Salty VCU Cheerleader Stomps St. Joe’s Championship Balloons (Video)

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It’s a good day in Philadelphia with St. Joe’s, Temple and Villanova all likely heading to the NCAA Tournament.

St. Joseph’s got in after blowing out VCU in the Atlantic 10 title game — and one VCU Cheerleader didn’t take the loss well at all — struggling to stomp all over the Hawks’ balloons following the defeat.

Report: Texas Hoping To Finalize Deal With VCU’s Shaka Smart

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Texas is close to finalizing terms with VCU’s Shaka Smart to be the next head basketball coach of the Longhorns, according to Chip Brown of HornsDigest.com, which cited two unnamed sources.

Two sources close to the situation told HornsDigest.com Wednesday that Texas is hoping to finalize terms with VCU head coach Shaka Smart as the next basketball coach of the Longhorns.

Smart, 37, has led the Rams to five consecutive NCAA tournaments, with a run to the Final Four in 2011. He has been one of the hottest names in coaching since the run, reportedly spurning interest from Maryland, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Illinois and Marquette in recent years.

D’Angelo Russell Puts VCU Defender On Skates With Crossover (Video)

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There aren’t many sure things that come with the NBA, but D’Angelo Russell falling to the Philadelphia 76ers would make every loss worth it for Sam Hinkie and company.

Russell was electric on Thursday in his first NCAA tournament game — handling VCU’s havoc defense with the efficiency of a pro.

The All American missed the pull up jumper late, but the way he treated Doug Brooks with this crossover is so wrong.

Russell will match up with Arizona and their star wing — Rondae Hollis-Jefferson — in what should be an electric situation.

Report: Shaka Smart To Stay At VCU

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It seems like at the end of every year somebody is expressing interest in VCU’s head coach Shaka Smart. Despite contractors suggesting him to take a job in a power conference, Smart has remained loyal to the Rams.

This time around nothing has changed. Marquette and Wake Forest both expressed interest in Smart, but he won’t be going anywhere.

You got to admire Smart’s loyalty to his program.

Shaka Smart Signs New 15 Year Contract With VCU

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I love Shaka Smarts approach at Virginia Commonwealth.

Why take a high profile job somewhere that it could be easier to fail, when you can build a national power right in your backyard.

Smart has reportedly signed a new deal at VCU that will keep him at the Atlantic 10 school through 2028.  According to Paul Woody of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Smart’s new contract with VCU, signed Oct. 11, keeps his base salary at $450,000 per season.

His supplemental income increases in the first year to $950,000, up from $800,000 in his previous contract.  Here his how the rest of the contract is outlined.

In addition to his base salary and supplemental income, the contract states Smart will receive $25,000 per year for university sponsored radio and television appearances.

Smart can be required to speak at or attend events or functions sponsored by the university, the university development office and other affiliated organizations that benefit the university directly or indirectly.

He will receive $25,000 annually for such appearances.

If VCU, ranked No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ preseason poll, wins the NCAA tournament championship in six games, Smart would get $356,250 in bonuses.

Other potential compensation includes $6,500 for every VCU game broadcast nationally and $3,500 per game broadcast outside the VCU or Atlantic 10 package.

Smart will receive $5,000 for a victory over a member of the ACC — four are on VCU’s schedule this season — and $2,000 for defeating Old Dominion.

If the Rams miss the NCAA tournament but are selected for the NIT, Smart will receive $2,000. He can make as much as $31,000 if VCU wins the NIT.

If the Rams win 20 or more games in a season, Smart receives a $20,000 bonus.

There also are incentives for players’ academic performances. Smart receives $4,000 for each player who graduates by the summer of the completion of his athletic eligibility and $2,000 per player for any who graduate within one year of the completion of their eligibility.

If Smart takes another job before April 30, 2014, he will owe VCU $600,000. That amount decreases $100,000 per year.

The school that lures Smart from VCU is obligated to play a home-and-home series with VCU or buy out the games for $250,000.

Smart became VCU’s coach in 2009 after Anthony Grant left to take the head coaching position at Alabama, and he’s turned VCU into a better job than those he turned down, including  Illinois, Minnesota UCLA, and USC.

 

Shaka Smart Has VCU Basketball Team Do Navy Seal Training (Video)

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If you want to play 40 minutes of havoc causing basketball on defense, than your team better be prepared to press, trap, and run teams out of the gym.

VCU head coach Shaka Smart is aware of his teams needed conditioning, and had the Rams take part in some Navy Seal training recently.

Smart, who has the pulse of his players unlike any coach in america right now, took part in the Seal training events.

This is the third time in as many years that Smart has put  his team through such an exhausting week of training. and It’s becomea  rite of passage to be a play at VCU.

Coach Smart emphasized that the Seal training was less about the Havoc defense, and more about team bonding, building mental toughness and developing a sense of accomplishment and pride before official practices even begin.

 

Shaka Smart & VCU Get Commitment From Top Rated Recruit In School History

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Why would Shaka Smart take a job somewhere else when he’s building a national power right there in Richmond.

Smart and VCU recently got a verbal commitment from Terry Larrier, a four-star small forward from New York, who chose VCU over Connecticut, sources told CBSSports.com.

Larrier is a 6’8 wing that also had Florida, Florida State, Miami and Seton Hall in his final six.

Reports suggest that Larrier will fit right to Smart’s havoc style defense.

Is Gary Williams Really Hating On NC State?

Everyone who knows me knows that I am a fan of the Maryland Terrapins. It may not be on the same level as my fanship with Georgia, but it’s up there. Anyways I keep reading about how ex Maryland AD, now NC State AD Debbie Yow is blaming Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams because no one wanted the job at NC State and it amazes me. At a press conference introducing the NEW head coach Mark Gottfried a reporter asked Mark a question along the lines of Debbie having a reputation of being hard to work with and this is what Debbie had to say;

“I don’t have a reputation across all of men’s basketball as being difficult to work with. I have a reputation of not getting along with Gary Williams, who has tried to sabotage this search. Come on, we all know that. Ok, so whatever.”

First of just let me say that this probably wasn’t the appropriate response since you are introducing a NEW head coach. When you say that Gary Williams is sabotaging your search you’re basically saying that you settled for Gottfried. How about that for an introduction? Now let’s be realistic. You couldn’t lure Shaka Smart from VCU and you couldn’t lure Gregg Marshall from Wichita State.

In reality that probably has nothing to do with Gary Williams and everything to do with the fact that NC State is just not that desirable of a job. NC State has not been in the NCAA tournament in the last five years and their men’s basketball program is pretty subpar at best. Who wants to go coach a subpar program when you have to compete against the likes of Duke and North Carolina multiple times a year?

Was it assumed that because Shaka Smart and Gregg Marshall coached at so called “mid major” schools that they would jump at the opportunity to coach in a major conference? Or is it because presumably NC State could offer them more of a payday? Apparently neither of those two reasons or any other reason for that matter was good enough to get those two coaches to leave a good situation for a bad situation. Now I think that NC State did okay with the Mark Gottfried hire. In 11 seasons at Alabama he took them to the NCAA tournament 5 times so he is somewhat successful.

Let’s be honest though NC State has a long way to go with its basketball program and I think that it would have been hard to sell it to any coach, let alone to coaches who are having success at their current schools. Now I’m not saying that Gary Williams didn’t have a part in it, but I have yet to see any proof. I just think that Debbie Yow should take a good look at the state of her men’s basketball program before blaming someone else because she couldn’t get the coach she really wanted.