RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Shaka Smart has been a prohibited coaching commodity given heading Virginia Commonwealth to a Final Four in 2011. He had reportedly shunned several big-time offers, though a captivate of Texas was finally too many to spin down.
VCU sports information executive Scott Day reliable Thursday night that Smart was withdrawal a Richmond university to take over a module in Austin. Smart met with VCU players progressing in a dusk during a Siegel Center, a team’s home arena, and during slightest one actor was seen good when he left.
Smart, who has won during slightest 26 games in any of his 6 seasons during VCU, is bolting for a Texas module that hasn’t been means to replace Kansas atop a Big 12. But a Longhorns also exaggerate a wealthiest jaunty dialect in a nation and easy entrance to some of a nation’s many fruitful recruiting drift in Dallas and Houston.
Terms of Smart’s agreement were not immediately expelled and VCU pronounced a matter would be expelled Friday. Barnes done $2.62 million final season, while Smart done $1.8 million with a Rams.
Texas jaunty executive Steve Patterson had zeroed in on bringing Smart to Texas immediately after banishment former Longhorns manager Rick Barnes final weekend. Patterson flew to Richmond on Thursday to tighten a deal. Texas officials did not have any evident criticism on a hire.
Smart did not pronounce to a media collected Thursday and VCU players were escorted from a building by university open family though charity comments.
That Barnes was pushed out shows Patterson, a former NBA executive, expects large things from basketball. Barnes won 3 Big 12 titles and recruited chosen talent to Austin. Former Longhorns T.J. Ford (2003) and Kevin Durant (2007) won inhabitant actor of a year honors.
But a module had plateaued and a early-round exits in a NCAA Tournament started to mount, notwithstanding rosters full of destiny NBA talent.
At VCU, Smart took over a module that had had good success underneath Jeff Capel, and afterwards Anthony Grant. He hopes to equivocate a pitfalls during Texas that his predecessors encountered when they left to take over programs during universities deliberate “football schools.”
Capel lasted 5 years during Oklahoma before being fired, and Grant spent 6 during Alabama before he was dismissed.
By withdrawal before May 1, Smart owes VCU a $500,000 buyout. His agreement also contains a sustenance that if he became a conduct manager during another institution, that propagandize would have to play VCU in a home-and-home series, or compensate VCU $250,000.
Barnes led Texas to 16 NCAA Tournaments in 17 seasons though his teams haven’t done it out of a initial weekend given 2008.
His best years came from 2003-2008, when Texas done a initial Final Four in some-more than 50 years and twice some-more reached a tournament’s final eight. Texas also warranted a program’s initial No. 1 ranking in a 2009-2010 season.
Smart had some success right divided during VCU when a Rams won a CBI postseason contest in his initial year.
But it was VCU’s staggering run in a NCAA Tournament a following year that unequivocally got Smart noticed. The Rams went from being a controversial selection, hardly removing a bid and personification in a First Four in Dayton, Ohio, to violence 5 major-conference schools to strech a Final Four.
The Rams have been behind in a NCAA Tournament any of a past 4 seasons, though were separated in a turn of 32 in 2012 and 2013 and mislaid their initial diversion in overtime any of a past dual seasons.
Beyond a Final Four run, this year competence have been Smart’s best coaching pursuit during VCU.
The Rams mislaid Briante Weber, a personality of their “havoc” defensive style, on Jan. 31 to a knee injury, and played a final month and a half with scoring personality Treveon Graham worried by a high left ankle sprain, infrequently even sidelined.
VCU (26-10) mislaid 6 of 10 late in a season, fast a initial three-game slip in Smart’s 6 seasons, before winning 5 straight, including 4 in 4 days, to win a Atlantic 10 title.
Smart’s 26 wins in 6 uninterrupted seasons is a attainment matched usually by Duke. With a seductiveness he has generated in basketball, a $25 million basketball use trickery is underneath construction and scheduled to be prepared for use in a fall.
Vertuno reported from Austin, Texas.