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Report: Shaka Smart Leaning Towards Staying At VCU

Shaka Smart during VCU's second-round win over Wichita State. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Shaka Smart during VCU’s second-round win over Wichita State. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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(CBS) Unless something “drastic” changes in the next day, it appears Shaka Smart will stay at VCU instead of taking the Illinois job, according to CBS’ Jon Rothstein.

The college basketball insider wrote on Twitter Tuesday: “Sources confirm that unless something drastic changes in the next 24 hours, Shaka Smart will stay at VCU…..”

So what could drastically change?

According to 670 The Score’s Dan Bernstein, his source told him that “something” is more money.

Bernstein reported earlier Tuesday that Illinois has extended a formal offer to Smart and the ball is in his court.

According to CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman, Illinois’ offer is “in the neighborhood of $2.5 million per year” and Smart could make a decision as early as Tuesday night.