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  1. College basketball's preseason crunch ends as real season push be...

    Dana O'Neil

    Havoc is not created in a day, at least not the sort that Shaka Smart would like to wreak. VCU's brand of mayhem takes time to build and time is not something basketball coaches always had. But now, thanks to a few NCAA rule tweaks and a reconstit...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  2. What would it take: Shaka Smart

    Dana O'Neil

    Editor's note: Some coaches' names always seem to come up for other jobs. But what would it take for them to actually leave? This week, we'll look at the names most often mentioned. Today, we look at VCU's Shaka Smart. Aside from Butler fans, mayb...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  3. VCU stands as the team to beat in the Atlantic 10

    Dana O'Neil

    VCU is no longer the cool outsider making waves in college basketball. The Rams now stand as the class of the Atlantic 10 and face the challenges that come with being established.

    Story | Conversation | September 30, 2013
  4. Dana O'Neil's first bracket impressions

    Dana O'Neil

    It's so easy to bash the bracket and, by extension, the NCAA tournament selection committee. But this is also a subjective process, where beauty is in the eye of the computers and still, the beholder. The country will never see eye-to-eye with the...

    Blog | March 17, 2013
  5. VCU makes the tournament the easy way

    Dana O'Neil

    There will be no hand-wringing or worrying, no public outcry or gnashing of teeth. Virginia Commonwealth is back in the NCAA tournament, and no one can argue the Rams don't belong. A year after its epic run to the Final Four began amid controve...

    Blog | March 05, 2012
  6. Coach's Corner: VCU's Shaka Smart

    Dana O'Neil

    Six years ago, George Mason did the impossible, upsetting its way to the Final Four. In 2010 Butler made impossible happen again, getting within one half-court heave of a national title. By the time last year's title game ended, we were all believ...

    Blog | February 14, 2012
  7. For mid-majors, 3-pointer no minor feature

    Dana O'Neil

    He made a career out of tilting at windmills and slaying dragons, the ultimate underdog in a game in which bigger and stronger is supposed to equate to better. He was craftier, that's always been the argument. Pete Carril was able to conjure up an...

    Blog | November 03, 2011
  8. CAA: Five Things I Can't Wait To See

    Dana O'Neil

    Here are five storylines I look forward to following in the CAA this season: VCU Part Deux The bar has been set pretty high for Shaka Smart's encore season. After all, Brad Stevens went to back-to-back finals in NCAA tournament darling runs. O...

    Blog | October 26, 2011
  9. VCU looks to win from beyond the arc

    Dana O'Neil

    HOUSTON -- There were dunks, a few of them anyway, but when VCU took the court for its open practice here on the eve of the Final Four, the Rams deviated from the typical crowd-pleasing, throw-down script. They spent most of their time pa...

    Blog | April 01, 2011
  10. NCAA tournament: Villa 7 opened door for Shaka Smart to arrive at...

    Dana O'Neil

    Villa 7, a consortium designed to put promising assistant coaches in contact with athletic directors, paved the way for Shaka Smart to get hired at VCU. The rest is history.

    Story | Conversation | March 31, 2011
  11. Dana O'Neil: Another Smart move for VCU?

    Dana O'Neil

    VCU hires one of the youngest coaches in the country. VCU continues on as a mid-major force. It's a pattern that 32-year-old Shaka Smart hopes to continue in Richmond.

    Story | Conversation | July 01, 2009