Posted 06/01/2007 at 12:52 PM
University of Florida AD Jeremy Foley asked for and received permission to talk to VCU head coach Anthony Grant on Thursday night. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Foley and Grant will meet on Saturday.
Grant is the man for the job and this is going to happen quick. GatorBait.net and GatorCountry.com are reporting that this is a done deal and will be announced on Monday at the latest.
Check out my story on VI's college basketball arena for more on this topic. In short, I think this is the right move and will make for a very smooth transition for the players, all of whom are familiar with Grant, who spent 12 years on Donovan's staff, including 10 at UF before bolting for VCU before this past season.
At this morning's press conference in Orlando, Billy Donovan gave Grant a ringing endorsement and credited him for being as responsible as anyone for the Gators' success in the last decade.
**B.E.'s Bonus Nuggets**
--I'm guessing that Cubs RHP Carlos Zambrano would've scripted his season a little differently. That was batting practice for the Braves today.
--It's June and the Yankees and Devil Rays are tied for last place in the AL East. Nice work, Brian Cashman. I hope you're ready for your pink slip. If this was the '80s, The Boss would've sent you packing a long time ago.
--Cry me a river, Kobe.
--Change your mind again, Kobe.
--Memo to Hawks GM Billy Knight: If you trade for Kobe, I'm moving back to Florida.
--What's the difference between LeBron's supporting cast and Kobe's? Very little, although VI cohort Chris David did make the valid point to me that LeBron's in the East, so my comparison is a tad unfair. That's fair, but I don't care. The point is that LeBron's on the cusp of the Finals with a similar cast of supporters, while Kobe's at home crying like a little girl in dire need of some attention since his season ended a long time ago.
--Great columns today -- in regards to Billy D -- by the Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi and ESPN.com's Pat Forde.
--Ready to feel old? It was 20 years ago when Isiah Thomas made the worst pass of his career, then went racist after the game, and we heard one of the all-time great radio calls ever: "There's a steal by Bird, underneath to D.J." Seems like yesterday.