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Shaka Smart staying at VCU

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



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Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: April 7, 2011 9:51 am
 

Hey Gregg

Gregg:  Be proud of yourself.  You have lowered your professional status to that of a non-professional. You are not worthy of professional comment or authorship. Frankly, you are a disgrace to the profession of which I spent many years. Your personal vitriol only substantiates the fact that your egocentric, nonsensical request for the coach of the basketball team at the University of Maryland to return your call is ludicrous.  Why in the world would any respected human being talk to a person who displays your type of behavior and unprofessionalism? I call on you to resign from the media. We will all be better off.



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2011 10:40 am
 

Shaka Smart staying at VCU

Good move by Shaka. Nothing could be possibly worse than working for Yao. What a disaster she created for herself. Hires a coach and then claims the search was sabotaged. Nice job throwing your coach under the bus on day 1.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:42 am
 

Shaka Smart staying at VCU

You're correct in one sense, SkyHawk ... I don't know what I was thinking with Johnny Dawkins.  I should have gone Jim Spanarkel and/or Mike Giminski--the team that made the great Final Four run in '78.  That, I would argue, returned Duke to national prominence; whether or not Foster left the cupboard bare for Coach K is another argument, akin to whether Sendak handed Lowe a handful of dueces and treys.  My view in the first case is that Foster left good, not great, talent and a legacy to build on; in the second case, the poster says it himself: Lowe had a system that didn't fit Sendak's players--thus, it was not the players themselves who were the problem, it was Lowe's so called system.  What that system was, no one has ever figured out because it didn't work with Sidney's players either.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Shaka Smart staying at VCU

We can argue for days, but lets not pretend the cupboard was full when Sidney got here.  There were virtually no incoming freshmen and a couple of juniors that did not fit his system, and no bench; they played well the first season but the second season it all imploded.  Sendek had his pros and cons as did Lowe, they ended up even in the end.  Lowe had to start all over at State because of the type of player that Sendek recruited was completely different than the one Lowe was after.
That's N.C. State's fault, not Herb Sendek's fault. The program would have kept winning if he had stayed, I don't think there's any doubt about it.


That is why I compare the two.  Contrary to popular belief (national media) Sendek left the program exactly the way he found it. 


That might be the funniest thing I've ever read. The program was not a national joke when Sendek left it. The program at N.C. State was actually well-respected. Sendek left the program in much better shape than how he found it, and you're absolutely blind if you can't see that.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Shaka Smart staying at VCU

Thats just my opinion.  You can sit there and believe different but I think Sendek's record and continuing record at ASU speaks for itself.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Shaka Smart staying at VCU

We can argue for days, but lets not pretend the cupboard was full when Sidney got here.  There were virtually no incoming freshmen and a couple of juniors that did not fit his system, and no bench; they played well the first season but the second season it all imploded.  Sendek had his pros and cons as did Lowe, they ended up even in the end.  Lowe had to start all over at State because of the type of player that Sendek recruited was completely different than the one Lowe was after.  

That is why I compare the two.  Contrary to popular belief (national media) Sendek left the program exactly the way he found it.  



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Shaka Smart staying at VCU

Numbers don't lie,  Herb won exactly one more ACC game than Sidney did in his first 5 years.  In his first 5 years he made 0 appearances in the NCAA turnament just like Sidney lowe.
But numbers do lie. Sendek took a shattered program and built it into something good. Lowe took a solid program and mismanaged it into the ground. When you are given talent to start with, you are expected to win with it. When you are given a program that was nothing, as Herb Sendek was, it takes a while to win. If you honestly believe that Sendek wasn't much better than Lowe, I can only conclude you know nothing about basketball, or you're a teenager who doesn't remember the Les Robinson days.

Best example of how the numbers can lie: Auburn coach Gene Chizik. He was 5-19 at Iowa State. Last year, he didn't lose once at Auburn. Numbers can and very often do lie.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Shaka Smart staying at VCU

I think they are only going to formally offer the coach that accepts the job.



Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Shaka Smart staying at VCU

No formal offer from NC State? That's puzzeling because you can't help but wonder? Who is it that they (nc state) are waiting on? Whittenburg??? Smart is going to land a better paying, higher profile with significantly higher expectations than VCU. I thought that would have been a good fit guess the admin at NC State did not. Will they be sorry?



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Shaka Smart staying at VCU

I think its because you have different leadership.  If Lee Fowler was still the AD then Lowe is still the head coach.  I don't thikn Debbie Yow would have kept Sendek after those five years.  
The ACC was different back then, there were less teams but the conference as a whole was thought to be better top to bottom.  Who knows all I know is that Herb has done nothing at ASU to suggest that would do anything better at NCSU which is why I don't get the love affair with herb sendek.  Its not like we drove a hall of famer out of town.  He was an OK coach and we wanted better.  He left so that was on him. 


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