GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - One of the coaches believed to be on the short list for the head basketball coach opening at the University of Minnesota is reportedly not an option.
Shaka Smart and VCU have agreed in principle to a deal to keep the coach at the school.
Athletic director Ed McLaughlin says the details are still being finalized, but the majority of changes involve "program enhancements for the student-athletes and coaches."
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.
With openings at places such as UCLA, Southern Cal and Minnesota, McLaughlin says VCU wanted to give him a new deal to be proactive in the face of certain interest from elsewhere.
Smart's name has been thrown about for the Gopher's job primarily because of Smart's connection to U of M Athletic Director Norwood Teague, formerly of VCU. Teague hired Smart to coach the Rams in 2009.
Smart's record is 111-37 in four years, the sixth-most wins in the country over that stretch.
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