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Shaka Smart staying at VCU

Updated: March 28, 2013, 1:33 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Shaka Smart is staying at VCU, spurning overtures from UCLA and Minnesota as the top target to coach those programs.

Smart told ESPN.com of his decision in a text message Wednesday. VCU later issued a statement announcing that changes in Smart's contract are being finalized.

"We're extremely thankful for the tremendous belief shown in us by Dr. Rao, Ed McLaughlin and VCU," Smart said in a statement Thursday. "We're also incredibly appreciative of the phenomenal fans that support ...

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