Based on the opinions of the readers of our Blog, I'm calling the UGA coaching search for Anthony Grant. A full 83 percent of our responders believe Grant is the guy.
When the poll began, VCU was still playing in the Tournament, and Grant was just an unofficial candidate. However, as soon as VCU lost, reports came out that Grant was the front runner for the job at University of Alabama.
The Tide's decisiveness may have created a fire underneath our athletic department. Rumors over the last day or so suggest that our head coaching position was offered to Coach Grant.
I seriously doubt that any of the readers of this Blog are part of the athletic department. We had no early inside information. But we may have some accurate guessers. We'll see.
If Grant does get the top job, he brings a lot to the table. He understands the SEC, having been an assistant coach at Florida. He reportedly was the main recruiter at UF and the principal architect of the roster for UF's championship teams of a few years back.
And although he coaches at a smaller school, he has had his share of success. His teams at Virginia Commonwealth have been in the NCAA Tournament, beating Duke one year, and coming up just 1 point short of beating UCLA this past season.
Maybe he'll be a younger version of Tubby Smith. If he signs with Georgia, let's make the buyout provisions very steep, and if he is successful, let's hold onto him against aggressive suitors.