ITH Super Happy Fun Time Coaching Search: Anthony Grant

  • 03/31/2008 1:02 pm in

agrant.jpgKelvin is out the door and Dan is not our man, so that can only mean one thing: It’s coaching search time! Here’s a look at the candidates that could land in Bloomington. We’ll give you the pros, the cons and the bottom line. This afternoon: Virginia Commonwealth’s Anthony Grant.

Pros: The 40-year old Grant spent 10 years with Billy Donovan as an assistant before accepting the head coaching gig at VCU in April of 2006. At Florida, he was Donovan’s right hand man and was the lead recruiter for many of the players who led the Gators to back-to-back titles. In two seasons at VCU, Grant is 52-14 and in 2007, his Rams reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a win over Duke. Grant would be a long-term solution and his prowess in the recruiting world could help return top talent to Bloomington. In his time at Florida, he helped bring nine McDonald’s All-Americans and four first round NBA draft picks into the program.

Cons: Like some of the other candidates we’ve profiled, Grant’s lack of head coaching experience above the mid major level might be frowned upon by the “blue ribbon” committee. On the surface, he doesn’t seem to have any ties to the state of Indiana or to the Big Ten having played at Dayton and having coached his entire career in Florida and on the east coast. When LSU got rid of John Brady in February, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that Grant would land in Baton Rouge, but LSU may be heading in a different direction with its search opening up the possibility for IU interest.

Bottom line: If IU decides to go with an up and coming coach, they’d be hard pressed to find a better resume than Grant’s. He was an instrumental part of Florida’s back-to-back national championship and helped Donovan build the program from relative obscurity. Most speculation has him ending up in the SEC, but with South Carolina moving towards Darrin Horn and LSU interest possibly waning, Grant could get a look and some consideration from the decision makers in Bloomington.

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  • tberry

    Dakich will not BE the coach but Dakich IS the coach. He has the responsibility to keep the team disciplined and ready to play for IU whether they like it or not.

    No matter what his status he runs the team. The players do not run the team. if they don't want to listen to the coach they need to go home. IU doesn't need any player enough to give control of the team to them.

  • tberry

    Dakich will not BE the coach but Dakich IS the coach. He has the responsibility to keep the team disciplined and ready to play for IU whether they like it or not.

    No matter what his status he runs the team. The players do not run the team. if they don't want to listen to the coach they need to go home. IU doesn't need any player enough to give control of the team to them.

  • Atwater

    I agree with that. Sure, maybe DD shouldn't be making that call, but I am sick of how selfish this team is. You are still going to school for free… go to the meetings! Also, this isn't the first time that these guys have gotten in trouble. If we have to clean house, then so be it. Guys were getting suspended before sampson left, so you can't use the coaching situation as an excuse for everything.

    One other point, you never hear any of this crap about Gordon. I bet he was at the meetings, and he probably won't even be here next year. He went to practice the day that DD was hired too. It is like some of these guys have no appreciation for playing for Indiana. I grew up dreaming about playing for the hoosiers, and some of these guys don't even seem to care.

  • Atwater

    I agree with that. Sure, maybe DD shouldn't be making that call, but I am sick of how selfish this team is. You are still going to school for free… go to the meetings! Also, this isn't the first time that these guys have gotten in trouble. If we have to clean house, then so be it. Guys were getting suspended before sampson left, so you can't use the coaching situation as an excuse for everything.

    One other point, you never hear any of this crap about Gordon. I bet he was at the meetings, and he probably won't even be here next year. He went to practice the day that DD was hired too. It is like some of these guys have no appreciation for playing for Indiana. I grew up dreaming about playing for the hoosiers, and some of these guys don't even seem to care.

  • B_MD

    But it should be up to the new coach to decide, not Dakich.

  • BGleas

    But it should be up to the new coach to decide, not Dakich.

  • Atwater

    Maybe that is true, but does that mean that they should just do whatever they want until they have a new coach IU named DD as the coach and until someone else is named, they need to do what he says. The hoosier scoop also says that were asked to run after they missed the first meeting and they refused.

    These guys need to grow up. Even if they hate DD, they just need to suck it up for a couple of more days. The real world is going to be a rude awakening for these guys. All that said, maybe DD shouldn't be the one to kick them off the team, but I don't feel sorry for them at this point.

  • Atwater

    Maybe that is true, but does that mean that they should just do whatever they want until they have a new coach IU named DD as the coach and until someone else is named, they need to do what he says. The hoosier scoop also says that were asked to run after they missed the first meeting and they refused.

    These guys need to grow up. Even if they hate DD, they just need to suck it up for a couple of more days. The real world is going to be a rude awakening for these guys. All that said, maybe DD shouldn't be the one to kick them off the team, but I don't feel sorry for them at this point.

  • I still can't take this seriously, there has been no official announcement regarding the player's releases. Until ESPN or the official IU Hoosiers site says anything about this, i consider this all just to be rumors.

  • I still can't take this seriously, there has been no official announcement regarding the player's releases. Until ESPN or the official IU Hoosiers site says anything about this, i consider this all just to be rumors.

  • Ellis has kids, so i don't see why he would do something so stupid, like getting kicked off a team. He's a junior now, and if he transfered, i just don't see how that would work out, and in fact, it wouldn't.

  • Ellis has kids, so i don't see why he would do something so stupid, like getting kicked off a team. He's a junior now, and if he transfered, i just don't see how that would work out, and in fact, it wouldn't.

  • I'm sure this bit of news will just have the coaches running the other direction, as if they wasn't already.

  • I'm sure this bit of news will just have the coaches running the other direction, as if they wasn't already.

  • hoosiergal

    amen

  • hoosiergal

    amen

  • JerryCT

    All of this shows why Wooden was right and Bennett was the cool hire. Bennett does not care about your stars as a recruit but your character.

    Wooden said “the coaches best tool is the bench, even for your stars “

  • JerryCT

    All of this shows why Wooden was right and Bennett was the cool hire. Bennett does not care about your stars as a recruit but your character.

    Wooden said “the coaches best tool is the bench, even for your stars “

  • JerryCT

    I feeel bad that this all has to be discussed under A Grant headline. he doesn't deserve this even though I am not his fan over Dixon

  • JerryCT

    I feeel bad that this all has to be discussed under A Grant headline. he doesn't deserve this even though I am not his fan over Dixon

  • Boathead

    Just for fun you should profile Steve Lavin.

  • Boathead

    Just for fun you should profile Steve Lavin.

  • Boathead

    Just for fun you should profile Steve Lavin.