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Shaka Smart has March, not Maryland, on his mind

Virginia Commonwealth’s Shaka Smart, a certifiably hot coaching commodity since VCU’s trip to the Final Four, was asked about the vacant Maryland job (“Hey, kids, just coach yourselves!”) when he threw out the first pitch before the Cubs played at Wrigley Field.

It’s no surprise to hear him say that he likes what’s he doing at VCU — he did sign a new contract with the school after the team’s Final Four loss -- and sees a bright future. He wasn’t having anything to do with that perfectly nice Maryland job that’s just sitting there.

“You take it with a grain of salt,” Smart said of being the It guy. “It just leads you to have even bigger apprecation of what we did as a team.”

Smart did pretty well with the first-pitch thing. At least he didn’t tuck in his shirt like a certain former Post colleague and noted former South Sider we could mention but won’t because that would be wrong. (Instead, we’ll provide the link, with Wilbon’s self-critique. Oops. I said his name.)

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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