Did Shaka Smart make VCU so good, or did the job make the coach?

Virginia Commonwealth sits tied for first place in the Atlantic 10 conference once again. At 11-2 in league play and 21-5 overall, the Rams appear to be on the verge of locking up yet another NCAA Tournament bid. They’ve made it to March Madness every year since 2011, when they danced all the way to a surprising Final Four berth. The coach during that Final Four run, Shaka Smart...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitino, Smart share thoughts on Trump’s election win

After the election this past Tuesday, Americans have been reacting to Donald Trump’s win. Basketball coaches are one group that have decided to weigh in. NBA coaches, Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich have made comments in regard to the election and haven’t held back. Now that college basketball is underway, Louisville’s Rick Pitino and Texas’s Shaka Smart are speaking out...
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November 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Texas gives Smart one-year contract extension, pay raise

Shaka Smart has been the head coach of the Texas Longhorns basketball team for one season, but that’s plenty of time for the school to like what they see. Smart has received a one year contract extension that includes a pay bump. The entire deal will keep him in Austin until after the 2022-2023 season has concluded. Smart’s base salary for the upcoming season will be about...
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August 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Texas center Cameron Ridley suffers fractured foot, out indefinitely

Senior center Cameron Ridley of the Texas Longhorns suffered a fractured left foot over the weekend and is out indefinitely, the school announced on Monday per Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. The 22-year-old Ridley is said to have sustained the injury in practice on Sunday and is now set to undergo surgery on Tuesday. Ridley had been playing the best basketball of his career for the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Texas beats North Carolina at the buzzer

The University of Texas needed some good news at the end of a stressful and difficult week for its football program. The men’s basketball team came through on Saturday, knocking off No. 3 North Carolina 84-82 to provide a substantial boost to Shaka Smart’s first season in Austin. Texas made its last two field goals in the 35 seconds of regulation. Both baskets were the result...
Via The Comeback
December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Shaka Smart faces an obstacle Rick Barnes never faced

When Shaka Smart was hired to become the Texas Longhorns’ new head coach, the move was hailed by many within the college basketball community, and rightly so. The success Smart had at VCU, given somewhat limited resources, remains rather incredible. However, there are reasons for skepticism. I touched on this when Smart was originally hired. Texas isn’t a place where landing...
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November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Former VCU commit flips to join Smart at Texas

By Dan Lyons 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," Scout's Evan Daniels...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Shaka Smart Has Already Offered His First Recruit As Texas Head Coach

Late last night, news broke that Shaka Smart, who had taken the VCU program to new heights during his six-year tenure, was leaving to become the head coach of Texas. Apparently Smart is wasting no time at his new post, as he’s already offered his first recruit, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.  Shaka Smart already getting after it since taking the Texas job. Called and offered...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Shaka Smart agrees to become next Texas head coach

By Larry Brown Shaka Smart has finally decided to leave VCU, and Texas is the school that was able to pry him away from Richmond. Texas AD Steve Patterson met with Smart in Richmond on Thursday and the two sides agreed to a deal that will make the 37-year-old the new coach of the Longhorns. Smart has been the head coach of the Rams since 2009 and has won at least 26 games in every...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Buckeyes survive overtime thriller with VCU

By Kris Lammers  If the gradual parody of the college basketball landscape and the pair of 14 seed victories earlier in the day hadn’t already informed you, a 10 over a 7 seed isn’t much of an upset. In fact, the Buckeyes were the only double-digit seed to be favored in Vegas. But, the Buckeyes did surprise most of the Buckeye fans that have stuck with them through better or...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

VCU G Briante Weber suffers major knee injury in loss

By Matt Hladik No. 14 VCU was upset 64-55 by Richmond on Saturday, but the biggest loss of the day came when it was determined that senior guard Briante Weber tore his the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his right knee during the game.  Weber was injured with less than four minutes to play against the Spiders. VCU announced the news late Saturday night. A tough blow for the 6-foot-2...
Via College Spun
January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

VCU Basketball: Rams to open new practice facility in 2015

RICHMOND, Va.–  The VCU Rams will have a new practice facility expected to done by the start of the 2015-16 season.  The project, an estimated tab of $25 million, will make VCU one of the premiere NCAA men’s basketball facilities in the country.  The Rams have ranked among the Top-25 each of the last two season; marking the emergence of VCU as one the top basketball programs...
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

VCU Rams attend US Navy Seals training

RICHMOND, Va.– VCU coach Shaka Smart put his team through a series of training sessions with the U.S. Navy Seals this week.  This is Smart’s fourth straight year sending his team through seals training and it looks to have proven positive for the Ram’s Havoc defense thus far.  VCU, number one in the nation in steals last season, focuses on pressuring opposing offenses with...
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

VCU Basketball: Rams guard Briante Weber suspended indefinitely

RICHMOND, Va. – The 2013 NCAA steals leader Briante Weber was suspended Friday evening in an announcement released by the team.  Weber was cited in a petit larceny incident on July 24, which resulted in a court summons for the VCU guard.  The decision by coach Shaka Smart means the senior would sit out the first game of the year as well as the intra-squad game and preseason exhibition...
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

VCU Basketball: Shaka extends more 2015 offers

As fans keep track of Shaka’s 2015 offers, they sure must have been excited these past few weeks. The Ram’s coaching staff has found a few players recently who exude the VCU Havoc style. Aric Holman, Ty Hudson and Steve Enoch all caught Shaka’s eyes this summer. Each player has his own flare to him, but they all have those specific qualities that the Rams thrive on. Owensboro...
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

VCU Basketball: filling the holes Brandenberg and Reddic left

Two players who helped VCU during their famous trip to the Final Four in 2011 are now gone. With Rob Brandenberg and Juvonte Reddic’s graduation this past May, VCU fans are looking for players who may fill their shoes. Reddic was a fan favorite as he tore up the center position. He was always there when needed, and always had the strength to get VCU out of any messy situation....
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

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