Shaka Smart offered job in Illinois

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Shaka Smart has been offered a new job.

The University of Illinois is reportedly offering a lot of money for him to be their next head basketball coach.

He may make his decision as early as Wednesday, says a report in the Chicago Tribune.

Sources from the paper say that Smart has been offered the job, and that he's currently weighing the offer.

Smart spent the day Tuesday recruiting for VCU in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The paper is reporting that Smart has been guaranteed facility renovations, a long term contract, and a salary comparable to some of the top coaches in the Big 10. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo makes more than $3 million a year.

Smart signed a new eight-year contract last year at VCU, that pays him over $1.2 million a year.

The report goes on to say that the school is targeting African-American candidates for the position, and that if Smart does not take it, former VCU and current Alabama head coach Anthony Grant would be a candidate.

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