Anthony Grant Takes Over the Reigns of Alabama Basketball

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IMarch 27, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 19:  Anthony Grant head coach of the VCU Rams talks to the team during the game against the UCLA Bruins during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Wachovia Center on March 19, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Alabama Crimson Tide have their new head basketball coach—Anthony Grant. Grant agreed on Friday afternoon to become the first African-American head coach at Bama.

VCU lost only eight days ago, but most everyone, including the Ram Nation knew he might be on his way out to head to a BCS school.

He will be officially introduced on Sunday at 7 PM in the Naylor Stone Media Room in the Mal M. Moore Athletic Building at UA.

After Billy Donovan refused the vacant position at Kentucky and said that he would remain at Florida, it did not take long for Grant to accept the offer in Tuscaloosa.

Grant was interviewed in Richmond last weekend by UA officials and made an official visit to the campus on Wednesday with his wife. He also met with football coach Nick Saban during his visit.

Coach Grant coached three seasons at VCU, winning the regular-season title thrice and claiming two conference titles in 2007 and 2009, both against George Mason.