Closer to Finding Coach?

ATHENS – Georgia may be getting closer to finding its next head basketball coach.

Several sources indicated Sunday that Virginia Commonwealth head coach Anthony Grant was a leading candidate for the vacant head-coaching job at Georgia and said that Grant was in Atlanta over the weekend, reportedly for a recruiting visit.

Georgia athletics director Damon Evans said Sunday, however, that no hire had been made and an agreement was not imminent with any candidate.

Georgia fired Dennis Felton as its head coach in January, and last month the school hired a search committee to assist in identifying his replacement. The school has been tight-lipped about potential candidates, however, refusing to address any individual possibilities specifically.

Several media outlets in Alabama have also reported that Grant tops the wishlist for the Crimson Tide, too, but several other candidates remain possibilities in that coaching search as well.

Grant, a former assistant under Billy Donovan at Florida for 10 years, has spent the past three seasons as head coach at Virginia Commonwealth. In two of the past three seasons, he took the Rams to the NCAA tournament, losing in the first round this year to UCLA.

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