The rumor mill is swirling as “Smart Watch 2015” is in full swing. With no definitive response on Shaka Smart’s coaching future from him or his camp, the end of his coaching career at VCU is becoming a more concrete possibility.
All good things eventually come to an end. For VCU, this season’s end will mark four years since its Cinderella run to the Final Four.
Four years is an eternity in the college basketball world. Entire recruiting classes who began their careers full of hope, potential and promise have moved on.
Since the magical run in 2011 that landed Virginia Commonwealth University in the Final Four, exposure for the program has reached all-time highs seemingly every year. The 2014-15 campaign will be no different. For the second consecutive year, every game the Rams are scheduled to play this season will be televised.
In recent years, Rowdy Ram memberships have become a hot commodity, due in part to the increasing popularity of VCU sports. These memberships are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis and as a result can be difficult to obtain. For the 2014-15 school year, the Rowdy Ram memberships have already sold out, although specific figures were not available by press time. Last year, the estimated 1500 membership tally sold out in just under one day. In the 2012-13 school year, the RR memberships sold out in less than 12 hours.
Lady Rams fans will not have to go far to watch the women’s basketball team compete in postseason play this season.
Three former VCU Rams made headlines this summer by signing contracts to continue their dreams of playing basketball professionally.