With the NCAA Tournament Off And Running…The UGA Basketball Coaching Rumors Begin To Pick Up As Well
While the vibe around the program has been pretty depressing of late after just finishing up a 12-20 season and with sophomore guards Zac Swansey and Troy Brewer recently deciding that they will be transferring, optimistic Dawg fans now hope that the new coach can begin to right the ship in the coming weeks. The question is, who exactly will that be?
Ever since Coach Felton got fired on January 29th in the middle of the season, speculation has swirled, espicially with Athletic Director Damon Evan’s vow to the fans that the school will more than likely spend the big bucks to bring in a great coach. From Bob Knight to former UGA head coach and current Minnesota coach Tubby Smith, plenty of names have popped up. But lately, one has begun to emerge from the others.
Virginia Commonwealth’s Anthony Grant, who just a few years back was the heir apparent to UF’s Billy Donovan when he appeared to be off to the NBA’s Orlando Magic, has been the hot name of late. Now, mostly this is due to the fact that his team just got knocked out of the first round the NCAA Tournament last Thrusday by UCLA, 65-64, but he has reportedly been on UGA’s radar for quite some time now.
Some media outlets have even speculated that recently UGA has even already offered him the head coaching spot, though both VCU and UGA deny that the two sides have even made contact yet. Alabama is also reportedly courting Grant as well, who at just 42 years old, is a young and upcoming coach that has a pretty solid resume.
However, look for more names to continue to be resurfaced again (e.g. Oklahoma’s Jeff Capel, Xavier’s Sean Miller, Missouri’s Mike Anderson, ect) as each of those programs inevitably get knocked out of the tournament in the coming week(s).