University of Alabama’s Men’s Basketball coach Anthony Grant was the first person offered Maryland’s head coaching job, according to 106.7 The Fan’s “The Sports Junkies.”
Sources told The Junkies that Grant tuned down the job because of the tornados that ripped through the Tuscaloosa, AL area a week prior, and it would be wrong to leave the devastated community at this time.
Maryland ended up hiring Texas A+M’s head coach Mark Turgeon to replace Gary Williams, who stepped down on May 6th.
In two years at Alabama, Grant has led the Crimson Tide to a 42-27 overall record, but has failed to make the tournament both years. This past season, Alabama was a bubble team that was not selected to get into the tournament, but they did finish runner-up in the NIT.
Before coaching at Alabama, the 45-year-old Grant spent three seasons at VCU, leading the Rams to three conference championships and two appearances in the NCAA tournament.
A university source denied that Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson spoke with Grant.