The Fighting Illini reportedly have made VCU's Shaka Smart one of their coaching targets, but according to CBS' Jon Rothstein, Smart is expected to stay at VCU "unless something drastic changes in the next 24 hours."
Sources confirm that unless something drastic changes in the next 24 hours, Shaka Smart will stay at VCU.....— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 20, 2012
That's not a definite "no," and given the nature of coaching searches, things can change in a hurry. But for now it appears that the Illini will have to move down their list of potential coaching candidates. Smart also spurned a number of high-major offers last offseason.
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