Dollar for dollar i'd guess not, but it all depends how much he likes where he is now and maybe they can get him somewhere he'd find it 'acceptable' to stay. Its not like he's getting paid a small-time salary now anyways, he could stay at VCU and still be very wealthy. Even if the wheels fell completely off his program and they fired him next year, he'd still have a several million dollar check coming.
I think the problem at VCU is that you can win 26 games and not be a lock for the NCAA. And no good school is going to be willing to play you pre-season, so it is hard to get a higher strength of schedule. If the Colonial could become more like the MVC that would be one thing, but Shaka had a great season and he wasn't getting in to the NCAA without winning the tournament.
I really like Shaka Smart and think he is a good coach. I'd love for him to stay at VCU since that is a good story, but I like Illinois (mainly b/c Iowa hates them), so I wouldn't mind him going there.
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