Feb 15, 2014; Columbia, SC, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Anthony Grant reacts to a play against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half at The Colonial Life Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

The Future of Anthony Grant and Alabama Basketball

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There is a lot on the line tonight as Coach Grant leads the Crimson Tide basketball team into action in the SEC Tournament. What’s on the line? Five million dollars. That’s how much the University of Alabama will owe head coach Anthony Grant if they decide to move coaching Tide hoops in another direction.

According to C. M. Newton, the coach who revived Alabama basketball in the early 70s, Grant should stay at Alabama a couple more seasons. Winless on the road this season, the 13-18 Crimson Tide will face 18-12 LSU in the first round of the tournament.

Fans have been vocal all season about the disappointing effort from the Crimson Tide but not everyone agrees what should be done about it. Many say it is time to cut the cord and start a new era for a Tide program that is lagging behind other sports on campus. In recent years, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, gymnastics and softball have won national championships. Basketball has struggled to find an identity. One thing is certain, no one wants to discover their identity sitting in the cellar. Alabama fans want to win.

A year from now, will fans be wondering how the Bruce Pearl era slipped through the cracks, or will fans be saying Coach Grant really stepped up? Should a program that gave us greats like Horry, Sprewell, Robinson, King, Johnson and others be content to merely exist? Things cannot remain the same.

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