Rothstein | VCU and LSU to begin home-and-home series

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VCU and LSU will begin a home-and-home series as part of Will Wade’s buyout, multiple sources told FanRag Sports.

It is still to be determined when the series will begin.

As part of the agreement to be VCU’s head basketball coach, it contractually states that if you leave to take a high-major job you must return as part of a home-and-home series with your existing team.

This is why the Rams hosted Shaka Smart and Texas on Tuesday night and why Anthony Grant and Jeff Capel returned to Richmond with both Alabama and Oklahoma, respectively. Grant and Capel preceded Smart as Rams head coach.

Wade left VCU last spring to take his current position in Baton Rouge.

The Rams this season have gotten off to a 5-4 start, losing Tuesday’s game to the Longhorns, 71-67. VCU will play its next game on Saturday against Seton Hall as visitors.

The Tigers currently sit at 4-2, having their three-game winning streak halted by a pair of double-digit losses to Notre Dame and Marquette. LSU got back on track on Nov. 29 with a win over UT-Martin. The SEC squad is back in action on Sunday to play UNC-Wilmington.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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