I wouldnt hold out hopes for Shaka. That isnt happening.Many point to the fact that he turned down Illinois and NC State as reasons why he'd have no interest in VT, but I don't think you can use that logic for one reason...expectations.
Illinois and NC State have a solid tradition, but they aren't what I'd consider "elite" programs. They aren't UNC, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, and so forth. Like Greenberg, Bruce Weber was at Illinois for nine years and took them to the NCAA Tournament six times and had one regular season Big 10 title. NC State has been canning one coach after another because they feel they should be at UNC or Duke's level...they aren't.
So, Shaka Smart could go to Illinois and have a good run as their head coach, but it's been shown that over a nine year stint that you'll get canned for the solid numbers that Weber produced there. Same with NC State. If you don't compete with UNC and Duke, you're going to get canned.
Now for VT - We'd give Greenberg a lifetime contract if he produced the numbers that Weber did at Illinois. If you simply prove that you can take VT to the NCAA Tournament on a somewhat consistent basis, you'll likely be labeled an "elite" coach. We don't have those expectations like they do at Illinois or NC State.
So, while I think the odds of us getting Smart are less than 40% or so, I don't think it's the slam dunk that some seem to think.
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Wed Apr 25 2012, 11:17 AM #2