But Mal Moore hired Grant from VCU yesterday to coach Alabama. The Dawgs are still very quiet (the official Dawgs, not the bloggerati and media).
Two things about this hire (as I noted last night in a comment responding to Jimmy Cracked Corndawg). First, this tells me all I need to know about who is closer to right about Donovan’s future in Gainesville (hint, it is not channel 35 in Orlando). Grant and Donovan are tight. The only (sound) reason I can think of for Grant to leave Moore twisting in the wind is UK’s decision could have an impact on which SEC program Grant might end up at. With UK running Joe Billy off and Donovan sending statements about his commitment to UF before the Kentucky HR disaster was over, Grant knew Bama was his place. Grant pulled the trigger.
Second, I trust Damon. It has been well observed (again by both the media, please put aside it is Bradley, and the bloggerati) that this is Damon’s signature hire, possibly (hopefully) of his whole AD tenure. He has to get this right (for examples of why, go back and watch the news conference from Auburn after Tubberville was fired or when Chizic was hired). He has a boss that will absolutely throw him under the bus if he gets it wrong. He is fishing in very deep water with a very big pole. He is probably dealing with the mostest shrewd agent on earth, one that has bought and renamed a small country Sextonia dealing with lesser ADs in the SEC. He has a fanbase that is teetering on a precipice that will either go to complete, rabid support of basketball or to ‘why are we spending money on this crap’. He has to get this right.
So, where does that leave Georgia? Either we have established back channel communications with one or more of the coaches still in the tournament or Damon is completely lost in the woods. I don’t think there is any other way it can be, at least to my way of thinking.
So that leaves us with
or (shall we dream?)
One last thought, this won’t be a crazy, out of left field hire. We might not get one of the guys we have been hearing about. We might not get someone who is still in the tournament. We will get someone with a solid coaching background, who has been a winner, who has shown the ability to coach, recruit and be the face of a program. Damon has seen what happens when your react to a fanbase or decide you have to be the prettiest girl in the media room during the hiring process. He is ok with being (metaphorically) the one that goes home with the prince at the end of the dance. That is why it will be a good hire.