Anthony Grant is in a real-life game of Deal or No Deal .
Does he take Alabama (Deal! )?
Or stall and/or pass in hopes that something better presents itself, specifically Florida (No Deal! )?
That's the dilemma facing the VCU coach, who is on the Alabama campus today with his wife, meeting school officials for at least the second time in four days. Naturally, Alabama would like to move quickly, have an answer as soon as Thursday. But there'd be nothing worse for Grant to do than take the Alabama job only to watch Kentucky fire Billy Gillispie after this season (which multiple sources believe is more likely than not). Why would this be bad for Grant? Because if Kentucky were to fire Gillispie, it appears Mitch Barnhart would make another run at Florida coach Billy Donovan, and if Donovan jumped this time -- which is more possible than you probably think, for a variety of reasons -- then Florida would suddenly be open, and Grant would almost certainly be Jeremy Foley's choice to replace Donovan considering he was set to replace Donovan two years ago when Donovan eft for the Orlando Magic, if only for a couple of days.
So that's the situation.
Can Grant hold-off Alabama long enough to see what happens at Kentucky?
If so, that's what I expect him to do.
If not, then he'll have to choose between Alabama and the possibility of Florida (or something else altogether) opening.
It's a tough call, no doubt.
But either way, Anthony Grant will soon be a very wealthy man.