According to WTVR sports reporter Lane Casadonte, VCU is expected to offer current Rice head coach Mike Rhoades the Rams coaching job.
Rhoades was at the top of candidates list from last week and seems the be the favorite among current Rams' players and the fanbase as a whole. VCU has also interviewed Chattanooga head coach and former assistant Will Wade, as well as current assistant Jeremy Ballard.
Rhoades just finished his first season at Rice going 12-20 with a rather depleted roster. He was an assistant for Shaka Smart for five seasons before that. Prior to his time on Broad Street, Rhoades was the head coach at Division III power Randolph-Macon just outside of Richmond. He lead the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA Tournament four times and compiled a 197-76 record in 10 seasons.
VCU is hoping to make an official announcement by Wednesday according to multiple sources.
UPDATE (about one minute after we posted this):
Then there is this...
Rice coach Mike Rhoades is out of the mix at VCU, source told ESPN. Rhoades is a former Shaka Smart assistant at VCU.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 6, 2015
Sources have confirmed to Mid-Major Madness that Mike Rhoades is no longer in the running for the VCU job.