Posted on: April 4, 2011 12:18 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2011 12:33 pm

Shaka Smart staying at VCU

HOUSTON -- Shaka Smart of VCU will stay at VCU and not cash in on his instant superstardom, a source in Richmond told me a minute ago.

For the 33-year-old Smart (55-21 in two years at VCU),  it caps a whirlwind three weeks that saw him go from relative anonymity to rising star to the hottest commodity on this spring's coaching market.

Smart had talked to N.C. State on Sunday night and Monday morning. A formal offer was never extended, but that could be a formality. That information is beyond my pay grade.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Shaka Smart, VCU
Posted on: March 27, 2011 7:04 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2011 7:30 pm

Ref pushes Shaka; Gene Smith doesn't care

SAN ANTONIO -- That headline is a true story.

Smith, the Ohio State athletics director and also the head of the NCAA basketball committee, refused to make official Mike Eades available to the USBWA pool reporter at Sunday's Southwest Region final. The request was made by me, honestly, because I wanted to know why Eades put both hands on VCU coach Shaka Smart's chest and pushed him back toward the sideline after Smart ran onto the court and drew a technical foul.

No, Smith told the pool reporter. Eades doesn't have to answer to that. Furthermore, Smith said, referees commonly put their hands on a coach in that situation to keep the coach from going any farther onto the court.

Never seen it myself, but I can live with that explanation.

Plus it gives me an excuse to quote Smart, who was asked afterward about the technical:

"I try not to get technicals. It's the first technical foul I've gotten all year, and the second one I've gotten in two years, I was mad at myself after I got it. I kind of lost it a little bit ... I didn't even say anything, but I guess I charged out there and ran a little bit faster than I should have. Which is actually the reason I got the other technical last year, too. I've got to control my pace as I move toward the officials.

"But what did I say to the team [after the technical]? We got in the huddle. First, I apologized to the team for getting a technical foul, because you never as a coach want to be part of giving the other team points. But I told our team something that I can't necessarily repeat verbatim here, but it was basically, 'Forget about the refs, forget Kansas. This is all about us and we've got to do what we've got to do.'"

Forget the refs and forget Kansas, huh? I think I can guess exactly what he said.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: VCU
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