Thursday , Apr , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Southern fires Michael Grant

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) – Southern University has fired men’s
basketball coach Michael Grant after two seasons at the helm.

According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, Grant was given official notice of the
school’s decision late Wednesday afternoon. However, he has been temporarily
placed in the position of assistant athletics director and the termination
will be effective beginning on May 15.

Grant, who had one year remaining on a three-year contract, was recently given
the choice of resigning or appealing the termination after it was discovered
that he had interviewed for the head coaching position at Youngstown State.
Although Grant ultimately did not get that job, he openly campaigned for the
spot by saying to the local media, “I cannot put it any simpler: I want this

Following Youngstown State’s decision, Grant has decided to appeal the firing
at Southern and he will have a formal hearing with the school’s athletic
committee on May 9.

Grant took over a program that had put together consecutive 20-loss seasons
for the first time in school history. In his tenure he compiled a 26-31
record, which included a 14-15 mark this past season, the Jaguars’ best since
1999-2000. Southern also did reach the Southwestern Athletic Conference
Tournament semifinals this year for the first time since 2001.