This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

  Follow Rayno on Twitter @AmeliaRayno

Report: Shaka Smart staying at VCU? Not what Gophers fans want to hear

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers coaches Updated: March 26, 2013 - 3:00 PM

Everyone knows that the first name at the top of Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague and Co.'s list is Shaka Smart. The current VCU head coach is one of the hottest names in college basketball and could be a bonafide program savior for the Gophers. He was also hired by Teague when he was VCU's AD.

Whether any aspect of that fairy tale is realistic or not (holding comments) is another strory, and one we might not have much time to wax poetic on.

What? Why? you ask. Why can't we dream?

Well because Smart -- who is also being heavily wooed by UCLA -- just might not be going anywhere.

Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel tweeted the following around 2:15 on Tuesday:

Extension with VCU? I don't think that's code for accpeting the Minnesota head coaching role. 

Stay tuned -- I will update with the details if they become available.


Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters