Smart agrees to stay at VCU

Smart agrees to stay at VCU
March 27, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Shaka did right by VCU, but likely won't get title shot there

Westwood can wait -- Shaka Smart is staying put.

Smart spurned reported overtures from UCLA, agreeing in principle Wednesday to a contract extension that will keep him at Virginia Commonwealth University for years to come.

“Coach Smart has demonstrated through this process that he is loyal to VCU and his greatest concern lies with our program moving forward every year,” said VCU Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin in a release. “Our goal was to present him with a revised agreement proactively rather than wait for another institution to step in with an offer. I believe we accomplished our goal."

While officials report that the details of the extension are still being finalized, the majority of the contract changes consist of program enhancements, benefitting student-athletes and coaches alike.

The extension also adds years to Smart's existing deal, as well as incentive clauses rewarding success and loyalty.

Smart’s record is 111-37 since arriving at VCU four years ago, the most wins over any four-year stretch in VCU history and the sixth-most in the country over the past four seasons. His win total constitutes the second-highest for any NCAA Division I head coach through their first four seasons.

Before coming to VCU, Smart was an assistant to University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan. He also was an assistant coach at Clemson, the University of Akron, the University of Dayton and at California University of Pennsylvania following a playing career at Kenyon College.