Category Archives: Anthony Grant

Update on Mikhail Torrance situation

The Associated Press just updated its story on the hospitalization of former Tide point guard Mikhail Torrance. Instead of paraphrasing, here is the entire AP account:

Former Alabama standout point guard Mikhail Torrance collapsed after a workout in Bradenton, Fla. on Friday and is hospitalized in critical condition, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Torrance had been training at the IMG Academies when he lost consciousness, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the player’s family had not authorized the release of any information.

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Follow the SEC basketball coaches teleconference

It might be something. It might be nothing, but I’ll be listening and participating so to pass along any important information from the SEC basketball summer teleconference beginning now.

We’ll see if John Calipari gets questions about the Eric Bledsoe issue or what Anthony Grant has to say about the upcoming season.

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The Justin Knox saga continues

The whole Justin Knox transfer story continues. Here is what the Associated Press wrote about it this afternoon.


BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Alabama coach Anthony Grant said Thursday the university made the decision to limit Justin Knox’s transfer options while agreeing to keep paying his tuition until he graduates this summer.

Grant said he did not make the decision to put restrictions on the junior forward, who would be eligible to play immediately once he has his degree. Under the restrictions, Knox can’t transfer to a school on the Crimson Tide’s schedule next season, to a Southeastern Conference school or within the University of Alabama system. That would rule out UAB.

“My first conversation with him was in regards to his graduation,” Grant said at a pro-am before the Regions Charity Classic. “I felt like what I needed to do for Justin was get clarification on whether or not the university would pay for his graduation. I went and spoke to our administration and they indicated that they would consider that but they had stipulations. Once that got talked about and put in their hands, I stepped away from it. It’s really an administrative decision. Right now, I’m out of it.”

Knox has appealed the restrictions to the university.

Grant indicated he didn’t have a problem personally with Knox transferring to UAB.

“Whatever Justin decides to do, whatever he feels like is in his best interest, I think that’s between Justin and his family,” he said.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Knox started 17 games in Grant’s first season and averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds.

He was a 31-game starter as a sophomore, when he averaged 5.7 points and 5.1 rebounds.


Asked whether he feared there was improper tampering from another school, Grant said he is giving Knox the benefit of the doubt.

“When Justin and I talked, Justin spoke of his desire to put himself in a better position to have more playing time, to be a bigger part of that program,” Grant said. “I’ve got to take Justin at his word that that’s what he’s looking for, and I believe him. Justin is a great kid, and we have a great relationship. I wish him the best.”

Grant said a number of schools have called about Knox.

A St. Patty’s day update

It’s been a while since checking in, so let’s take a quick look around the world of Crimson Tide sports and the news it makes.

  • The Washington Post takes a look at former Alabama football recruit Destin Hood and his decision to sign a Major League Baseball contract with the Nationals instead of playing football in Tuscaloosa. Interesting read.
  • Speaking of baseball, the Tide is on fire to open the season. At 13-1, they’ve climbed into the national rankings under first-year coach Mitch Gaspard. Also, second baseman Ross Wilson was named SEC player of the week. Read more about last night’s win here.
  • The $4.3 million price tag for Alabama’s trip to the BCS National Championship Game has drawn attention nationally.
  • One newspaper put Alabama basketball coach Anthony Grant on the list of potential candidates for the vacant Iowa coaching job. Interesting.
  • And now the latest development in the Daniel Moore vs. UA legal batter.

JaMychal Green, you’re suspended

JaMychal Green became the latest Alabama basketball player suspended when Anthony Grant gave him the extended breather Tuesday.

The former McDonald’s All-American and his 14.8 points per game will be missed Wednesday night at South Carolina when the Tide look to break the streak of seven losses in eight games. No reasons were given for the suspension other than unspecified rules violation. But that’s hardly news.

There is no word if Senario Hillman will be back Wednesday after being suspended for Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss. Grant didn’t give a timetable for his return after the game.

Anthony Brock was also suspended for the second and third games of the season. Who is next? Stay tuned for all the excitement.

Big week for Tide basketball

Facing a cross roads with a 1-2 SEC record, Alabama will see two of the league’s better teams this week in Coleman Coliseum. Read more in Tuesday’s paper, but the Tide will host No. 8 Tennessee on Tuesday on ESPN followed by a 11 a.m. Saturday visit from No. 23 Mississippi State.

Two straight losses won’t help Alabama’s momentum entering this big week. It blew a 10-point lead in the Vandy loss and lacked focus against Arkansas, coach Anthony Grant said today.

Like I said, this is just a teaser. Read more tomorrow morning.

Anthony Brock reinstated to basketball team

Alabama media relations just dropped off a release announcing reinstatement of Crimson Tide basketball player Anthony Brock. The senior was suspended for what turns out to be a two-game span.

Coach Anthony Grant said Brock “met the requirements” set out to end the suspension that was announced just minutes before Alabama’s second game against Jackson State.

