Another version of Havoc coming soon to Texas?

Updated: April 9, 2015
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It’s a style, a mindset and a brand. Shaka Smart‘s “Havoc” defense helped put VCU on the map during his six-year tenure at the school. Now he plans to have the word trademarked at his new home of Texas, according to Tim Pearrell of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The Texas board of regents filed two trademark applications — “Horns Havoc” and “House of Havoc” — with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, according to Pearrell.

VCU new head coach Will Wade, who spent four seasons as an assistant under Smart, said during his introductory press conference that “VCU basketball is Havoc. And just so ya’ll know, Havoc still lives here.”

The word “Havoc” has been trademarked by VCU under the State Corporation Commission of Virginia. But Smart is the originator of the word itself, as it applied to the aggressive, pressure style of defense he adopted while coaching the Rams.

Wade implemented a similar scheme when he became the head coach at Chattanooga in 2013, but instead of calling it “Havoc,” he referred to it as “Chaos.”

Even if Texas is able to trademark the word, it won’t affect VCU’s rights to the term, according to Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

So there could be a chance that we’ll have two schools with a “Havoc” motto next season.


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