Earl Grant

College of Charleston finally ends head coaching search

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The College of Charleston has finally found a head coach after a lengthy search that included a number of different candidates. According to an email send from College of Charleston president Glenn McConnell, the school has hired Clemson assistant coach Earl Grant as its new men’s basketball head coach.

The 37-year-old Grant replaces former head coach Doug Wojcik, who was fired on August 5th amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse of players and athletic department staff.

Grant was a finalist for the position along with N.C. State assistant and former Charlotte head coach Bobby Lutz. Last week, three candidates for the position, Anthony Johnson, Mike Young and Ritchie McKay all dropped out of the running for the job.

Grant is a native of North Charleston, South Carolina and has been an assistant at Clemson for four seasons. He is best known for recruiting K.J. McDaniels to the Tigers and Grant also spent six seasons under Gregg Marshall — three years at Winthrop and three years at Wichita State.

College of Charleston finished 14-18 and 6-10 in the CAA last season.

POSTERIZED: Texas A&M-CC with an off-the-backboard dunk

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This is pretty nice from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who has made a habit out of getting themselves on the highlight reel.

Here’s another angle of the dunk:

UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman out with a knee injury

UNLV forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. shoots against San Diego State during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.

The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.

They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.

That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.

Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me: