Friday, March 27, 2009

Hats-off to Coach Grant

It seems an era has ended. According to wire reports, Anthony Grant has decided to leave VCU. The Rams head coach for the last three seasons (76-25) has apparently accepted the offer Alabama extended to him.

In spite of the sense of disappointment that Rams fans may be feeling as they read this, Grant has been good to VCU, and unless there are defections he is hardly leaving the cupboard bare.

Tonight I watched a former VCU coach, Jeff Capel, guide his Oklahoma team to a win over Syracuse. I won't be surprised to see Grant coaching a team, maybe Alabama, in big games down the road. He's a fantastic coach.

So was/is Capel. If UVa. can sign him somebody up there is crazy not to jump at the chance.

VCU will reload. It's a good job lots of up and coming coaches would love to get. After Capel and Grant, I have a great deal of faith in the talent and confidence VCU president Eugene Trani has in overseeing the process of hiring a basketball coach.

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