Grant hopes to lead Alabama, his 'first choice'

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Anthony Grant sat down with his oldest son and talked about the chance to "be significant," to take an Alabama program that has never been to the Final Four and build it into a basketball power.

The 42-year-old Grant said he appreciated the significance of being the Tide's first black men's basketball coach.

Grant and his family were greeted by several hundred fans and Alabama's pep band, cheerleaders and dance team at the Tuscaloosa airport Sunday. His four children were all decked out in crimson gear.

Grant takes over a program that has missed the postseason three years running, a span when he was leading VCU to three regular-season Colonial Athletic Association titles and two NCAA tournaments.

Neither Grant nor Alabama athletic director Mal Moore would discuss terms or length of the deal, reportedly in the $2 million range.

At least one Alabama player was familiar with Grant, who met with the team Sunday.

Freshman center JaMychal Green of Montgomery was on the Under-18 USA Basketball national team over the summer and Grant was an assistant coach.

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