Meet Maya Payne Smart, the wife of the Exciting New Kid on the Block in college basketball - Coach Shaka Smart of Virginia Commonwealth University. Maya is quite accomplished in her own right, and she's going to become a mother this year.
On Saturday, the VCU Rams will play Butler in the Final Four. The underdogs, with the 33-year-old head coach, vs. the Bulldogs, with the 34-year-old head coach.
I like that Brad Stevens, the Butler coach, is a one-of-a-kind risk taker. He quit his job in corporate America, in 2000, to become a volunteer (yes, you read that correctly) for the Bulldogs' hoops programs. He was planning to work at an Applebee's to supplement his income.
Eleven years later, Butler's administration 'is doing everything they can' to keep Coach Stevens.
As well they should.
Cheesy Update: Matt Howard by Rick Reilly. I LOVE how this man writes, and I LOVE how Matt plays.