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Smart turns down Illinois to keep job at VCU


Shaka Smart has turned down Illinois for a final time and will remain at VCU, a source close to the situation told on Wednesday.

Smart is expected to speak on the subject later Wednesday.

Illinois targeting the rising star even before it fired Bruce Weber and continued to make offer after offer over the past 48 hours. The latest was believed to be worth more than $2 million per season.

Smart has led VCU to consecutive NCAA tournaments.

He made the Final Four last season.

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.

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