I woke up this morning to a tweet from a scout from Arizona with Minnesota ties that said Shaka Smart had a seven year 21 million dollar deal on the table and that the guy the Gophers reportedly covet was in Minnesota.
I think I had goose bumps the entire 20 minute ride into work. The rest of the day was sifting through the thousands of tweets and message board posts watching for fan reaction.
Disappointment wasn't in my vocabulary today.
Early Morning Central Time:
Shortly after the tweet began to pick up momentum, a picture of coach Smart eating breakfast at VCU surfaced. The picture was apparently taken by a student this morning but then again, who knows. I knew he was a good coach, but being in two places at once takes on something of biblical proportions.
On the VCU side of things, Ray Daudani posted this story under the headline:
Gopher fans began to do their best recruiting job posting pictures that may or may not have included a Photoshop touch up. We'll let you decide.
Although cool and well played, the IDS Tower did not look like this at any time today
As fired up as the legend Sid Hartman was at the Tubby dismissal press conference, he quickly made up with his new(est) close personal friend.
Meanwhile, our friends over at gopherhole.com are in a tizzy over Shakamania and according to a poster named richmondinsider gave the following update.
2:00 PM update
Shaka and VCU are at a total stand still. They're having a hard time meeting his demands. My snitches in the VCU office informed me they asked Shaka today to issue a statement that he's staying at VCU and he WILL NOT do that until the ink dries on the contract. Clearly he and VCU could still come to terms today I'm not saying they can't but it simply doesn't look likely at this point.
Shaka is overwhelmed by the amount of tweets him and his wife are getting begging him to stay. As he walks around town people are yelling at him please stay Shaka.
Shaka did spend sometime this morning trying to find out who the mole is to no success. He's very concerned regarding this thread.
Shaka knows Norwood is the kind of guy who does whatever it takes to get his man. Norwood has no problem showing up to Shakas front door unannounced to work out a deal if needed. That said the two are expected to meet later tonight.
UCLA has put the full court press on and has had both Reggie Miller and Dan Gadzuric call him to tell him that UCLA is the only place for him to become a legend.
Minnesota feels they have a backing from Target at this point to build better facilities. It is a MUST to land Shaka.
It is thought that if a deal isn't reached by tonight it would be held off until next week if he leaves VCU as the NCAA Frowns upon announcing coaching hires during the games of the tourney. Shaka has a prior commitment Monday night to go watch Monday Night Raw in Washington DC. He is a very big fan so I somewhat doubt he puts that on hold to have a PC on Monday.
No question richmondinsider is plugged in and has his finger on the pulse. Now that I k now he is a big WWE/F guy, I love Smart even more and look forward to conversations not about Havoc, but about Koko B. Ware, The Honkey Tonk Man and Hacksaw Jim Duggan.
I know just as much at 3PM as I did when the first tweet from Arizona sent twitter into a Smart crazed frenzy eight hours ago. Maybe I'll know more tomorrow. until then, I am calling it a day and going home. All this Smart talk has me worn out.