“I am remorseful that my actions led down any teammates, coaches and the University of Alabama,” Brock said in the release. “However, I am grateful for the opportunity that Coach Grant has given me to rejoin my teammates and represent the Crimson Tide.”

Brock started the season-opening loss to Cornell and scored 15 points.

Tide hoops signs pair

Anthony Grant added two more players to next season’s basketball team Wednesday on the first day of the early signing period.

Trevor Releford, a point guard, joined guard/forward Charles Hankerson Jr. as Crimson Tide signees. Both were four-star prospects according to scout.com’s five-star scale.

Interestingly absent is a post player. This season’s team has nobody taller than 6-foot-9 so that would figure to be a main objective of Grant’s. The signing period isn’t over so there is plenty of time to fill that need.

Read more in Thursday’s paper.

Live from SEC basketball media day

There is no mistaking the difference between the football and basketball editions of this event. The buzz is muffled in Birmingham today compared to what it was a few months ago in Hoover.

But there were still a few stars.

Kentucky’s John Calipari led off the day’s events with an hour in front of print reporters. He sounded optimistic about the SEC’s ability to bounce back and even predicted seven or eight league teams would make the NCAA tournament. Alabama coach Anthony Grant agreed with that.

Read more tomorrow and in the coming days about some of the story lines coming out of the event.

You’ll be interested to hear Calipari’s take on Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

In this amateur photo I took, notice the difference in the crowd surrounding Calipari compared to the Arkansas women’s player in the foreground.

Jemison to miss ’09-10 hoops season

In yet another injury-related story, Alabama basketball player Demetrius Jemison tore his Achilles tendon and will miss the upcoming season.

A news release sent out Sunday night said he will have surgery Tuesday on the ankle injured during a team workout Saturday.

“I’m extremely disappointed for Demetrius,” Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said in the release. “He has worked extremely hard in the offseason to prepare himself for the upcoming year and I’m confident that he will receive the best medical attention available.”

Jemison averaged 3.1 points and rebounds last season in 28 games.

A few notes for a Tuesday morning

Just working on a few different stories for the week thinking it was time for a morning briefing. So here you go.

  • In a change of pace, why not a basketball note. It turns out Anthony Grant lost one of his targets in Ralston Turner of Muscle Shoals. Instead of the Tide, he committed to LSU on Monday. Read more here.
  • While working on a story about Greg McElroy and the Saturday showdown with former high school coach Todd Dodge, I did some hunting for a Sports Illustrated story I remembered reading about Southlake Carroll High School. Here’s what I found. Notice the cover boy on that edition.

Contracts for Saban, Grant approved

The conference call just ended for the board of trustees’ compensation committee and all contracts were approved.

The pay for Nick Saban’s 3-year extension will keep the same pay scale as the final year of his existing contract which calls for him to be paid $4.2 million.

Anthony Grant’s 7-year deal will pay him an annual salary of $1.8 million with a $50,000 signing bonus.

Check back later for further details.

Compensation committee meets Wedneday

The contract extension for football coach Nick Saban will likely be finalized on a 9 a.m. Wednesday teleconference meeting of the board of trustees compensation committee. It is one of several agenda items involving athletics contracts.

Basketball coach Anthony Grant’s contract is on the schedule along with amendments to the contracts of rowing coach Lawrence Davis and gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson.

New baseball coach Mitch Gaspard’s contract is not on the agenda for this meeting of the compensation committee.

Bama basketball lands commitment

Guard Charles Hankerson became the first new commitment for Anthony Grant’s 2010 recruiting class. (Remember Shawn Kemp Jr. will re-sign with the Crimson Tide after a year at prep school).

Here’s what Hankerson told BamaOnLine.com:

“I committed to Alabama because I think they are an up and coming program with a big future. I had a lot of schools after me the way I played this summer, but I really wanted to be part of Coach Grant’s plan at Alabama. After listening to him and the assistants talk, I know they are going to do good things and I’m just excited to have this chance,” Hankerson Jr. said. “I worked hard on my game and Coach Grant said they love my versatility. I can play different positions for them so I can help out in different ways. Wherever they need me to step up whether it be rebounding, scoring or defense I’m glad to help my team win.”

According to the site, Hankerson also considered Auburn, Virginia, Central Florida, South Florida, Tulane, Rice and Virginia Commonwealth (Grant’s old employer).

TEASER ALERT: Anthony Grant Q&A coming

I’m not exactly sure when it will run in the paper, but I just finished up a Q & A with Alabama basketball coach Anthony Grant. It was the first time I got to speak with the new Crimson Tide basketball coach and he was a genuinely nice guy.

You’ll have to read the Decatur Daily to read what kind of style Alabama will play under Grant, his take on recruiting, the proposed basketball practice facility and even his favorite movie and the last song he listened to.

So check it out on one of the coming days.

Also, I see there is quite the battle brewing on the SEC West poll on the left-hand side of the page. Ole Miss and LSU fans are making it a battle.

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