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VCU President Michael Rao statement on the resignation of Shaka Smart

Following is a statement from Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao, Ph.D., on the resignation today of VCU men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart:


#ShakaWatch: Can VCU pick the next winner?

Shaka Smart isn’t the first successful VCU basketball coach poached by a Power 5 conference school. Remember Jeff Capel? In four seasons at VCU, from 2002-2006, Capel’s Rams teams went 79-41, making one NCAA and one NIT appearance, which was enough to land Capel at Oklahoma.


Report: Texas hires VCU basketball coach Shaka Smart

Shaka Smart is set to leave VCU for the head basketball coach job at Texas, according to multiple published reports.


Press Conference: VCU basketball coach Shaka Smart

VCU men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart discusses the Rams’ upcoming matchup against 7th-ranked UVA.


Chris Graham: Don’t get too down, UVa. Nation

Let’s face it. VCU is the heavyweight college basketball program in the state of Virginia, and has been for some time. There was a time, maybe about 15 years ago, that Virginia was the big boy in the Commonwealth, but that was before Pete Gillen, before Dave Leitao, long before Tony Bennett.


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Postgame Blog: #14 VCU 59, #25 UVa. 56

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham will be courtside at the John Paul Jones Arena for tonight’s college basketball matchup between #14 VCU and #25 UVa. Tipoff at sold-out John Paul Jones arena is set for 7 p.m.


VCU: Shaka Smart to remain as basketball coach

Shaka Smart will remain Virginia Commonwealth University’s head men’s basketball coach, the school announced late Wednesday. Changes in his contract have been agreed to in principle, and the details are being finalized, officials confirmed late today.


Shaka Smart, Tim Kaine among participants at Obama rally

Today, the Obama campaign announced part of the pre-program at President Obama’s rally this Saturday at the Siegel Center in Richmond, including VCU basketball coach Shaka Smart, who will be hosting the event. The pre-program participants, which will be released in full tomorrow, represent a mix of grassroots supporters and political leaders, and come from […]


Smart to remain at VCU

Virginia Commonwealth University officials confirmed Wednesday that head men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart will remain at VCU. “Coach Smart recognizes – as do the rest of the university community, alumni and fans – that VCU is the place to be right now,” said VCU President Michael Rao. “He continues to demonstrate his commitment to VCU […]


Smart adds two to VCU staff

The Virginia Commonwealth University men’s basketball program welcomed two new members to its family on Wednesday with head coach Shaka Smart announcing the additions of Jamion Christian and Michael Morrell to his coaching staff. Christian comes to the Black & Gold sidelines after spending the past three years at William & Mary, while Morrell will […]


VCU hoops, UVa.’s Starsia nominated for ESPYs

Music stars have the Grammys, movie stars have the Oscars. TV stars have the Emmys and sports stars have the ESPYs. It’s an exclusive list that gets to enjoy one of the best night in sports, but the VCU men’s basketball team will be on that list next month. The Rams have earned an ESPY […]


Sports Roundup: Hoops news, baseball, minors

Outburst pushes P-Nats : The Potomac Nationals’ bats awakened on getaway day in Winston-Salem. Wilmington nips Salem : For the second straight night, the Blue Rocks only needed to score three runs to defeat the Salem Sox. Sloppy ‘Cats fall to Keys : The Hillcats committed three errors Wednesday night, which led to two key […]


VCU fills out hoops recruiting class

Throughout the month of March, the Virginia Commonwealth University men’s basketball program defeated some of college basketball’s heavyweights. Over a month later, Head Coach Shaka Smart and the Rams haven’t stopped as they landed coveted big man, Jarred Guest (Columbia, S.C.), out of Charis Prep and Richland Northeast High School. “We’re very excited about adding […]


VCU sixth in final USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ poll

It’s a well-known fact that Shaka Smart is a history buff. Then it really comes as no surprise as Smart and his Rams continue to rewrite the history books when it comes to VCU basketball. For the first time ever, the Black & Gold earned a top-10 ranking, finishing sixth in the final USA Today/ESPN […]


Smart move? VCU coach decides to stay where he is

Shaka Smart is not going to be at VCU much longer. That was the conventional wisdom even before the Rams’ surprise run in the 2011 NCAA Tournament had come to an end. And then comes today’s shocker. Smart, 33, has agreed in principle to an eight-year extension at Virginia Commonwealth, after reportedly spurning N.C. State. […]


Chris Graham: Smart move? VCU coach decides to stay where he is

Shaka Smart is not going to be at VCU much longer. That was the conventional wisdom even before the Rams’ surprise run in the 2011 NCAA Tournament had come to an end. And then comes today’s shocker. Smart, 33, has agreed in principle to an eight-year extension at Virginia Commonwealth, after reportedly spurning N.C. State. […]


Smart to stay at VCU: Agrees to eight-year extension

Virginia Commonwealth University officials announced today that head men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart has agreed in principle to an eight-year contract. The agreement comes on the heels of VCU’s historic appearance in the Final Four of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. “Coach Smart’s contributions to the university are unquantifiable,” said VCU President Michael Rao. “His character, […]


Chris Graham: Fair-weather fans

See anything wrong with this picture? And no, I’m not referring to the fact that the governor’s office released a photo of Bob McDonnell talking on the phone with VCU coach Shaka Smart after the Rams’ win over top-seeded Kansas to earn the school’s first Final Four berth last weekend. It’s what McDonnell is wearing […]


VCU set to introduce new hoops coach

Virginia Commonwealth didn’t wait long to find its next head basketball coach. Former Florida assistant Shaka Smith will be introduced at the Siegel Center in Richmond on Thursday as the new head man. Smart, 32, replaces Anthony Grant, himself a former Florida assistant, who left VCU last week to take the head job at Alabama.