Shaka Smart leaving VCU to become coach at Texas

Shaka Smart leaving VCU to become coach at Texas
Shaka Smart is leaving Virginia Commonwealth to take the head coaching position at Texas. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images)

Shaka Smart is leaving Virginia Commonwealth to coach the Texas Longhorns.

VCU sports information director Scott Day confirmed to reporters gathered at the campus Thursday night that Smart was making the move. Smart met with VCU players earlier in the evening.


Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson flew to Richmond on Thursday to close the deal.

Smart has been one of the hottest names in college coaching since leading the Rams to the Final Four in 2011. Patterson has zeroed in on bringing Smart to Texas immediately after firing former Longhorns coach Rick Barnes last weekend.

Smart has won at least 26 games in each of his six seasons at VCU.

More money for Donovan

Florida Coach Billy Donovan signed a one-year contract extension that raises his annual salary to about $4 million and keeps him under contract through the 2019-20 season.

Donovan and the Gators agreed to the deal last summer. It was signed in December, and the school released details Thursday.

The new contract paid Donovan $4.2 million in 2014-15, including a $250,000 signing bonus. His salary drops to $3.96 million for the next four years and then jumps to $4 million in the final year.

The total value of Donovan's deal increased by a little more than $5.63 million. His buyout remained at $500,000 — giving him an affordable out if he chooses to jump to the NBA. Donovan also has a window from March 1 to April 1 to end the agreement without paying a buyout.

Donovan's previous deal averaged $3.7 million annually.

The Gators have reached the Final Four four times during Donovan's 19 seasons. He led them to consecutive national championships in 2006 and 2007, but is coming off his first losing season since 1998.

The 49-year-old Donovan recorded his 500th career win in February, joining Bobby Knight as the only college basketball coaches to reach the milestone before turning 50.

Marshall staying at Wichita State

Wichita State Coach Gregg Marshall agreed to terms on a new contact, choosing to remain with the Missouri Valley powerhouse after receiving overtures from Alabama.

Terms of the agreement, which was reached late Wednesday, were not disclosed because the final contract still must be signed. It is expected to be a significant raise from the base salary of $1.85 million that Marshall was making on his previous seven-year rollover contract.


Marshall, 52, has led the Shockers to four straight NCAA tournaments, including a trip to the Final Four in 2013. Wichita State lost to Notre Dame in the Sweet 16 this season.


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