a Richmond nightclub. Earlier this month, it was alleged that Alie-Cox had punched a woman in the face after she had gotten into it with...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Mo Alie-Cox Appears in Court, Trial Date Set

Virginia Commonwealth forward Mo Alie-Cox appeared in court and had his trial date set for June 15. Dean Hoffmeyer of the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported the development. Alie-Cox has been charged with misdemeanor assault, stemming from an incident back in April. A woman alleges that the 6-foot-6, 250 pound forward punched her in the face during an altercation at a club in Richmond’s...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Former VCU Commit Tevin Mack Headed to Texas

Four-star recruit Tevin Mack, formerly committed to Virginia Commonwealth, will head west and join Shaka Smart at Texas. Evan Daniels of reported Mack’s decision. Tevin Mack informed Scout that he has committed to Texas. Mack is ranked No. 65 overall in Scout's 2015 top 100. Story coming. — Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 19, 2015 A 6’7″, 200 pound forward out...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Former VCU commit flips to join Smart at Texas

One of Shaka Smart’s top recruits at VCU will now officially be following him to Texas. Four-star small forward Tevin Mack has chosen Texas over Georgia, Clemson, and others, according to Scout’s Evan Daniels. Tevin Mack informed Scout that he has committed to Texas. Mack is ranked No. 65 overall in Scout’s 2015 top 100. Story coming. — Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

VCU Lands JUCO Big Man Ahmed Hamdy Mohamed

Virginia Commonwealth added to next season’s recruiting class in a big way, and quite literally. Junior college big man Ahmed Hamdy Mohamed, a former Houston commit, has committed to join new Rams coach Will Wade in Richmond next year. Previously, the 6’9″, 270 pound Egyptian was deemed ineligible by the NCAA after having played extra years at a Texas high school despite having...
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May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Texas Regents Approve Shaka Smart’s $22 Million Deal

University of Texas regents will approve a $22 million deal for new men’s head basketball coach Shaka Smart. Most of the money will also be guaranteed. ESPN reported the story. Smart agreed to be the Longhorns’ head coach back in April after longtime coach Rick Barnes was let go after 17 years in Austin and seven consecutive seasons of early exits from the NCAA tournament or...
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May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

VCU's Alie-Cox arrested on assault charge, accused of hitting woman

  VCU forward Mo Alie-Cox is facing a misdemeanor assault charge after a woman claimed he punched her in the face in a nightclub. According to the arrest warrant, the incident took place April 3, about two hours after Rams coach Shaka Smart told his team his was leaving to take the same job at Texas. Court records show the complaint was filed April 22, and Alie-Cox was served with...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

VCU F Mo Alie-Cox arrested for simple assault

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) VCU forward Mo Alie-Cox is facing a misdemeanor assault charge after a woman claimed he punched her in the face in a nightclub. According to the arrest warrant, the incident took place April 3, about two hours after Rams coach Shaka Smart told his team his was leaving to take the same job at Texas. In her handwritten complaint, Morgan Ashley Kaye says she became...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

VCU F Mo Alie-Cox Charged With Assault and Battery

Virginia Commonwealth rising junior forward Mo Alie-Cox has been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, according to Richmond’s WTVR. A woman is claiming that during an incident in a local restaurant and nightspot, Alie-Cox was one member of a group with whom the complainant got into a physical altercation. Upon making a remark about former head coach Shaka Smart, who recently...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Terry Larrier decides to transfer from VCU

It’s been a rough last couple of months for VCU. The Rams program lost Briante Weber for the season in late January due to a torn ACL, failed to defeat Ohio State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament and lost their program changer in Shaka Smart to Texas. The trend of bad news continued on Wednesday with Terry Larrier announcing that he will be transferring from VCU. The...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Recruitment for Former VCU Signee Tevin Mack Heating Up

Now that Shaka Smart left VCU for burnt ends and burnt orange ties at Texas, his former four star recruit Tevin Mack is attracting attention from many top schools. The Columbia, SC native was released from his letter of intent by VCU earlier this month. Mack is said to have Kansas, Georgia and Texas actively trying to bring the 6-foot-6, 200-pound SF to campus. They all have taken...
Via Campus Sports Net
April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Justin Tillman changes mind, returns to VCU

It was announced earlier this week that VCU Rams forward Justin Tillman had requested to be released from his scholarship with the university. However, Tillman has pulled a switcheroo. On Wednesday night, Tillman took to Twitter to announce he has decided to change his mind and return to the Rams where he will play under new head coach Will Wade. I have decided to be here with...
Via Campus Sports Net
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Texas trying to trademark ‘Havoc’ after Shaka Smart hiring

The Texas Longhorns want more than just head basketball coach Shaka Smart from the VCU Rams. According to a report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Texas is attempting to trademark “Havoc”for marketing and merchandising purposes. In fact, Texas has already registered a handful of slogans with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Texas has registered “Horns Havoc” and...
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April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking the Big 12 Basketball Coaches (Part 3, No. 4-2)

The Big 12 is considered to be one of the best conferences in college basketball. Loaded from top to bottom with teams that contend annually for the NCAA tournament, the coaches who lead the squads also boast impressive resumes. This list ranks the coaches based on one question of criteria: If I was choosing a Big 12 coach to hire for my team today, combining all factors such...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Shaka Smart Made A Big Impression On The Mother Of The Top Recruit In Texas

New Texas head coach Shaka Smart is expected to be able to entice top talent to come to Austin, and he’s been active on the recruiting trail the past few days. The top 2016 recruit in Texas is 5-star shooting guard Terrance Ferguson of Dallas’ Prime Prep Academy, and it appears Smart has left a good early impression on Ferguson’s mother.  Just got off the phone with Shaka...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: Shaka Smart on the Dan Patrick Show

We already touched on the Dan Patrick Show’s new intern Monday, so why not continue the DP Show love. New Texas head basketball coach Shaka Smart was on the show and here’s the video… Here’s what they talked about… – Dan asked Shaka what jobs he turned down – Did they convince you or did you convince them? – How did parents come up with his name? – his connection...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Shaka Smart Joined Dan Patrick To Talk Texas Hoops

This past Thursday, Texas officially hired Shaka Smart away from VCU to replace Rick Barnes, who spent 17 season in Austin. In the days since, Smart has been on a bit of a media tour to talk about the move, along with how he plans to turn the Longhorns into an elite squad. Monday, he joined Dan Patrick to chat about his experience so far. In the below clip, Smart talks about how...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

New Texas MBB Coach Shaka Smart Has a Message for Former Longhorns Players

Unlike their search for a new football coach, the University of Texas wasted no time in finding a new leader for the men's basketball team by snatching Shake Smart away from VCU. Smart wasted little time living up to his name by posting a video to YouTube Saturday morning to any and all former Texas basketball players.By inviting them to be around the program as much as they want...
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Shaka Smart Issues Open Invitation To Texas Basketball Alumni

New Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart knows that he’s going to have to win over the Longhorns fan base over the next few years. It looks like he’s trying to win over the school’s basketball alumni first. Smart issued a quick message to Texas’ lettermen on YouTube Saturday afternoon, urging them to stay current with the program and support the players. He told them that he...
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April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Shaka Smart Trolled Kansas During His Introductory Press Conference At Texas

Shaka Smart’s introductory press conference at Texas is currently taking place.  It didn’t take the 37-year-old Longhorns’ coach very long to take a subtle shot at his conference rival, Kansas.  During the session with the media, Smart was asked how he thinks his up-tempo, pressing style of play will fit in the Big 12. The new Texas coach responded by reminding everyone of...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss
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