Posted on: November 20, 2009 10:23 pm

Breaking News: Big East finally takes a loss

Alabama wasn't good enough to beat Cornell of the Ivy League but was good enough to snap the Big East's 41-game winning streak to start this season. They topped Providence 84-75 late Friday. Thus, the Big East is now 41-1.

Not bad for a league that was supposed to be rebuilding.

Worth noting is that as many as four Big East schools -- Villanova, Connecticut, West Virginia and Syracuse -- could be in the top 10 of the Top 25 (and one) when it updates Sunday night. Louisville and Georgetown will also be ranked, assuming neither loses this weekend.
Category: NCAAB
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.

Posted on: March 12, 2009 6:03 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2009 6:06 pm

Haith is legitimate candidate at Alabama

And the next coach at Alabama will be ... Frank Haith?

It's possible, yes.

In fact, an industry source told CBSSports.com on Thursday that Haith is interested in the opening, and that he'd absolutely leave Miami if presented with a respectable offer. Furthermore, the source said former Alabama coach CM Newton -- who is assisting the school in its search for Mark Gottfried's permanent replacement -- has privately backed Haith's candidacy, meaning Haith is a realistic option if for no other reason than that Newton has tremendous influence at Alabama (and in the SEC, in general).

Miami lost to Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC tournament Thursday, ensuring the Hurricanes will miss the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years under Haith. Among the other serious candidates for the Alabama job is Missouri coach Mike Anderson, an Alabama native who has his Tigers ranked 14th nationally heading into Thursday night's game against Texas Tech in the Big 12 tournament.

Posted on: January 26, 2009 9:05 pm

Pearson "happy" with first practice as head coach

Philip Pearson didn't know what to do.

Should he hold meetings?

Take the afternoon off?

Stay with his boss?

There is no obvious "next move" for an assistant launched into the head coaching position once his boss is abruptly forced to resign. Consequently, Pearson debated how to spend the day. But he eventually settled on getting in the gym, huddling the Alabama players and practicing, and once it was over he was glad he did.

Pearson spoke with CBSSports.com by phone while having dinner at a local deli Monday night, just hours after being tabbed to replace Mark Gottfried on an interim basis. Pearson said it had obviously been a long and tough day, but that Gottfried was handling everything OK. He added that he planned to finish dinner and head back to campus, where he was going to meet with the players individually and continue to prepare them for Thursday's game at Arkansas.

"They practiced really hard," Pearson said. "I was happy to see that."

Posted on: January 26, 2009 3:48 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2009 8:45 pm

Gottfried out at Alabama

Alabama is removing coach Mark Gottfried from his position, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Monday.

An official announcement is expected in the next 24 hours.

The Tuscaloosa News initially reported the story.

Gottfried entered his 11th season at Alabama on the proverbial "hot seat" because he had missed the NCAA tournament each of the past two years, and he didn't help his cause with a 12-7 start this season. Additionally, point guard Ron Steele effectively quit the team last week. And though Steele has been vague about his reasons, multiple sources told CBSSports.com that a falling out with Gottfried played a large role.

Assistant Philip Pearson is expected to take over the head coaching duties on an interim basis.

Alabama will then conduct a national search to find a permanent replacement.

Category: NCAAB
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