With the resignation of Alabama coach Mark Gottfried, the head job of the Crimson Tide has risen to become the most desirable job currently on the market. While many younger candidates will naturally be interested in the job, we'll point out the top five most likely candidates to end up as the next head man in Tuscaloosa (as far as basketball is concerned at least).
Dunn made a name for himself at Alabama in the mid-1970s. He has made his rounds throughout coaching in both the collegiate and professional levels, including a stint as a head coach of the WNBA's Charlotte Sting and even a short role as an assistant under departing coach Mark Gottfried at Alabama. His hiring would be centered around his knowing the University and would be more to please the fans than anything else.
Likelihood of hire: 10 percent
While he is only a few years away from turning 40, Scott Sutton would still be relatively young enough to take over the Alabama job and be able to make a long run at the school. Sutton has won his conference and had at least 20 wins in each of the last four season at Oral Roberts and has made the NCAA tournament the last three consecutive years. Add that with the coaching legacy he follows, and he becomes quite an appealing hire.
While Sutton would not be a bad hire, he is definitely not on the top of the Crimson Tide's short list.
Likelihood of hire: 35 percent
There is not a whole lot of question as to what Mike Anderson would do if offered the Alabama job. He has expressed interest in the job before, and some have noted it was one of the main reasons he left UAB (to at least be a realistic option if the UA job became available). Anderson makes sense because of his ties to the state of Alabama and his interest to coach at Bama. He was very successful at UAB but has not had instant success trying to turn around Missouri.
Likelihood of hire: 45 percent
Anthony Grant has already been crowned by some Crimson Tide fans to be the savior of the basketball program at the Capstone. Grant has been almost unbelievably successful at VCU, compiling a very impressive 67-19 record paired with two conference championships and one NCAA tournament appearance. Did I mention he is only in his third year?
It should also be noted that before Grant arrived at VCU, he served as an assistant under Billy Donovan for 12 years, which of course makes him very familiar with the Southeastern Conference.
Grant would be an excellent hire for Alabama. If he doesn't get the job, it won't be long before he does land a big one.
Likelihood of hire: 70 percent
When Alabama set out on its last high-profile coaching search, it was thought by many that the school's AD, Mal Moore, was dreaming if he thought a big name coach and proven champion would come to the Capstone. A little more than a month later, Moore landed in Tuscaloosa with Nick Saban. The question is, can he do the same with the basketball search? While Golden Gophers fans more than likely cringe at the thought, Crimson Tide fans fall in love with it: Tubby Smith back in the SEC.
Smith would have all the tools needed to be successful at Alabama, and with a talented young lineup already aboard, it would not be a very hard turnaround. There is no need to go over his credentials, as he is more than qualified to be the next coach at Alabama, but the question that will loom of this is will he leave Minnesota after only two years?
One thing is for sure—if Mal Moore can bring back a guest on his flight from Minneapolis to Tuscaloosa, the SEC West better watch out.
Likelihood of hire: 72 percent