George Mason beats Quinnipiac at Paradise Jam


George Mason beats Quinnipiac at Paradise Jam

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- Sherrod Wright scored 14 points and Anali Okoloji added 12 to help George Mason to a 74-58 victory over Quinnipiac at the Paradise Jam.

Erik Copes and Vertrail Vaughns each added nine points apiece for George Mason (3-2), which had lost to New Mexico the night before on a last-second shot.

Dave Johnson scored 12 points and Zaid Hearst 11 for Quinnipiac (2-3). The Bobcats nearly upset in-state rival Connecticut the night before but lost in double overtime.

VCU reportedly wastes little time finding Mike Rhoades, Will Wade's replacement

VCU reportedly wastes little time finding Mike Rhoades, Will Wade's replacement

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

Less than 24 hours after VCU saw yet another head coach in Will Wade, take off to a Power 5 school, the athletic department has already found a replacement, according to a report. 

Wasting no time, or allowing any speculation to build, the Rams have hired Mike Rhoades, the head coach of Rice, as Will Wade's replacement.

Rhoades will be the 12th coach of the men's basketball program in VCU history. 

The announcement was first reported by CBS's Gary Parrish:


Rhoades is a former VCU assistant and associate head coach for five seasons. During his time with the Rams he helped the Shaka Smart led team to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Final Four run in 2011.

After Smart's departure to Texas, many considered Rhoades to be on the short list of coaches that VCU would contact. His familiarity with the program and the culture was exactly what VCU was looking for in order to have continued success at the school. The athletic department went on to hire a former assistant, but instead hired Wade. 

In 2014, he took on the head coaching position at Rice where he has been for the past three years. His overall record with the Owls is 47-52 with this past year being the only one to finish above .500. Receiving a bid to the CBI Tournament, it was the Owls first postseason appearance since 2012. 

If Rhoades does not work out for the Rams, there is only one more assistant remaining from the Final Four team that has yet to take over the program. Mike Jones is currently the head coach of Radford and has been there ever since that season. 

Wade's departure was yet another in a long line of talented, up-and-coming coaches using VCU as a springboard to a high-major position.

Jeff Capel began the trend in 2006, when he left for Oklahoma after returning the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 for the first time since 1996. His replacement, Anthony Grant, led the Rams to two NCAA Tournaments before leaving to take the head coaching job at Alabama. Grant's replacem,ent, Shaka Smart, led the Rams to five straight NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the Final Four in 2011. 

Wade led the Rams to two NCAA Tournaments in his two seasons and is now headed to LSU to attempt to revitalize the program.

VCU players react to former head coach Will Wade leaving for LSU

VCU players react to former head coach Will Wade leaving for LSU

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

The coaching carousel in college basketball has already begun without even a national champion being named. Last night, VCU was one of the latest teams to fall victim to the frenzy.

Days after the Rams's season had ended with a 85-77 loss to Saint Mary's in the NCAA tournament, LSU named VCU's head coach, Will Wade to the same position for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

In what is becoming an awful trend in the college sports landscape, the current VCU players were not notified until after LSU had announced the addition of Wade. In fact some found out via Twitter and many of them were not pleased.

At 34-years-old, Wade is one of the youngest head coaches in college basketball and had spent a majority of his time with the VCU program. In his two seasons as head coach, the team went 51-20 (18-8 in Atlantic 10 play) making the Atlantic 10 championship game in both seasons as well as the NCAA Tournament. Years prior, he was an assistant with the Rams for four seasons, including the team's improbable First Four to Final Four run in 2011.

After a brief stint as the head coach of Chattanooga, Wade was called up to lead the Rams following Shaka Smart's departure to Texas in 2015. Last season he signed an eight-year contract with the Rams, which included a $1 million dollar buyout and also required the team to play a home-and-home series with whichever program he left for according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Per a release, the athletic program will immediately begin a national search for their next head coach.

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Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article listed a tweet from JeQuan Lewis. That tweet was not in reference to Will Wade and happened before the announcement of his move. Since then that tweet had been removed from the piece.