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Report: Shaka Smart rejects Illinois

Updated: March 22, 2012, 10:02 AM ET
ESPNChicago.com

VCU coach Shaka Smart turned down Illinois' offer to become its men's basketball coach, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Smart, 34, had been Illinois' top choice to replace Bruce Weber, who was fired March 9.

The Sun-Times cited multiple anonymous sources saying Smart informed Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas of his decision.

VCU announced later Wednesday that Smart will stay at the school next season. Smart said in the school's news release he is not pursuing any coaching ...

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