Shaka Smart leaves Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to take over the head coaching job at Texas University. The cool dad and media darling will finally cash in and get all the spoils that come from coaching a big named program.
Should he have waited for a position at a school with a better basketball tradition? Should he have waited one more year to field offers? Could he have gone to a school who’s fans and athletic director are likely more forgiving to a first year losing season, if that were to occur?
The answer to all these questions are, “maybe.” As it stands the young coach will make about $18 million. I know money isn’t everything, but when you have a family and an opportunity like this presents itself, it makes the decision easier to run a fast break to the bank. Money aside, he had taken VCU as far it it could go and it is time to see what he can do with real resources at his disposal.
I wish Shaka all the success in the world and know he is up to the challenge. #FatherhoodFriday salute! #DadsRule