Saturday, March 30, 2013

Was UCLA Too Much For Shaka Smart?

I decided to wait a few days to see if he would have a change of heart, but it appears Shaka Smart will remain the head coach at VCU.  This comes as a surprise considering UCLA has expressed interest in interviewing him for their coaching vacancy.  Although the Bruins haven't won a national championship since 1995 it is still considered one of the premiere jobs in college basketball.  Shaka Smart turned down an opportunity to double his salary, further his career, and increase his exposure exponentially.  What gives?

Some have argued the UCLA job is too much pressure.  The alumni has unrealistic expectations and an unwillingness to be patient.  Some have argued the West coast not an environment Shaka Smart is familiar with.  In order to succeed he needs to be in a comfortable surrounding.  Some have argued he's just happy where he's at and loyal to the program that gave him his first big break. Whatever the case may be isn't it somewhat irresponsible not to listen to what UCLA had to say?  At least hear them out?

Sports fans have the bad habit of hypothesizing what they would do if they were given a certain set of circumstances and I'm no different.  I don't know Shaka Smart or how his mind works, but common sense says these kind of opportunities don't come up very often and when they do you should engage in the process.  I can't tell if he's being arrogant, naive, complacent, or over content where he's at.  Make no mistake about it if Shaka Smart doesn't continue to win games at VCU they will not show him the same allegiance he is showing them right now.  For this reason you have to seize the day and leverage your popularity when it's on the rise.  In the end I think he will regret not taking the UCLA job when he had the chance.  Your thoughts?


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