It’s simple, really.
Shaka Smart won 163 games at VCU in six seasons, shattering the school’s alltime wins mark. It’s the second-most wins for a D1 coach in his first six seasons in the history of college basketball. He never won fewer than 26 games in any single season. He won the only tournament VCU played in that was not an NCAA tournament.
There’s that Final Four business that was, uh, significant. Wins. Hardware. T-shirts. Banners.
There are banners, lots of them, that hang in That Animal.
But here’s the truth: basketball coaches are replaceable. VCU won before Shaka Smart, and it will win long after Shaka Smart is gone. Smart may have been the figurative can of spinach, but VCUs success on the court is the Popeye. From a basketball perspective there are other cans of spinach.
Here’s the second truth: to appreciate what Shaka Smart accomplished at VCU, you have to…
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