GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida moved quickly to contact
Anthony Grant about its coaching vacancy, calling him soon after
Billy Donovan left for the NBA.
But Grant still hasn't been offered the job, fueling speculation
that the situation might not be resolved as quickly as the Gators
Grant, a former Florida assistant under Donovan and the current
head coach at Virginia Commonwealth, released a statement Sunday
night that created several questions and provided few answers.
"I have been contacted by the University of Florida regarding
their coaching vacancy," Grant said. "I have not had any
in-person contact with any Florida representative, nor have I been
offered the job.
"At this point in time, I will have no further comment on this
situation as my focus is on my responsibilities at VCU."
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley did not immediately
return a phone message.
Foley had been scheduled to meet with Grant on Saturday. Grant's
statement suggested that didn't happen. But Foley may have met with
And it's not like Foley would need a face-to-face interview with
Grant. He spent 12 years as one of Donovan's top assistants,
including 10 seasons in Gainesville.
In short, the 41-year-old Grant has nearly as much imprint on
the Florida program as Donovan.
He left the Gators for VCU in 2006 and led the Rams to the NCAA
tournament in his first season. VCU upset Duke in the opening
Donovan signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the
NBA's Orlando Magic on Thursday, leaving Florida without a coach
for the first time in more than 11 years.
The Gators wanted to fill the spot as quickly as possibly,
trying to minimize the chance current players and recruits would
seek to play elsewhere.