Tag:Shaka Smart
Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:51 am
Edited on: May 6, 2011 8:59 am

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Maryland's search for Gary Williams' successor is underway and figures to center on some of the men connected to most high-profile openings over the past few years -- specifically Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Arizona's Sean Miller and Villanova's Jay Wright, multiple sources have told CBSSports.com.

Notre Dame's Mike Brey is also in the mix.

Brey is a Maryland native who would almost certainly take the job if offered, according to a source. But the same source said Dixon, Miller and Wright would probably have to make it clear to Maryland officials that they're uninterested before the ACC school moved that direction. The level of interest from Dixon, Miller and Wright varies and is unclear, though all three would at least take a phone call and listen, multiple sources told CBSSports.com, considering the Maryland job is widely viewed as one of the nation's best because of tradition, support and a rich recruiting base of Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

One thing worth noting is that Dixon has an existing and strong relationship with first-year Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, who was previously the AD at Army when Dixon's sister, Maggie Dixon, was the school's women's basketball coach. She died from heart failure in April 2006 at the age of 28 just after completing her first season at Army. It should also be noted that Dixon has in recent years rejected multiple overtures to remain at Pittsburgh (most notably from Arizona, Southern California and North Carolina State), that Miller likely has a preseason top 20 team at Arizona and that Wright is a Philadelphia native who has passed on countless opportunities over the past five years. Those things could help the job fall to Brey or somebody like Minnesota's Tubby Smith or VCU's Shaka Smart.

Williams retired Thursday after 22 seasons at the school.

He led Maryland to 14 NCAA tournaments and the 2002 national championship.
Posted on: April 4, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2011 3:31 pm

Smart rejects N.C. State, staying at VCU

HOUSTON -- Shaka Smart agreed to a new and extended contract with VCU on Monday after rejecting a multiyear offer from North Carolina State, multiple sources have told CBSSports.com.

The news was first reported by CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel.

"[N.C. State] talked to [Smart] and made an offer," VCU athletic director Norwood Teague told the Charlotte Observer after Doyel's initial report. "We countered and he is staying."

Smart, 33, led VCU to its first Final Four this season.

The Rams lost to Butler here in Houston on Saturday night.

N.C. State is searching for a replacement for Sidney Lowe. Sources have told CBSSports.com that the school has seriously pursued many candidates already -- among them Texas' Rick Barnes, Arizona's Sean Miller, UCLA's Ben Howland, Xavier's Chris Mack, Memphis' Josh Pastner and Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon. All have decided to pass on the opportunity to work under athletic director Debbie Yow, whose reputation within the coaching community is hindering her ability to find a marquee coach.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:22 am

Coaching clinic in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- I'm spending the next couple of days -- i.e., Monday and Tuesday -- here on the Florida campus, and not because I'm starting graduate school. Rather, I'm speaking at an annual coaching clinic organized by Florida associate head coach Larry Shyatt. It should be both fun and educational. I'm glad I'm involved.

Here's the rundown of Monday speakers:

9:15: Brad Stevens
10:30: Del Harris
12:00: Me
1:45: Jeremy Foley
2:30: Jamie Dixon, Shaka Smart, Matthew Driscoll
4:00: Buzz Williams
5:15: Rick Turk
6:30: LuAnn Humphrey
7:45: Billy Donovan

Coaches scheduled to speak Tuesday include Matt Painter, Sean Miller, Travis Ford, Scott Duncan, Mike Hopkins, Brendan Suhr, and Kevin Eastman. I'll try my best to Tweet anything interesting. So make sure you're following me at this link.
Posted on: April 9, 2010 9:56 am
Edited on: April 10, 2010 8:38 am

Sources: Clemson has interviewed at least five

Wright State's Brad Brownell is one of at least five coaches who interviewed for the opening at Clemson over the past two days, multiple sources have told CBSSport.com. The others are Wofford's Mike Young, Jacksonville's Cliff Warren, ODU's Blaine Taylor and former Boston College coach Al Skinner.

Brownell has won at least 20 games four straight years and was widely considered the Horizon League's best coaching prospect until Butler's Brad Stevens rose to prominence this season. The Indiana native was in play for the Indiana job that went to Tom Crean two years ago. His candidacy at Clemson suggests the ACC school is considering hiring a rising star as opposed to someone whose career is on the decline like Skinner, the 57-year-old who was fired at BC last week. Young and Taylor both led their teams to the NCAA tournament this season. Warren coached in the NIT.

