The Short List

Dean Legge's short list of candidates for the basketball vacancy at Georgia.

Tubby Smith – Former Tulsa, Georgia and Kentucky Coach. Current Minnesota Coach

Contract Status: In the middle of the second year of a seven-year contract that could be worth upwards of $13 million. Has a clause in the contract that states that Smith may leave Minnesota voluntarily if he is willing to pay what is now less than $3 million.

Legacy: Was the most successful coach at Georgia in the last few decades, but was hired away from the Dawgs when Kentucky called. Got Georgia to the SEC Tournament Finals in 1997, and earned a #3 seed in the NCAAs. Took the Dawgs to the Sweet 16 in 1996 as a #8 seed in the NCAAs. Complied a 45-19 record at Georgia – making him top winning percentage coach in Georgia history. Took Tulsa to the Sweet 16 in 1994 and 1995. Took Georgia to the Sweet 16 in 1996. Won the National Title with Kentucky in 1997. Had tremendous success at Kentucky (Elite Eight, Second Round, Sweet 16, Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Second Round, Elite Eight, Second Round and Second Round) from 1997-2007. Went to the NIT in first season at Minnesota. Has a 423-162 overall record.

Anthony Grant – Former Florida Assistant Coach. Current Virginia Commonwealth Coach.

Contract Status: In the middle of a contract that ends after the 2013-14 season. According to the Richmond Dispatch Grant's deal is worth more than $700,000 a year base with another $100,000 in annuities and even more for bonuses for winning the CAA and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. The school that signs Grant away from VCU, according to reports, much also agree to a home-and-home series with VCU, or pay $75,000 to avoid the games.

Legacy: Won the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament in 2007. Took VCU to the NCAAs where they beat Duke in the first round. In 2008, after signing a contract extension, Grant took VCU to the NIT. Also: 2007 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year; Named Assistant Coach of 2008 USA Basketball U18 Team; Won 2006 NCAA Title with University of Florida; Team MVP, University of Dayton; Appeared in two NCAA Tournaments and one NIT as a player with Dayton.


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