Money a non issue for Shaka Smart as he decides to spend another year coaching VCU

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Virginia Commonwealth University. Is that a name that screams college basketball? Of course not, if I was a betting man I still wouldn’t be positive that the school was in Virginia. Thanks to head coach Shaka Smart however VCU has been an up and coming basketball school. Smart led the Rams to the Final Four of last years NCAA tournament. As a 12 seed they upset the likes of Georgetown, Purdue, Florida State, and finally the powerhouse of Kansas. After this past season Smart has an all time record of 84-27 with VCU. And he is only 34 years old.


So with a repertoire as impressive as the one Shaka Smart possesses it would be safe to assume that he is a hot commodity on the coaching market. With VCU Smart makes 1.2 million dollars a year, obviously a very nice salary. But Illinois was willing to offer him a lot more, and he had many other suitors as well this offseason. Smart passed and pledged his allegiance to VCU. He will continue making his “meager” salary as he continues to get the VCU program on the map.