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    Rumor: Shaka to Minnesota

    Been listening to KFAN the last couple of days and yesterday they had a guy on with connections to some East coast coaches and he guaranteed Shaka would be the next Minn coach and that the deal was in place before the NCAA tourney started and that they'd wait until later this week to announce it so it looked like there wasn't already a deal in place.

    Today they said some guy in AZ who has college BB connections is saying (they weren't sure if he was "reporting") via Twitter that Shaka is currently in MN and that the deal is done...$3.3M for 7 years with $21M guaranteed.

    Have to say, if this is true it really surprises me...didn't think there was a chance he'd go to Minny...

    But I think as far as MN recruits coming to ISU go, I'd rather have Shaka there than Flip Saunders...Flip and Fred would have basically the same offense and NBA pedigree which would make it tough to pull recruits from there.



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    Re: Rumor: Shaka to Minnesota

    I doubt it was set before the tourney. What if they pulled a rabbit out their hat and got to say the final 8 or four? I think it would be hard to fire a coach after that.



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    Re: Rumor: Shaka to Minnesota

    Unless he really, really loves it at VCU, turning down $21 mil would be awfully tough (if any of this is true).

    But hasn't Smart and VCU agreed in principle to a raise and contract extension?



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    Re: Rumor: Shaka to Minnesota

    There's got to be a pretty hefty buy out too, Minny got that much cash laying around?



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    Re: Rumor: Shaka to Minnesota

    Quote Originally Posted by 2020cy View Post
    There's got to be a pretty hefty buy out too, Minny got that much cash laying around?
    Donors be donating!!



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    Re: Rumor: Shaka to Minnesota

    Good hire by MN.



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    Re: Rumor: Shaka to Minnesota

    Quote Originally Posted by 2020cy View Post
    There's got to be a pretty hefty buy out too, Minny got that much cash laying around?
    B1G TV money.



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    Re: Rumor: Shaka to Minnesota

    Wow, $3.3 million/year. That is a ton of cash if true. I'm pretty sure that is more than double Fred's salary. While I think Shaka could hold out for an even better job than Minnesota (even UCLA for that matter), that is a lot of cash to turn down.



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    Re: Rumor: Shaka to Minnesota

    I believe I've heard it discussed as well that VCU's conference is going to be significantly weaker next year due to schools leaving for other conferences. It's time for him to move on...



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    Re: Rumor: Shaka to Minnesota

    not good news in regards to Reid and Vaughn. Though honestly, I counted them out a while ago.



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    Re: Rumor: Shaka to Minnesota

    I'll believe it when I see it.



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    Re: Rumor: Shaka to Minnesota

    I don't know what it is about Shaka but every time I look at him I get the impression that he's in over his head. Something about him says "I don't know what I'm doing but it's working!"

    A move to the BIG will quickly expose whether he's the real McCoy or a pretender I suppose.


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    Re: Rumor: Shaka to Minnesota

    Quote Originally Posted by Incyte View Post
    I don't know what it is about Shaka but every time I look at him I get the impression that he's in over his head. Something about him says "I don't know what I'm doing but it's working!"

    A move to the BIG will quickly expose whether he's the real McCoy or a pretender I suppose.
    I get the same impression. I believe in six years he'll be the former head coach of Minnesota.

    Time and time again you see these young coaches jump at the big money and step into an impossible situation. I think that's what's happening here.



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    Re: Rumor: Shaka to Minnesota

    Quote Originally Posted by erikbj View Post
    B1G TV money.
    MN is still paying off Tim Brewster, their new football stadium, trying to fund a practice facility, and is now paying off Tubby Smith as well. Sure they're in the B1G, but because of all this, I don't gather they're siting around wondering what to do with all their money.



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    Re: Rumor: Shaka to Minnesota

    From what they were saying, the VCU contract extension talk could've just been agent-talk to get a better deal, the buyout for Shaka is relatively small...I think it was $300K (maybe $500K)...but they also have to pay Tubby $2.5M next year...

    Apparently the AD said that Tubby's firing wasn't due to any one game...sounds like it was based on their conference performances...which is why they were saying the deal was done before the NCAAs.

    Of course all rumor...like go cubs said, believe it when I see it...



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