Marquette and Wake Forest have both reached out and expressed interest to VCU coach Shaka Smart, multiple sources told ESPN on Monday.

Marquette coach Buzz Williams left for Virginia Tech last week after a six-year run that included five NCAA tournament appearances. Smart, 36, is a Wisconsin native who grew up just outside of Madison.

The Golden Eagles were set to pay Williams in excess of $3 million this coming season and could offer Smart an extremely lucrative contract in excess of what Williams was earning. Marquette also has reached out to several other candidates, including ex-UCLA coach Ben Howland, according to sources.

One issue that could hinder Marquette's chances to land Smart is the fact that the Golden Eagles have both an interim president and athletic director.