NCAA Basketball

VCU’s Shaka Smart Rejects N.C. State Head Coaching Job

| by Alex Groberman

Well, that pretty much kills all the suspense.

According to multiple reports, VCU Rams head coach Shaka Smart has told North Carolina State Wolfpack officials that he does not wish to be considered for their vacant head coaching slot. The move effectively killed the weekend rumor that he was going to leave the VCU squad with whom he just finished an extremely impressive March Madness run to fill a position which has been open since mid-March.

Smart, of course, becomes the latest high-profile name to say “Thanks, but no thanks” to N.C. State. At some point over the course of the last month, Sean Miller of Arizona, Mark Turgeon of Texas A&M, Josh Pastner of Memphis and Rick Barnes of Texas had all taken a moment out of their hectic schedules to tell Wolfpack officials to kick rocks.

Candidates rumored to be in the running for the least-desired job in the country now include Wichita State’s Greg Marshall and Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin.

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Some reports over the weekend noted that N.C. State had made a presentation to Smart which offered a salary in the $2 million range. However, VCU’s athletic director Norwood Teague told reporters that the school was prepared to offer their suddenly highly-demanded head coach a salary in the seven digits range as well – a substantial raise from his current earnings.