Wade hired by VCU to re­place Smart

Los Angeles Times - - NBA -

Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth hired for­mer Rams as­sis­tant Will Wade to suc­ceed Shaka Smart as its bas­ket­ball coach.

The 32-year-old Wade was the first as­sis­tant Smart hired six years ago. He spent the last two sea­sons as the head coach at Chat­tanooga, where he went 40-25.

VCU Ath­letic Direc­tor Ed McLaugh­lin said last week, af­ter Smart left for Texas, that he wanted a coach who would con­tinue the fast-paced, pres­sur­ing style the Rams used with great suc­cess un­der Smart. He got that in Wade, who over­saw the press when he was with the Rams.

For­mer NBA player and coach Avery John­son will be in­tro­duced Wed­nes­day as the new coach at Alabama, ful­fill­ing what he called “a life­long dream” to work in col­lege bas­ket­ball.

A per­son with knowl­edge of the ne­go­ti­a­tions said John­son was re­ceiv­ing a six-year con­tract worth about $2.8 mil­lion an­nu­ally plus in­cen­tives.

Min­nesota sopho­more cen­ter Amanda Zahui B. , an All-Amer­i­can and the Big Ten player of the year, de­clared for the WNBA draft.

Pa­tri­ots run­ning back LeGar­rette Blount was suspended for the first game next sea­son for vi­o­lat­ing the NFL’s sub­stance-abuse pol­icy. The league an­nounced the sus­pen­sion with­out pay with­out say­ing when the vi­o­la­tion oc­curred.

Blount was ar­rested last Au­gust on sus­pi­cion of pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana while with Pitts­burgh.

Steel­ers run­ning back L e’Veon Bell was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion and DUI in the same traf­fic stop.

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