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Grant has a tough choice/gamble in front of him

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

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.


Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 7:04 pm

Grant has a tough choice/gamble in front of him

I think it's great that Anthony may have more than one choice. It will be something to see how the Coaching Carousel turns this year with all the openings at a number of big schools. I've heard Pitino is considering Arizona, but I'd love to see Billy Gillespie come to Tucson myself. Especially if he brings a couple of recruits. Gillespie and his recruits to the Cats would make number 26 an after thought.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 4:57 pm

Grant has a tough choice/gamble in front of him

I don't think Billy Donovan is going to take the Kentucky job even if it was offered to him. I think it would be more likely that Kentucky fires Billy Gillispie, Donovan says he is staying at Florida and Kentucky offers the job to Grant.    

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 3:57 pm

Grant has a tough choice/gamble in front of him

For a guy who claims to be knowledgeable on Kentucky bball you sure don't seem to have a clue. Here is a reality check for you...your team has been woefully mediocre for years now. Spinning wheels seem to come to mind when I think of that average-at-best program...and let's not forget, Donovan ALREADY turned that job down once. He already said no once, how ambarassing would it be for you bleeding blue ignorants to be spurned twice by the same guy who coaches in the same conference, coaches at a "football" school and who whoops you up nearly every year!


Then would you begin to realize your best years are getting further and further behind you??? Hope so, otherwise all you folks with blue balls would just seem pathetic...wait, too late you already do.


Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 1:47 pm

Grant has a tough choice/gamble in front of him

Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 12:27 pm

Grant has a tough choice/gamble in front of him

A has been whiner school? Look at the banners. Like you guys haven't been down and choked multiple times in the tourney. Please. We'll get a new coach, and continue winning. Why would Donovan want to leave? Gee, I don't know. Maybe because we bring 23,000 a night and live, eat and breathe basketball. Florida didn't even know the game existed before Bill D got there. Say what you want about UK fans, it's all true. The one thing you can't say is that we aren't the most passionate and knowledgeable fans in the game. Stick to your rock chalk jayhawk chant and be happy winning a title ever thrity years. You be you and we'll be Kentucky.  

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 12:16 pm

Grant has a tough choice/gamble in front of him

No offense bud, but Kentucky basketball has seriously lost it's shine and you can place the blame squarely on the douche AD you have there. I highly doubt Donovan would even consider that job considering he already has a BETTER gig in the same conference. Talk all you want about which is a "football" school and which is a true "basketball" school. Fact is, Florida right now is a better basketball school than Kentucky and unless Donovan is blind he should see that.  I can't see anyone who would want to get caught up in that mess outside of the fact that they just want to get paid...

Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2009 11:41 am

Grant has a tough choice/gamble in front of him

Arizona "picks" Anderson?  That's delusional.  I'm not saying he wouldn't go there, but Arizona doesn't have a god given right to choose exactly who it will have as its next basketball coach.  They'd have to ante up and still not necessarily beat out Alabama/Mizzou/Georgia.  


Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 11:16 am

Grant has a tough choice/gamble in front of him

To all Kentucky fans, I see a lot of posting about Billy G getting fired. If you do fire Billy, that would be a mistake. What coach would come to a program where if you don't have a top 5 program in two years you will be fired. Two years is not enough time in basketball. Arkansas is going through tough times right now with Pelphrey, but they are not going to fire him. What would recruits think about Kentucky, man I am not going there if they change coaches every two years. In my opinion, let Billy G have another year and if they don't improve then get rid of him. 

As far as Grant goes, any coach would like a chance to coach in the SEC. The SEC has a great BB history. As far as comparrisons to the Big East and ACC, SEC 10 national champions, ACC 9 national champions, Big East 6 national champions.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:06 am

Grant has a tough choice/gamble in front of him

Yeah, all the SEC does is win national championships over those "real conferences". Whatever! Jealousy kills. Are you dead yet?

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 7:03 am

Grant has a tough choice/gamble in front of him

 That's an amazing insightful response. And you're right. At the same time I can't see UK firing Gillispie after his second season without a proven winner in their contract with said proven winner in pocket. Won't happen! Period end of story. There is too much at stake for that to happen. The next few days or weeks could decide the programs future for the next 10 to 20 years. And while I agree with your assessment of the situation I also believe these men that are deciding the future of UK's basketball program are stepping very lightly at the moment.

As far as Billy Donovan being contacted again I seriously doubt that. Just as I doubt that Rick Barnes would be given a second opportunity to say no. John Calipari sealed his own fate when he held that press conference two years ago to deny any interest in the position so I don't see the powers that be offering him a blank check either. Travis Ford I doubt it....John Phelpry? I doubt it. Bill Self isn't leaving Kansas. Coach "K" won't leave Duke and Roy Williams will never leave UNC. Calhoun is in trouble at UCONN and Tubby would never come think of possible proven NBA coaches if you want to think outside the box on this one.

In recent press annoucements Mitch Barnhart the AD at UK has said they will conduct a review of Gillispies performance at the end of the season. Now that could mean exactly what he said, or it could mean they're delaying. But here's the truth for those of you that can handle it. I think this is all rumors and everyone is getting all worked up over nothing. UK cannot and will not take the chance on plunging the basketball program any further into turmoil than it already is. They simply cannot afford to fire Gillispie without a proven winner to immediately step in and take over. Now read into that what you like but I think they'll hedge their bets and investigate the possibilities of getting whom they want as it will take, contract language, years or term and all other variables...then if they can get who they want and sign him they will proceed to buy Gillispie out but not until they had a contract with that coach. Otherwise you'll see plan b. Billy Gillispie coaching at UK next year.

Simply because two years is not enough time to warrant them firing him. They'd never get anyone decent to come here much less great. No coach no matter the temptation or challenge to be the best of the best or coach at the best would be willing to stick his neck out and jeopardize a lifelong career at the risk of crashing and burning in two years and being ran matter what it paid. But right now if I was betting on it i'd say there's maybe a 2 or 3 percent chance you'll see a change in coaches at UK next season. So there's also a 97 to 98 percent chance you'll likely see Gillispie for another two or three seasons coaching at UK as a minimum as well. So Grant may as well take the Alabama job because even if UK did move it won't be Donovan.

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