Anthony Grant Will Not Return

Anthony Grant was fired Sunday as Alabama men's basketball coach by Athletics Director Bill Battle. Battle said it was "ultimately" a matter of "wins and losses."

In a statement released by The University, Athletics Director Bill Battle said, “Earlier today, I informed Anthony Grant that he will not be retained as head men's basketball coach at the University of Alabama. This decision was reached only after a great deal of deliberation, but I feel it is in the best interests of the basketball program to make a change in leadership. This has been a very difficult decision, as I have the highest respect for Anthony as a coach, as a molder of young men, and as a person.

“Anthony is a man of impeccable character who has been an excellent representative of our program. He has made tremendous contributions to our program and we always will be grateful for his efforts. Anthony, his wife Chris, and their children have been tremendous assets to our University and our community.

“In this business we are ultimately judged by wins and losses on the court and, for a variety of reasons, we haven't made satisfactory progress in that area. We have a great university, and an excellent athletics program that has expectations for all of our teams to meet the highest standards in competition, in the classroom and in the community.

Grant has a record of 117-85 (.579) in six seasons as the head coach at Alabama and has led the Tide to two NIT appearances (2011 and 2013) and one NCAA appearance (2012). In his nine seasons as a college head coach, Grant’s overall record is 193-110 (.637) at two schools, Virginia Commonwealth and Alabama.

Battle's statement continued, “Today's decision is part of a larger evaluation of every facet of our basketball program that is intended to improve every aspect of our basketball program. A key component in that effort is to get all of our fans pulling in the same direction, and to make Coleman Coliseum the best home court advantage in the SEC.

Now comes the really hard part -- finding a new head coach. It should be remembered that when Grant was hired, it was almost unanimously agreed that Bama had hired the best possible man for the job. Numerous names will be in the wind in coming days.

Battle said, “Out of respect for our players and coaches, I will make no further comment regarding this decision or the coaching search. I want to extend my complete support to our players and our coaching staff. We will immediately begin a national search for a new head men's basketball coach.”


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