#CAAHoops electrician Mr. Litos shows us Shaka Smart’s wiring:
“To Smart, the salary of his position is like the dessert tray. There’s all kinds of goodness on that thing. You cannot wait to get hold of it. But if the steak is cooked improperly or the wine suffers from cork taint, the money cheesecake is hollow calories.
Which is why anyone who begins their argument with “Smart can’t turn down the money” is immediately disqualified in my mind.”
“Weber coached at SIU from 1998 to 2003, where he reached two NCAA tournaments and went 103-56. It was Weber’s first head coaching position after spending 18 seasons as a Purdue assistant coach.
Southern Illinois’ position opened March 2 when Chris Lowery was fired after eight seasons. The Salukis went to the Sweet 16 under Lowery in 2007, but he failed to reach the NCAA tournament again. Lowery was a former assistant to Weber at Illinois.
If Weber doesn’t accept the job, Southern Illinois’ other top candidates all have head coaching experience, according to a source.
SIU is high on Vanderbilt assistant Dan Muller and Kansas assistant and former Missouri State coach Barry Hinson. Marquette assistant Tony Benford and Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti also interviewed.”
“Shaka Smart, a sophomore or junior at the time, was putting himself through what might be the first 1-on-0 hustle drill in basketball history.
“He was rolling the ball onto the court, diving after it, knocking it to himself,” Bavery said Friday. “Then he’d grab it and finish (with a layup).”
These stories about Shaka Smart go on for days. And one of two things occurred to make it so: Either all of his friends and coaching buddies and basketball mentors got together and schemed, “Let’s all say the same things about Shaka,” or the stories are true.”