Alabama went 6-11 in its final 17 games, which ultimately cost it a chance at the 2015 NCAA tournament. The school responded by firing coach Anthony Grant.
Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News reported Sunday that the Crimson Tide fired Grant after his sixth season with the team. Alabama finished 18-14 on the season and 8-10 during SEC play.
Sports producer B.J. Millican passed along the full statement on the firing from Alabama:
Alabama announced that John Brannen will serve at the team's interim head coach.
Grant coached at VCU for three seasons before joining Alabama and never really established a consistent winner in the SEC. While football will always be king at Alabama, the athletic department was looking for more wins on the hardwood given this quote, via Jeff Borzello of ESPN:
Former player Andrew Steele reacted to the news:
Grant’s 2011-12 Alabama squad cracked the Associated Press Top 25, and he won more than 20 games three seasons in a row from 2010-13. However, the Crimson Tide were a disappointing 13-19 last season and crumbled down the stretch this season when they had a chance at the Big Dance.
It ultimately cost Grant his job. The team will now look to turn the page and move forward in hopes of more success.
Grant's future, meanwhile, remains to be seen.