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I think Grant is a great coach. His team's hustle and defensive play is amazing and they wear other teams down. Injuries in basketball play a much larger role than in football and in the past four years our teams have been bitten by the injury bug more times than I can ever recall. He has recruited good players but has not landed elite outside scorers. He also has made a big mistake in simply not having enough scholarship players.
Some are saying if we don't make it to March Madness he should be gone. I do not agree. I think coach Grant has the makings of one of the best coaches in the country.
This post was edited by Lipscomb_Tide 19 months ago
Mal Moore: "You changed my life when you came here." Saban:"No, Mal, you changed my life. I’m a better coach. I’m a better person"
Coach Grant needs to work on his media relations, adding depth to this team, and mentally preparing them for a long season. He will not be fired this year, but he really needs a big class in 2013 or he doesn't see 2014 IMO.
Serious question: have you watched us play at all this year?
He is not great, Coach K is great, while CAG has done some good things at UA, he is not close to being great IMO, Great Coaches are competitive for years, win championships and build programs that make the tourney on a regular basis.
Great no, good?
I like the guy and like how hard we play on defense, but it's time the program takes the next step. I think he needs to get to the big dance and at least win one game, or he'll be on the hotseat next year. As you watch VCU play for Shaka Smart, you wonder if we got the wrong guy from there.
I had hoped that the program would show more progress since his hiring but I have a hard time laying all of that at his feet. High school basketball in this state seems to have regressed lately and there just aren't as many legit D1 prospects out there; we don't seem to have much if any interest in keeping the roster full by picking up the occasional juco player, even though they have certainly helped us in the past. I definitely think he should be retained for another year, barring a complete come apart this season, but if things don't pick up some decisions probably need to be made. Maybe basketball isn't really that relevant to the decision makers any more. I sure do miss C.M. and Wimp.
I'm with you Nash. I've not been pleased with our player development and lack of offensive preparation, planning, and creativity. In fact, I'm not really sure what he's trying to do offensively at all...
And this is evident and in no way affected by the injuries.
1960 Les Paul
I like him a lot on some things: D, hustle, great role model and class representative for the program and university
But he needs major changes in: Offensive philosophy, media/ fan relations / program promotion, and overall roster management and recruiting philosophy
His O system is on the verge of severely hampering recruiting.
He's "good" and i do believe he can be very good. But he's gotta make some major fundamental changes in his approach to this program
My issues with him are many, but we're not even halfway through this season. He should absolutely be given support by fans, admin, etc. and I expect this is what will happen. As it should.
But you're precisely right. We have no identity as a program right now.
The perception exists that our "identity" is to play fast on offense and cause a lot of turnovers on defense. In reality, our defensive tempo ALLOWS as many buckets as it prevents. We give up at least 10 points a game simply because teams break our press and we're lazy getting back. Dayton had at least 7 or 8 run outs that resulted in easy layups because our guys either didn't execute a press/trap or were so dog tired from running it all game that they didn't get back to the other end of the court.
When you take into consideration that we have no real offensive gameplan whatsoever and can't make open shots even when we do luck into them, giving up 10-12 garbage points a game is basically enough to get us beat against any decent competition, regardless of what else happens in the game.
I'm most troubled by Grant's general malaise on the bench. Our team seems hopeless because our coach seems hopeless. I know he's not a rah rah kind of guy, but this group looks like it has no answers, and the season seems to be slipping away from them.
And there's a general attitude that he can't control these issues because of a thin roster. Yes. I agree. But he could control the shatty recruiting the last 3 years and even shattier player development. Lacey is a great athlete but we haven't figured out how to use him and harness his ability. Pollard looks woefully tentative and downright scared at times, but he's a freshman so I'll give him a pass. There's no way to explain the regression of Nick Jacobs. He was probably the guy I was most excited about, but he's been awful this year. Dreadful.
At the end of this year, if we flame out in the NIT (and right now, there's no logical reason to expect anything better), then we need to take a serious look at the direction of this program and its leadership. One NCAA appearance and zero NCAA wins in 4 seasons could be accomplished by someone who'd command half as much money as we're paying CAG, and I was very excited about his hire when it was announced.
This post was edited by NashTide 19 months ago
come on guys..he is average. this is year 4.
im not calling for his head but its obvious we arent going to be a sweet 16 team with him either
Grant has recruited quality guys, just not enough of them. That is the big problem. Bama showed at MSG that they are capable of playing at a high level. I don't know what's happened the past couple of games. It's like our team just gave up after the guys went down to injury. It's basketball and it's early. I think they have too much pride to just mail it in. But absolutely, where is the depth?
not sure if serious.
Can a coach be "Great" with only one tournament win over 5 years ago against a middle of the road Duke team that year? Shaka Smart had 6 tourney wins in the last 2 years by the way.
I have to admit that I'm I losing faith.
Like I said at the beginning of this year, Getting to the tournament and winning a game would be a success for us. I think we should all think that way this year. Losing the Swede and Steele are bigger than we think. Yes, I know a giraffe has more athletic ability than the Swede, but he was doing GOOD ENOUGH for us. Getting to the tourney will be tough, but I still think we can do it.
This post was edited by tarheel03 19 months ago
IMO he should have run everyone that looked at him the wrong way his 1st year. I know he wouldn't have won many games but he could have started with a clean slate instead of just now having a young group of players who might develop into a good team. I know CNS 1st year I think he had a round 50 suspensions but the state was loaded in high school talent in 2008 & CNS can recruit & the rest is history. Alabama basketball will never be able to recruit the way the football team does because of tradition so I hope Coach Grant can develop these players & have a big recruiting class this year
If we don't make it to March Madness he should be gone.
Agree with this.
His teams play incredibly hard, and while they can be frustrating to watch, at least they aren't frustrating for the same reasons CMG teams were. I agree that he can work on some things, but I am not ready to write him off
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