Earlier today I reported that Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden had reached out to VCU Athletic Director Norwood Teague to request permission to speak to Shaka Smart about Mizzou’s basketball coach opening.
(Smart: Show-Me That Wolfpack Jack)
Sunday afternoon a source close to the VCU basketball program confirmed to me that Alden left a voicemail with Teague today.
Teague nor Smart has responded to Alden.
I have since confirmed through the same VCU source and a major college athletic director that North Carolina State is in hot pursuit of Smart, with the Wolfpack prepared to offer a more generous financial package that what Missouri was likely to propose to the VCU coach.
When I broke the news of Sidney Lowe’s firing on March 14, I noted that NCSU Athletic Director Debbie Yow was set to offer as much as $3 million per season for the Wolfpack hoops coaching position. Smart isn’t likely to command nearly that figure from Yow, though an offer from N.C. State will almost certainly be significantly higher than what Alden has been pondering for Mizzou’s next hoops coach. (For most candidates, well under $2 million per season.)
With Smart’s lack of response, Alden is retrenching. Multiple sources confirmed today that Chris Mooney of Richmond is no longer under consideration for the job. I’ve been told of a coach who Alden is planning to pursue but have not received adequate confirmation as of yet.