Dawgs Move Forward With Search

ATHENS – The rumors surrounding Anthony Grant's impending arrival in the SEC swirled again Monday, but Georgia officials were quick to offer a flat denial of any contact between the school and the Virginia Commonwealth head coach.

A day after several media outlets reported an offer had been extended to Grant by Georgia, sports information director Claude Felton explicitly denied any involvement on the part of school president Dr. Michael Adams or athletics director Damon Evans in an email to several media members.

"I can say with complete authority that neither Damon Evans nor Dr. Adams has ever had a conversation with Anthony Grant as of today, Monday, March 23," Felton wrote in the email.

Felton said that both Adams and Evans attended Georgia's women's basketball game in Duluth on Saturday afternoon and then took a private plane to Nashville, Tenn. for the gymnastics team's meet. They did not return until after 10 p.m., Felton said.

The Macon Telegraph reported Sunday that, while sources said there was interest in Grant on the part of Georgia, Evans was adamant in his denial that the school was close to hiring any candidate, including Grant.

Meanwhile, another SEC school could make any discussions a moot point.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch confirmed that Alabama had asked for permission to discuss its coaching vacancy with Grant. Virginia Commonwealth sports information director Norwood Teague said Alabama athletics director Mal Moore contacted the school about Grant on Saturday night, but Scout.com Georgia's Web site that no such communication had occurred with Georgia.

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