What do you think he does at the end of this year? There are openings at other schools that are highly interested in him... My question is, do you think he stays where he's at or goes to coach at a different school by next year?
It's hard to call. UCLA and Minnesota will be throwing everything at him. I think he stays at VCU but he may be intrigued to get UCLA back to where it use to be. On another note, don't be surprised to hear Andy Enfields name as well. I love what he has done to FGCU and hope he doesn't leave them either but he will be getting some calls as well after this run.
I think the VCU system with Smart's coaching abilities in UCLA with their level of recruiting would be AWESOME.
Heck, UCLA could OWN LA basketball once Kobe quits and Chris Paul's knees give out.
Shaka Smart has to be at the top of UCLA's list.
Not sure Minnesota is attractive enough....UCLA however...
anyway, Smart has been loyal to VCU but sooner or later, he has to leave. he is just waiting for the job he cant refuse....and I think he is close.
I'm a Minnesota fan so a man can dream right? The only thing they got is VCU's old athletic director who hired him initially at VCU. I doubt that's enough but if he could bring in some of his own staff with him I'm sure he could be coaxed into leaving.
He was Illinois's top target to replace Bruce Weber at the conclusion of last season, and he turned Illinois down. The Illinois job seemed to me a little more attractive than the Minnesota job, simply because of the players that Minnesota will lose and the weak recruiting class that Minnesota has coming in next season.
However, UCLA seems like a very good fit for Shaka Smart. UCLA has had one of the most prestigious college basketball programs in the history of men's college basketball. With quality players on the roster such as Kyle Anderson and Larry Drew II (Muhammed will likely bail for the NBA), UCLA seems like a very attractive opening for Shaka Smart, and could be 'THAT' opportunity that Smart has long desired to up and leave VCU.
Who knows though? Shaka has showed loyalty to the University in the past, he could very well end up staying there.
Correction** Larry Drew II is a senior, so he will not be returning. Still though, UCLA is an attractive destination to highly-coveted high school ballers, and Shaka could bring in some top notch talent.
Yeah i hope he takes the UCLA job. They always recruit well and he will bring them back on top
The days of the dynasty in college hoops are gone. Shaka could possibly do a bit better than Ben Howland but really three final 4's and four Pac- 12 championships in 10 years was pretty stellar. The last Pac-10/12 team to even make the Final 4 was Arizona in 2001. They were also the last Pac 10 team to win it all in 1997 two years after UCLA's last title run.
From the looks of it this decision had very little to do with UCLA on the court. If UCLA claims this was done from strictly a basketball standpoint they are either lying or incredibly stupid...they aren't going to win 88 games or 7 titles in a row in this era no matter who your coach is.
Shaka is a great coach and deserves whatever job he wants but Ben Howland didn't deserve to lose his job.
What have you done for me lately....No sweet 16 in five seasons. They have missed the NCAA two times in the last four years. Under .500 in 2010. He lost control of the program. That led to TOO many transfers and TOO many players not develop. And yeah he went to three straight final fours..........but he never won. He did deserve to get fired.
What have you done for me lately? They won the Pac-12 this year...that was pretty good considering many people thought it would be a one horse race with U of A taking the title. They had a young team that kept improving as the year went on. They weren't a great team but they had nobody inside whatsoever.
The only coaches that won a national title since the year 2000 are Tom Izzo, Coach K, Gary Williams, Jim Boeheim, Jim Calhoun, Roy Williams, Billy Donovan, Bill Self and John Calipari. Does that mean that guys who have been there but haven't won like Thad Matta should be fired? Rick Pitino hasn't been to the title game since his Kentucky team lost in 1997....should Louisville start looking for a new coach?
Ok they didn't have anybody inside why.......he couldn't control his program and players left. Only thing Howland has in common with the two coaches you stated is not having won a championship. In the last five years.......
3 conf champ 3 conf tourny champ
1 final four
1 conf champ
2 conf champ 3 conf tourny
1 final four
A Matta, B Howland, C Pitino........You compared what he has done lately with these coaches, not me. And add on how he lost control, no those schools should not start looking for replacements. I'm not saying Howland is a bad coach, but once again, he DID deserve to get fired.......
Minnesota should target Gregg Marshall of Wichita State
UCLA with a non-god awful coach would be interesting.
I was thinking the top candidates for any school out there would be Shaka smart and brad Stevens of butler. They are young guys who are promising up and coming coaches and have made a name for themselves with the systems they've run at their respectable schools. Greg Marshall is an intriguing guy tho. I remember hearing that he was upset that he didn't get offers from bigger schools.
It all depends...VCU has a lot of money, they have to pay Shaka or he HAS to think about UCLA.
UCLA has a mystique about it. The location the status and the money would be too much to pass up.