#ShakaWatch: VCU fans holding pep rallys, strip clubs offering deals

With Texas athletic director Steve Patterson reportedly visiting Shaka Smart on Thursday to discuss the Longhorns' head coaching job, the Richmond community is doing all it can to convince the 37-year old coach to stay put.

According to CBS Sports' Gary Parrish, Texas officials are "optimistic" that Smart will accept the job.

VCU students, hoping to change Smart's mind with school spirit, are taking action with a pep rally on Thursday night at the Siegel Center.

“We have a limited amount of time to show Coach Smart how much he means to the city of Richmond, and this is our chance to have an impact on his final decision,” Ram Nation, the group responsible for organizing the rally, wrote on their website.

While the pep rally doesn't start until the late afternoon, students have been gathering around the Siegel Center since the morning. 

But that's not all. Richmond's strip clubs made an offer to Smart, and his staff, should the VCU coach decide to turn down the opportunity and stay with the Rams. 

Stay tuned as #ShakaWatch continues around Richmond on Thursday.

Shaka Smart has shown interest in the Texas job, but it's uncertain whether he will take it. (USATSI)
Shaka Smart has shown interest in the Texas job, but it's uncertain whether he will take it. (USATSI)
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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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