Tag:Anthony Grant
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:25 pm
 

Alabama's Anthony Grant winning all around

By Jeff Goodman

Anthony Grant chose accountability over winning -- and possibly even the NCAA tournament. Maybe Alabama's head coach will be rewarded with both. 

The Crimson Tide got a huge road win at Arkansas last night, one that put 'Bama at 18-9 overall and 7-6 in the SEC with three winnable regular-season games left. 

"Our guys stepped up," Grant told me shortly after the victory. 

Grant earned plenty of praise for his decision to suspend arguably his top four players in recent weeks. He has since reinstated Trevor Releford and Andrew Steele -- who combined for 29 points in the win over the Razorbacks. However, Tony Mitchell's season and possibly his career at Alabama is history. Star big man JaMychal Green has practiced with the team the last few days, but Grant was non-committal whether he'll play this weekend in Tuscaloosa against Mississippi State. 

"We'll see what tomorrow brings," Grant said. 

Grant didn't want to compare the chemistry last night to what it was earlier in the season, but he praised the togetherness and the effort that took place in Fayetteville. 

"We were locked in," Grant said. "The chemistry was good." 

If Green does return to the court against Mississippi State -- as is anticipated -- this Crimson Tide team could still be dangerous if it gets a spot in the NCAA tournament. This is a team that has won five of its last seven games. But Grant, who brings a no-nonsense, old-school approach of holding kids accountable to the table, said he never worried about getting to the NCAA tourney when making the decision to suspend Green, Mitchell, Releford and Steele. 

"Never once did I give it a thought," he said. "I had confidence in the guys we put on the floor. ... This wasn't something that came out of the blue." 

While Grant declined to elaborate on the reasons for the suspensions, it was clear it had been brewing -- and he opted to do something about it. 

"I'm not a send a message type of guy," Grant said. "If you screw up, you should be held accountable. There are consequences. I wasn't the perfect student-athlete and kids make mistakes. They are kids, but we need to hold them accountable." 

As for Alabama's current NCAA tourney chances?

"We're just worried about Mississippi State," he said. "It is what it is. It's an invitation tournament and we've got Mississippi State next. I'm not worried about anything else." 

"We're growing as a team," he added. "I think we're improving." 

And while Grant's intention wasn't necessarily to send a message, that's exactly what he's done. 

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Alabama suspends Mitchell for rest of season

By Jeff Goodman

Alabama has suspended forward Tony Mitchell for rest of the season, sources told CBSSports.com, while senior big man JaMychal Green has been reinstated to practice.

Crimson Tide coach Anthony Grant suspended Mitchell a couple weeks ago for conduct detrimental to the team. 

Grant then suspended Green, along with starting point guard Trevor Releford and Andrew Steele, just prior to the loss against LSU on Feb. 11. 

Releford and Steele were reinstated and played in the last two games - a loss at home against Florida and a victory in Tuscaloosa over Tennessee. 

Green, Mitchell and Releford are the top three scorers on the team. Mitchell was averaging 13.1 points and seven rebounds. 

The Crimson Tide are 17-9 overall and 6-6 in SEC play heading into Thursday's game against Arkansas. 

Posted on: February 11, 2012 4:55 pm
 

Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

Grant carries a heavy hammer. (AP)
By Matt Norlander

Something pretty terrible must be happening inside the Alabama program. Days after starter Tony Mitchell was indefinitely suspended from the team, head coach Anthony Grant has now suspended JaMychal Green, Andrew Steele and Trevor Releford, the school announced Saturday afternoon. All three are starters.

What's more, the players were sent home from the team's road trip in Louisiana. Alabama plays against LSU at 7 p.m. ET Saturday night.

The news of the players suspended was first broken by Cecil Hurt of Tuscaloosa News, then confirmed soon thereafter by a school press release.

“We are extremely disappointed in the choices and decisions made by these young men that has led to this suspension,” Grant said in a release. “Talent is a gift, but character is a choice. The consequences of their choices have negatively impacted them as individuals and the people that love and support them. Our hope is that they will be mature enough to accept responsibility for their actions and place a higher value on their character.”

Grant's actions are perhaps unprecedented. Alabama is a 16-7 (5-4 SEC) team that's not assured of an NCAA tournament berth. It now goes without its four best players. Can you remember a college basketball coach in contention for the NCAAs that had to suspended this many starters? If it's something this drastic, the players involved had to know what was coming. Mitchell was the first signal, and now five days later it's this.

The Tide is a mess, and unless Grant's message is received and obeyed, Alabama could be chancing missing the NCAA tournament despite clearly having talent worthy of playing games that matter in March.
 
 
 
 
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