Sunday, March 30, 2008

Any word on Anthony Grant?


VCU fans ask one another, “Heard anything, yet?“

They’re on the Grant Watch. Last spring they almost lost their successful men’s basketball head coach, Anthony Grant (pictured above). This year he has has been making news in ways and in places that mean he’s surely going to be tempted to leave VCU after two years at the Siegel Center.

In the next month a few other universities are going to do their best to convince him he doesn’t want to live in Richmond, Virginia, anymore. Doesn’t want to coach Eric Maynor for his senior year.

The Rams fans expect it, they know Grant is going on to a bigger job, one day. They just hope it’s not going to happen yet ... one more year.

Here’s a sample of the press Grant is getting, beyond the pages of the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s sports page.

The Providence Journal:

The best young coaching candidate in the country is Anthony Grant, the Virginia Commonwealth coach whom Florida was ready to hire when Billy Donovan accepted the Orlando Magic job for a day last spring. The basketball world sees Grant as the likely hire at LSU or South Carolina, but that hasn’t happened yet.

STYLE Weekly

Virginia Commonwealth University Rams basketball coach Anthony Grant doesn’t want you to read this story. He should, mind you. Few would blame him if he summoned the cameras to record a seemingly made-for-PR decision: to take his team to the Freedom House to serve dinner to the homeless a few days after losing to the College of William and Mary, a perennial basketball lightweight, in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.

The Advocate:

LSU associate athletic director Herb Vincent said the school continues to decline comment on the search. Athletic media relations officials at Virginia Commonwealth said Rams coach Anthony Grant is also still declining comment, as did Grant’s agent. VCU’s basketball contact Chris Kowalczyk said the school has not heard from LSU about receiving official permission to speak to Grant.

The State

The News Star

-- Photo by F.T. Rea

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