The open bar is enticing, but everybody knows that Senior Soiree is such an *event* because of one important announcement. One important announcement built on four years of anticipation, that reveals the last taste that will be left in the collective mouth of the graduating class. Indeed, the commencement speaker for 2017 was announced last evening. The Senior class sighed one collective sigh of relief because the anticipation is over. It is my pleasure to announce once more that Shaka Smart will be visiting our fine campus, addressing our fine Seniors on one fine, fated day in May. A member of Kenyon’s class of ’99, Shaka Smart is now the head coach of the men’s basketball team at the University of Texas. Of course you already knew that, but here are some fun facts about Shaka Smart that you might not have known. Continue reading
It was tentatively announced today that Shaka Smart ’99 will be leaving Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to join the coaching staff at the University of Texas. Going from a ram to a longhorn, Smart will reportedly earn just shy of $3 million a season, plus bonus; however, his contract with VCU requires him to pay a $500,000 fine to VCU and Texas must play in a home-and-home series. At VCU Smart made $1.8 million a season. Continue reading
Like most normal people, I generally ignore the ads that invade my viewing space on websites, especially sports websites. But there’s one ad that’s worth the time and deserves more than a fly’s worth of attention span. On espn.com, beneath the headlines, is a small purple box labeled “Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge.” And, WHAT, Shaka Smart ’99, Virginia Commonwealth University’s head coach, appears to be winning this challenge? Well, let’s check it out!
This may be a touch late, but it’s never a bad time to honor a Kenyon grad. While the VCU Rams made an early and rather unfortunate exit from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Saturday night, Shaka Smart ’99 has been saluted by Virginia-based The Right On Band. The song is a remix of last year’s “Shaka’s Got ‘Em Believin'” updated for the 2012 season. The Richmond Times-Dispatch picked up the track on Saturday. While Indiana downed VCU’s title chances for 2012, the smoothness of Blue Swede lives on.
It’s safe to say that it’s been a long and prosperous journey over the past two years for the Virginia Commonwealth University men’s basketball team and its head coach, Shaka Smart ’99.