On The Coaching Front…I Cudda’ Been A Contendah!

The Blaine Taylor-to-Stanford spin cycle continues to hammer away at fans of both schools. Neither side is forthcoming with anything–and they shouldn’t–which has the ODU faithful madly purchasing tarot cards, tea leaves, and eye of gnut.

Yes, Taylor is deep in the throes of renegotiating his contract with Jim Jarratt and the crew in Norfolk, and that can only be a good thing. Oh, it has nothing to do with the Stanford job. It just means a good coach and good guy is going to have a little more security when he heads out to the ocean. Atlantic or Pacific remains to be determined.

VCU has finally officially announced Anthony Grant’s second raise in two years. (Memo to AD Norwood Teague: I am available.) Their words, not mine:

Virginia Commonwealth University President Dr. Eugene P. Trani and Director of Athletics Norwood T. Teague announced today that the university has reached an agreement in principle to extend and upgrade the terms of the contract of head men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant.

“I am thrilled that we are extending Anthony’s contract, as well as providing him an increased financial package,” Teague said. “His impact on our basketball program has been outstanding and it is our intention for Coach Grant to serve as our head men’s basketball coach for many years.”

Said Dr. Trani, “Coach Grant has had a significant positive impact on the entire university, not just athletics. We have tremendous confidence in what he will be able to do going forward.”

The deal now runs through the 2013-14 season.

“My family and I are extremely grateful for the confidence and commitment shown to us by Dr. Trani, Norwood and the entire VCU and Richmond communities,” Grant said. “I am excited, honored and privileged to be a part of the present and future of VCU and the City of Richmond.”

VCU is 52-15 in two seasons under Grant. The Rams have finished first in the Colonial Athletic Association both seasons. Grant has a 31-5 record in CAA regular season games. No CAA team has won more league games in a two-year span.

In 2007, VCU advanced to the second round of NCAA tournament, beating Duke in the first round before losing to Pittsburgh in overtime. In 2008, the Rams competed in the National Invitation Tournament and finished with a 24-8 record.

Grant was named CAA Coach of the Year in 2007 after his first season with the Rams.

“Coaches the caliber of Anthony Grant are rare,” Teague said. “We’re glad to have him and we look forward to a long association with him.”


~ by mglitos on April 24, 2008.

2 Responses to “On The Coaching Front…I Cudda’ Been A Contendah!”

  1. Scratching the head, wondering what the hell eye of gnut is?

    Is it the shortened term for unix gnutella or is it from the science fiction short story Farewell to the Master.

    The last choice i would think is that you wanted to say eye of newt, meaning the salamander and not Newt Gingrich.

  2. […] * Anthony Grant received his second pay increase in as many years while Blaine Taylor is rumoured to be in consideration to be the next head coach at Standford. […]

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