March 21, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Rice coach Mike Rhoades is returning to VCU to become the Rams' head coach.

The 44-year-old Rhoades spent five years as an assistant to Shaka Smart at VCU. He replaces Will Wade, who resigned Monday night to take the same position at LSU.

Rhoades told Fox 26 TV in Houston on Tuesday the VCU job is a ''dream come true.'' VCU has not officially announced the hire, but scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to introduce its new men's coach.

Rhoades had a 47-52 record in three seasons with the Owls. After taking over a team that went 7-23 in 2014, he led them to consecutive 12-20 seasons before this year's team finished 23-12 and played in the CBI Tournament.

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