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VCU to hire Florida assistant

Posted on: March 31, 2009 11:52 am
Edited on: March 31, 2009 12:01 pm

VCU is set to announce Florida assistant Shaka Smart as its next basketball coach, a source told early Tuesday.

A news conference will be held in the next 48 hours.

Smart comes to VCU after one season on Billy Donovan's staff at Florida.

Before that, he was with Oliver Purnell at Clemson.

Smart replaces Anthony Grant, who left last week to take over at Alabama.

Like Smart, Grant was also a Florida assistant.

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Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2009 7:02 pm

VCU to hire Florida assistant

I was suprised they didnt go with Pujols, since he was slotted for the job when AG almost went to Florida after Billy D took the Orlando job. Their AD must have seen something special in Smart. And I do know my history of VCU basketball, since I live in Richmond and know some of Grants coaching staff. I just thought VCU had risen above hiring the early 30's coach with not much coaching experience. Grant had been on many peoples radar for a very long time. He coached under Billy D for 12 years (10 at UF, 2 at Marshall), so his name was bantered around for many jobs before he took VCU. Their AD didnt hire Grant or Capel, so this was his first big hire. Grant was making 700-800k at VCU, and if they were willing to pay that amount for a new coach (very doubtful), they couldve lured somebody with a longer resume. Capel at 27 worked out just fine, hopefully Smart is the real deal holyfield.



Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2009 5:39 pm

VCU to hire Florida assistant

Shaka Smart has been considered a future up-and-coming coach for sometime now. VCU does a great job of hiring young talent and letting them grow and moving them onto bigger and better jobs.

To the typical fan, Smart isn't a household name, but you can believe that AD's around the country will think this was a great hire.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2009 5:24 pm

VCU to hire Florida assistant

It would seem to me that after the hiring of Jeff Capel & Anthony Grant that you would at least give them the benefit of the doubt. Neither of the previously mentioned gentlemen were household names prior to coming to VCU. With their track record, the selection committe must have some clue as to what qualities will make a good coach. Time will tell.

Since: Aug 3, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2009 3:11 pm

VCU to hire Florida assistant

Anthony Grant came from Florida, VCU is going back to what worked. You aren't getting an experienced top flight HC for that job, but you do get guys who want to be HC's and be successful and move on. That's life in mid-majors. Memphis got a guy like calipari solely because he flopped in the NBA and needed a job. There are a couple of guys out there like Calipari now in Pete Gillen, Steve Lappas and PJ Carlesimo, but schools like VCU can't afford them.



Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2009 2:18 pm

VCU to hire Florida assistant

 If you knew your history of VCU basketball you'd know that Jeff Capel was only 27 and had only 2 years of assistant experience when he was hired.  I doubt this is money based and more along the line of how the last two coaches were hired. Find a quality assistant that not many people have heard of and snatch him up.


Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2009 1:04 pm

VCU to hire Florida assistant

Not sold on this hire at all for VCU. VCU is riding high after Jeff Capel and Anthony Grant, and now they hire a 31 or 32 year old who has limited experience as an assistant coach? They must have gone the cheap route, cause I know they didnt like spending $800k on Grant to keep him. Interesting hire for sure, just think VCU could have gotten a more experienced assistant coach to run the ship that is chuggin along pretty nicely right now.



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