Tag:Virginia Commonwealth
Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:22 am

Coaching clinic in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- I'm spending the next couple of days -- i.e., Monday and Tuesday -- here on the Florida campus, and not because I'm starting graduate school. Rather, I'm speaking at an annual coaching clinic organized by Florida associate head coach Larry Shyatt. It should be both fun and educational. I'm glad I'm involved.

Here's the rundown of Monday speakers:

9:15: Brad Stevens
10:30: Del Harris
12:00: Me
1:45: Jeremy Foley
2:30: Jamie Dixon, Shaka Smart, Matthew Driscoll
4:00: Buzz Williams
5:15: Rick Turk
6:30: LuAnn Humphrey
7:45: Billy Donovan

Coaches scheduled to speak Tuesday include Matt Painter, Sean Miller, Travis Ford, Scott Duncan, Mike Hopkins, Brendan Suhr, and Kevin Eastman. I'll try my best to Tweet anything interesting. So make sure you're following me at this link.
Posted on: March 27, 2009 7:21 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2009 7:28 pm

Grant accepts Alabama job

Anthony Grant has accepted an offer to be Alabama's next basketball coach, a source close to Grant on Friday told CBSSports.com.

An official announcement is expected soon.

Grant's deal is expected to be around $2 million per season.

He is leaving VCU after three seasons, two of which resulted in NCAA tournament appearances.

Posted on: March 25, 2009 2:48 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2009 3:37 pm

Grant has a tough choice/gamble in front of him

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.

Posted on: March 24, 2009 4:45 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2009 4:53 pm

Grant meets with Alabama officials

VCU coach Anthony Grant has met with Alabama officials.

The Birmingham News reported the meeting Tuesday afternoon, that Grant met with Alabama athletic director Mal Moore at an undisclosed location. Still, it remains unclear whether Grant was offered the job or if he is even at the top of Alabama's list, because the other logical candidate -- Missouri's Mike Anderson -- is still coaching and thus technically off limits, at least in a formal capicity.

Sources have told CBSSports.com that Anderson might still be option, although there is a growing sentiment that if Grant is willing to jump, Alabama would be wise to go ahead and move that direction. Grant just completed his third season at VCU. He's made two NCAA tournaments, beating Duke in 2007 and losing to UCLA in 2009.

Posted on: March 23, 2009 8:59 pm

Alabama gets permission to speak with VCU's Grant

Anthony Grant might finally be on the move.

The VCU coach who was on the verge of replacing Billy Donovan at Florida two years ago has been granted permission to speak with Alabama about its opening, the Ricmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday. A source told CBSSports.com that Grant is expected to meet with Alabama soon, which could serve as a precursor to his exit from VCU after three seasons and two NCAA tournament appearances.

Alabama is searching for a replacement for Mark Gottfried.

He was forced to resign in January.

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