VCU's Shaka Smart will not, despite recent speculation to the contrary, be the next head coach at Marquette, a source told CBSSports.com on Thursday. Consequently, Marquette's search for Buzz Williams' replacement has now completely moved on to other targets.
Among the possible candidates at Marquette now are former UCLA coach Ben Howland, Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins and Green Bay coach Brian Wardle. Williams left Marquette last week to be the new head coach at Virginia Tech, at which point Marquette quickly started a search that centered on Smart. Some media outlets in Milwaukee reported earlier this week that Smart-to-Marquette was a "done deal." But sources consistently told CBSSports.com that those reports were both inaccurate and premature.
Smart just completed his fifth year at VCU. The 36-year-old Wisconsin native has won 27, 28, 29, 27 and 26 games in his first five seasons as a head coach. He's made four straight NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the Final Four once (in 2011).
VCU finished 12-4 in the Atlantic 10 this season.
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