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First, Shaka Smart convinced a whole campus that “Havoc” was the IT brand in college hoops. Now, his influence is changing the way other VCU programs prepare for their seasons.

The Rams have made headlines the last three years by using SEAL Team PTĀ  to ready themselves for the rigors of one of college basketballs’ most intense systems. Really, it’s more about team building. These guys are already in outstanding shape, but when you’re running a high-risk, high-reward full-court pressing operation, you have to be able to trust the guys behind you.

It’s been so successful that this year, several other VCU teams will participate in SEAL Team PT, including the women’s basketball program under first-year Coach Beth O’Boyle.



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The men’s basketball team, as it did last year, is participating in Navy SEAL team training this week. From the looks of it, this stuff is no joke. I see a lot of guys in peak physical condition looking tired and damp. But playing 100 miles an hour for 40 minutes requires a different level of conditioning. Scott Day in our office has also been participating. He might be the only SID in the country crazy enough willing to do this kind of thing. I think it’s fair to say that he could not beat Darius Theus in a footrace, even if Darius had no feet. But Scotty’s been surviving, although he was mixing in a lot of four-letter words yesterday when discussing something called a “backwards uphill bear crawl.” Buck up, Scotty. I’ll be rooting for you this week…between snooze bars.

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