Shaka Smart

Dana Altman (credit: Thearon Henderson/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Louisville, Damyean Dotson And 16 Reasons To Love The Sweet 16

Louisville’s press, Damyean Dotson’s upside and Denzel Valentine’s versatility are just three of the many reasons to love the Sweet 16.


Illinois Head Coach John Groce  (Credit: Getty)

Wisch: One Year After Hire, Illini Enjoying A Groce Profit

It turned out that the Illini – and, most significantly, athletic director Mike Thomas – were indeed lucky. And in the end, that was good.

CBS Chicago–03/26/2013

Cleanthony Early celebrates after Wichita State defeated No. 1 Gonzaga.   (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Bernstein: Upsets Not What They Used To Be

Despite the popularity of the clichéd, post-victory cry, nobody really “shocks the world.”

CBS Chicago–03/24/2013

Michigan VCU

Michigan Breezes Through VCU Press In 78-53 Win

Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Michigan breezed through Virginia Commonwealth’s vaunted pressure with a clinical performance Saturday, beating the fifth-seeded Rams 78-53 to advance to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time since 1994.


Nathan Scheelhaase

Wisch: The Truth About Illinois Football

And this deeper dilemma affecting U. of I. athletics is so discouraging that after reading this column, you very well may be driven to drink yourself.

CBS Chicago–09/25/2012

Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart both turned down opportunities to coach at Illinois. (Photos by Kevin C. Cox and Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Coaching Search Has Fans Feeling the ’Paign

But because Thomas went after coaches that he – as well as the vast majority of other ADs in the country – couldn’t get, he ended up badly embarrassing Illinois. Twice. And, in turn, Thomas, along with more than a little help from the Illinois trustees and administration, has succeeded in making a very good coaching job look like a radioactive one.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2012

Brad Stevens

Report: Illini Reach Out To Brad Stevens

Illinois has reportedly reached out to Brad Stevens about its head coaching vacancy and its interest in the Butler head coach is “high”.

CBS Chicago–03/23/2012

Shaka Smart

Wisch: In Illini Coaching Search, Nothing Is Simple

Twelve years ago, after Lon Kruger bolted Champaign for NBA riches in Atlanta, it appeared that Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther had his successor in hand.

CBS Chicago–03/23/2012

Marquette head coach Buzz Williams. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge: With Shaka Smart Out, Who Does Illinois Turn To Now?

Thomas’ latest rejection has left him in a tough spot. Other candidates now know how much money Illinois is willing to spend.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2012

VCU head coach Shaka Smart. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Shaka Smart Turns Down Illini

VCU head coach Shaka Smart has turned down Illinois’ offer to become the next Illini men’s basketball coach.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2012

Shaka Smart. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

VA Radio Host: Smart May Not Want Hassle Of Illinois

Will Shaka Smart leave his post at VCU to join Illini Nation?

670 The Score–03/21/2012

Shaka Smart. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Latest: Shaka Smart Watch

Up to the minute developments on the Illinois-Shaka Smart discussions.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2012

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

Report: Shaka Smart Leaning Towards Staying At VCU

Unless something “drastic” changes in the next day, it appears Shaka Smart will reportedly stay at VCU instead of taking the Illinois job.

CBS Chicago–03/20/2012

Shaka Smart

Sources: Smart Has Offer From Illini; Smith Meets With Thomas

Sources close to Simeon head coach Robert Smith say he has been in Champaign having conversations with Thomas about an assistant job.

CBS Chicago–03/20/2012

VCU head coach Shaka Smart. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Report: Illinois Determined To Hire Shaka Smart

​As Illinois continues its search for a new head coach, new athletic director Mike Thomas is after one guy.

670 The Score–03/19/2012

Shaka Smart

Bernstein: Illini Hire Must Ignore Race

It’s difficult enough to hire the right basketball coach at Illinois, without choosing to limit the field of candidates beforehand.

670 The Score–03/18/2012

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

Wisch: Fit To Be Tied, Illini Fans May Need Shaka Therapy

When Shaka Smart, Virginia Commonwealth’s coach and the apple of many an Illini fan’s eye, opted on Thursday to don an orange tie – and a blue shirt, to boot! – for VCU’s NCAA Tourney opener, both Twitter and Facebook burst alive with posts of breathless speculation.

CBS Chicago–03/16/2012

VCU head coach Shaka Smart. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Hoge: Ten Possible Illini Head Coaching Candidates

With Bruce Weber officially out the door, here are nine possible Illini head coaching candidates.

CBS Chicago–03/09/2012

Shaka Smart

Report: Shaka To Stay At VCU

According to a report, VCU’s Shaka Smart will stay at the school, and not cash in on the team’s Cinderella run to the Final Four.


Butler Bulldogs

Bernstein: Butler Has Become Annoying

If the Butler Bulldogs win the national title, will they please leave?

670 The Score–04/04/2011