Grant Expected to be Named New Head Coach

Sources close to the situation say that it is likely former Gator assistant Anthony Grant will be named the new head coach at the University of Florida. Grant spent 12 seasons as Billy Donovan's assistant – 10 at Florida and two at Marshall University. He left the program last spring to become the head coach at Virginia Commonwealth.

After being approached by the Orlando Magic, sources say Donovan made it clear that he would only take the job if Grant was given the position at Florida. Earlier this evening, Scout.com's Dave Telep confirmed that the Gators requested permission to speak to the former Gator assistant. Florida could name Grant within the next few days, and sources also say he could be in attendance at Donovan's press conference in Gainesville on Friday afternoon.

In his only season as a head coach, Grant led VCU to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship, earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. In the opening round, the No. 11-seeded Rams upset No. 6-seeded Duke, 79-77, before losing an overtime thriller to No. 3-seeded Pittsburgh in the second round.

Under Grant's leadership, VCU went 28-7 (16-2 CAA), setting both a school record and conference record for most wins in a season. The Richmond Times-Dispatch named Grant the Virginia Division I Coach of the Year.

Grant played an integral role in Florida's back-to-back National Championships. As associate head coach, Grant helped recruit Corey Brewer, Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Taurean Green to the Gators. And with his focus on the post players, he helped in the development of Noah who went from a sparsely used reserve during his freshman season to the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player when the Gators captured their first national title in 2006.

Grant's roots are in the state of Florida. He started his collegiate coaching career at Stetson University and coached at the prep ranks in his hometown of Miami from 1987-1993. At Miami Senior High School, he was an All-City first-team selection and also earned Player of the Year honors. Starting his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, he helped coach Miami Senior to three state titles and five straight national rankings.


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