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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....

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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,...