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      Alabama AD: Basketball coach Anthony Grant's job is 'safe'

      Alabama coach Anthony Grant is returning for a fifth season, athletics director Bill Battle said Friday, March 14, 2014.

      Alabama coach Anthony Grant is returning for a fifth season.

      Athletic director Bill Battle wrote on his blog Friday that, "Grant has earned the chance to continue building this program into the winner that we all know it should be."

      The Crimson Tide fell to 13-19 last season and lost to LSU 68-56 Thursday night in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

      Grant had led the Tide to an average of 23 wins over the previous three seasons, including an NIT championship game appearance. Alabama made it to the NCAA tournament in 2012.

      Two players transferred before the last season and a third was dismissed. Battle says "this is a program that is not adrift, and is not devoid of leadership and talent."

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