Texas will reportedly hire VCU’s Shaka Smart as its next coach

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Update 8:03 pm ET UT is certainly not holding back the funds-they are reportedly offering a $14 million contract over 5 years to Smart

By Travis Duncan

Texas is finalizing a deal to bring VCU’s Shaka Smart in as its next men’s basketball head coach, according to a report by Chip Brown of,

On Sunday, Texas fired coach Rick Barnes after 17 seasons, the last three or so of which were well below program expectations. Texas officials stated they planned to move in on a coach within the next week, and it appears they have done just that.

The 37-year old Smart caught the attention of America with VCU’s Cinderella run in 2011 to the Final Four, but Smart has resisted a move from VCU until now.

Smart finished his sixth season with VCU in 2015 loosing in the first round of the Tournament to the lower-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes 75-72 in overtime on March 19th.

According to his bio on the VCU Athletics website Smart played his college basketball at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and graduated magna cum laude in 1999 with a degree in history.

More as it this develops.