Anthony Grant Fired by Alabama: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2015

Alabama head coach Anthony Grant speaks to players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament against Florida, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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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:

B.J. Millican @bjmillican

Here's the entire statement from UA on the firing of Coach Anthony Grant http://t.co/c1CPl20S2A

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:

Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello

Alabama AD: "We are ultimately judged by wins and losses on the court and ... we haven't made satisfactory progress in that area."

Former player Andrew Steele reacted to the news:

Andrew Steele @D_Steele22

Hate to hear the news about Coach Grant. He's the best coach I've ever played for and a big reason I'm the man I am today

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.

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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.

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