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You may not be able to count on the weather this time of year but college basketball fan can certainly count on the rumors that fly during the spring Coach Shaka Smart watch.

Now that the Rams are out of the NCAA tournament Smart’s name has come up in just about every high profile coaching search. Published reports Monday afternoon said that both Marquette and Wake Forest asked for permission to talk to Smart about their openings.

The website 24-7.com reported that Marquette’s hiring of Coach Smart was imminent, and the CBS 6 Milwaukee affiliate reported that Smart “very well could become” the next Marquette basketball coach.

Locally, CBS 6 sources are skeptical of any such move, and sources have told CBS 6 Sports that the VCU Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin hasn’t been asked by anyone to officially talk to his coach and that nothing is imminent.

One thing we know for certain — Smart is still the head coach at VCU and was in his office at the Siegel Center today.

If you want a good breakdown of how much Smart makes currently, and how much he would make at Marquette, click here. Also, to get him out of his renegotiated contract that runs through 2023, it would cost at least $600,000.

As part of the deal, he will owe a $600,000 buyout to VCU if he leaves before April 30, 2014. In addition, any school he goes to must schedule a two-year home-and-home series with VCU or pay VCU $250,000.

Thus, Marquette could end up paying $850,000 before even considering a salary for Smart.

BUT, on to your Tweets. Which are absolutely hilarious AND contradictory. The rumors even forced the hack Twitter move – a fake account.

And check out this beautiful contradiction (and see for yourself how many tweets are out there).



  • Karl Childers

    He needs to consult Anthony Grant and Jeff Capel before he leaves…seriously he is getting well compensated for what he has done for VCU. If he wants more money, then good luck. VCU has a knack for hiring young up and comers, and I am sure they will find another. Everyone is replaceable.

  • Steel Mill

    As the previous poster said, he needs to look at his predecesors. Mr. Smart has a good situation, esp for his family. He still has goals at VCU and it keeps getting better. I think he will end up like Coach Laycock at W&M or former coach Robbins at VUU, both always had offers from larger schools with more coin. They both understood the advantages of the deal not made.
    HAVOC continues at VCU.

  • B Addy

    Why in the world would Coach Smart leave VCU for Marquette?????
    He has already turned down the likes of UCLA and N.C. State.
    Like Karl said call A.G. and Capel and get their opinion. Matter of fact I would bet Anthony Grant would make an even swap with him right now.

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