Bama Hires VCU's Grant

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Anthony Grant has been hired as Alabama's coach after three successful years with Virginia Commonwealth.

Alabama athletic director Mal Moore told The Associated Press on
Friday evening that a deal had been reached. A formal agreement is
expected to be signed later in the night.

The 42-year-old Grant, a former Florida assistant, led VCU to
two NCAA tournaments in three seasons. Moore said Grant had already
informed his team and VCU officials of his decision.

The hiring was first reported by The Birmingham News and
Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Moore and executive athletic director Dave Hart interviewed
Grant in Richmond last weekend. He spent Wednesday touring
Alabama's campus and meeting with other university officials.