Other candidates Clemson has, will or could target are VCU's Shaka Smart, Western Kentucky's Ken McDonald, Ohio's John Groce, Oklahoma's Jeff Capel and Baylor's Scott Drew. Multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Clemson officias desired a meeting with Arizona State's Herb Sendek, a former North Carolina State coach, but that he turned down an interview request.

Clemson is searching for a replacement for Oliver Purnell.

He left last Tuesday to take over at DePaul for more than $15 million.
Posted on: November 21, 2009 11:00 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2009 11:22 pm

Smart's third game at VCU results in huge win

The best thing about getting the VCU job as your first job is that it's the VCU job.

It's proved to be a springboard to bigger and better things.

A culture of winning exists around the program.

You're set up to be successful.

But all those things could also be interpreted as bad things for Shaka Smart, because -- as I detailed in a column back in June -- there's nothing simple about being a first-time head coach inheriting a team losing the best player in school history. With Eric Maynor in the NBA, that was the situation Smart walked into, and he knew it. But he also knew the VCU fanbase -- having just watched Jeff Capel and Anthony Grant win consistently -- wouldn't be interested in hearing any excuses for a possible, if not probable, slow start.

"The fans don't care about that," Smart told me this summer, about a month after he was hired away from Billy Donovan's staff at Florida, just like Grant before him. "Their deal is: 'Hey, this guy before you was winning, and we brought you in here to do the same or more.'"

Smart did "the same or more" Saturday night.

His third game as a head coach resulted in an 82-69 win over the 17th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners coached by Capel, whose contract at VCU required him to return to the Siegel Center as a visitor if he ever left for another job. Capel did indeed leave for another job after the 2005-06 season; he replaced Kelvin Sampson at OU. The byproduct (because of the contract) was the Sooners having to serve as the first ranked opponent to ever enter the Siegel Center.

They exited double-digit losers.

Willie Warren missed 11 of 14 shots, including all eight 3-point attempts. The CBSSports.com Preseason First Team All-American battled cramps in the second half, finished with eight points and six turnovers, then sat on the bench with a towel draped over his head and watched the VCU students storm the court and celebrate. Off to the side, Smart mostly remained calm and cool. It was a big win, sure. But as he told me when he took the job, this is what he was brought to VCU to do -- to be successful on a relevant level, to maintain a national profile for the Rams,  to win big games just like his predecessors, and maybe even beat one of them, if possible.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 31, 2009 11:52 am
Edited on: March 31, 2009 12:01 pm

VCU to hire Florida assistant

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

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 1, 2008 3:12 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2008 3:20 pm

Donovan hires Clemson's Smart

Billy Donovan completed his Florida staff this weekend by hiring Clemson assistant Shaka Smart, sources have told CBSSports.com. An official announcement is expected later this week.

Smart is considered one of the brightest young assistants in the business and was instrumental in the rise of Clemson basketball the last few years under Oliver Purnell. The 31-year-old with a bachelor's degree in history from Kenyon College and a master's degree in social science from California University of Pennsylvania will fill the void left on Donovan's staff left by Lewis Preston, who resigned from Florida last week to take a similar position at Penn State.

Donovan's staff now consists of Larry Shyatt, Rob Lanier and Smart.

The Gators should be a preseason Top 25 team.

Posted on: May 14, 2008 4:45 pm

Many top assistants are gathering in Portland

Many of the top basketball assistants in the country have convened in Portland this week for the Villa 7 Consortium.

What the hell is the Villa 7 Consortium, you ask?

(Good question)

It's an annual event designed to help assistants learn from and network with the athletic directors who might someday hire them. There was a 'Casino Night' n Tuesday night and the assistants will pop in and out of sessions all day Wednesday as various head coaches speak about the ins and outs of running their own program. Among the 50-to-60 assistants in attendance to this invitation-only event are Ohio State's John Groce, Texas' Russ Springmann, Ole Miss' Michael White, Kansas' Joe Dooley, Florida State's Stan Jones and Clemson's Shaka Smart.

"It's a great opportunity for a young guy like me to not only learn more about coaching but to also develop more contacts in the business," Smart said by phone from Portland. "It's just a great event."

Head coaches speaking Wednesday are Arizona State's Herb Sendek, Xavier's Sean Miller, Virginia's Dave Leitao and Miami's Frank Haith.
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