Smart accepts extension with VCU

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Shaka Smart and VCU agreed in principle to a deal to keep the men's coach at the school.

Athletic director Ed McLaughlin said the details are still being finalized, but the majority of changes involve "program enhancements for the student-athletes and coaches." McLaughlin said it also extends a contract already scheduled to run through 2020.

Smart's record is 111-37 in four years, the sixth-most wins in the country over that stretch.

Since guiding VCU to the Final Four in 2011, Smart's name has been among the first mentioned whenever a high profile job comes open. Smart's decision to stay after the Final Four run earned him a hefty raise in a contract also laden with incentives, and he earned about $1.5 million this season, including incentives.

With openings at places such as UCLA, Southern California and Minnesota, McLaughlin says VCU wanted to give him a new deal to be proactive in the face of certain interest from elsewhere.


Women's coach Geno Auriemma, 59, signed a new five-year, $10.86 million contract designed to keep him at the school through the 2017-18 season. Auriemma, a Hall of Famer who has coached at Connecticut for the past 28 seasons, will make $1.95 million in salary, speaking fees and media fees in the next year. That will gradually increase to $2.4 million in the final year of the contract. He also can earn bonuses for winning conference championships, advancing in the NCAA tournament and winning another national title.


Men's coach Josh Pastner agreed to terms on a contract extension. The length of the extension and financial terms weren't disclosed. School officials said it could be several weeks before the details are complete and the agreement approved by all parties. Pastner owns a 106-34 record and has led Memphis to three NCAA tournaments in four seasons. The new contract comes after the Tigers finished the season with a 31-5 record and earned their first NCAA tournament victory in Pastner's four-year tenure. The success caused Pastner's name being linked to openings, including Southern California.


Longtime Duke assistant Chris Collins was hired as men's coach, with the hope he can finally lead the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament. Collins, the son of Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins, is a logical fit given his ties to the area, the academic similarities to Duke and his basketball pedigree. Duke said it will promote special assistant Nate James to assistant coach to replace Collins.

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A person familiar with the situation said junior point guard Lorenzo Brown will enter the NBA draft. A second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick by both the media and the coaches, the 6-foot-5 Brown averaged 12.4 points and a league-best 7.2 assists per game.


Forward Amath M'Baye said he is giving up his senior season and will enter the NBA draft. M'Baye, 23, who is from Bordeaux, France, is set to graduate in May and wants to take care of his family. He averaged 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game this season.

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