Monday, March 25, 2013

Tubby Smith fired from Minnesota, Coach Grant Possible Replacement

The Minnesota Star Tribune is reporting that Anthony Grant and Shaka Smart will be at the top of the list for possible replacements to Tubby Smith.  With the UCLA job also coming open, I would think the Bruins will get first pick of available coaches.  I could see Smart going to UCLA, and Coach Grant becoming Minnesota's top target, if this report is true, due to the relationship between their athletic director and Coach Grant.  

He turned down Illinois last season, and Minnesota is not as good of a job as Illinois, but obviously the climate and his perceived job security here are a bit different now.  With the team we have coming back next year, I would hate to start with a new system and new coach.  I don't think Grant will leave unless they offer substantially more money, but this is worth keeping an eye on.  

10 comments:

RAY said...

the key here is UM's commitment. they're already in for tubby's buyout, 2.5 mill.


i know nothing about their facilities. is teague looking to upgrade to compete w/ the big boys in the big 10??? any success there is going to be tied to recruiting. can top talent be recruited to minnesota?


if so i can't honestly see how anthony grant would fit into that scenario. grant recruiting and coaching against bo ryan? izzo? crean? thad matta?? bielien at michigan?


please.


here's hoping our new AD uses his vaunted business sense and realizes we don't need to get into a bidding war just to keep a coach that's yet to prove he's worth what he's making now. we made this same mistake w/ gottfried. if grant can make 2.5 somewhere else, good night and good luck.

RAY said...

silly season in full throttle:

http://www.newschannel34.com/sports/story/South-Alabama-names-Graves-new-basketball-coach/ttaHHdGp9EWV7ewX8a8ABg.cspx?rss=125

RAY said...

you know, i'm really starting to like these guys:

http://deadspin.com/espn-goes-live-to-fgcu-pep-rally-just-in-time-to-catch-458768330?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_twitter&utm_source=deadspin_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

crimsontider said...

Illinois did now want Grant last year, if they really wanted him, he would be gone. I do not see Grant leaving unless he is pushed out by the new Adminastration. Minny will not offer as much money as he is (stealing) making at Alabama. My opinion on Grant is clear,I think a change would benefit both parties.

crimsontider said...

Alabama does not need to open the bank for Grant like you said. That would be a huge mistake. If he is interested let him go. Don't let him use Alabama for more money like he did during the UTK, GT, and Illinois coaching searches.

bobbyjack said...

He didn't turn down Illinois (and I got this from various folks). It went down like this... Anthony Grant's a candidate... let's talk to him... wait, how much is he making? Oh, nevermind we're not going above that.

I'm take it or leave it... don't care one way or another.

crimsontider said...

Anybody who thinks Grant leaving would hurt Alabama is kidding themselves. Grant got the program somewhat relevant again after CMG's disasterous final 3 years, but has not been able to take the program to a higher gear, after making a lot of progress his first two years. It may not help in the short term, but it certainly will not hurt. Alabama needs to leave the ball in CAG's court on this issue, no way we should offer him a pay raise or an extension. The only way I see him leaving is for Job security. If no progress is made again next year, he will likely be fired. At Minnesota he would have at least 3-4 years of job security.

RAY said...

http://www.startribune.com/sports/gophers/199959481.html?page=1&c=y

RAY said...

shaka turns down UCLA?

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-basketball/news/20130327/vcu-shaka-smart/index.html



you know what, i'm calling BS on this one.

2FromDCorner said...

What's up bloggers??