The entire world of the Marquette basketball program was turned upside down last week when head coach Buzz Williams abruptly left to take over as the head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies in the ACC. Not long after that, though, there were reports that his replacement could be none other than VCU’s Shaka Smart, making the sting go away a little bit.
Well, that sting will now come back as ESPNs’ Jeff Goodman is reporting that Smart has called the Marquette folks and has respectfully declined their offer to lead their program.
Smart called the Golden Eagles on Thursday and turned down the job after the school offered him a lucrative contract shortly after Buzz Williams left for Virginia Tech last week, sources told ESPN.com.
You can just add this to the list of potential “better” jobs than VCU that has been thrown his way, as he spurned the UCLA Bruins last year after they fired Ben Howland and before they hired Steve Alford.
Now, Marquette is in a very bad position as it seemed they had their hearts set on bringing Smart in by offering him a lucrative deal, although it’s not specifically known how lucrative the deal actually was.