Posted by killbatman on 3/29/2013 2:54:00 PM (view original):
He was definitely *the* hot name at the time, but I completely agree with you. Check out some of the names on that list making similar or less money (in 2009 anyway). And here we are 4 years later with 2 good showings in the NIT and 1 NCAA appearance (lost 1st round). For approximately 7.2M. And people will label you irrational and/or racist if you call for him to be fired.
Bama definitely isn't a basketball blueblood, but if it were up to me, I would have fired Grant yesterday. I'd write a big fat check (paid for by the football program) and go wave it in front of every elite coach who would let me in the door. Someone wants to make $4M+ a year, if that's what it takes. Bama can certainly afford that, and the basketball program could turn into Florida's very quickly if the administration would do what it takes instead of lowering expectations.
wow, very interesting, hes not even close to the caliber of the coaches below him on that list! if he had them in the sweet 16 in the first few seasons or something, and they wanted to bump him above guys like jamie dixon, tubby, bo ryan... BOEHEIM AND CALHOUN. i mean, maybe i could see it, maybe. 1.8M, thats big money, thats proven success money, not 3 years at VCU, a NIT, NT rd1, and NT rd2! alabama may as well have bumped that 1.8M up a bit and gotten someone really good. i guess they hoped grant was the next up and comer, not so bad to take a chance on him like that, but still. he sure did cash in on that 1 NT win!
i had forgotten he was likely going to replace billyd when he was the magic coach for those few hours, that is a pretty big deal, i guess its not that ridiculous after all. do they at least have good young talent or a good recruiting class or something? doesnt sound like they are getting much for their money :(