Florida requests, receives OK to speak with Grant

Florida isn't waiting a second to begin its search for basketball coach Billy Donovan's replacement. Athletics director Jeremy Foley requested and received permission to interview Virginia Commonwealth coach Anthony Grant on Friday, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

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Grant is considered one of the bright, young coaches in college basketball.

Foley was in Richmond briefly Saturday, flying in on a private jet with the intent of meeting with Grant about replacing Donovan. As of late Saturday, multiple sources told ESPN.com's Andy Katz that no offer had been made and there were no plans for a news conference.

That doesn't mean Grant won't be the choice or that someone else may still be a viable candidate.

Donovan was named coach of the NBA's Orlando Magic on Friday.

Grant, who led the Rams to a 28-7 record and Colonial Athletic Association title in his first season, was an assistant at Florida under Donovan for 10 seasons. Virginia Commonwealth also upset Duke 79-77 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament this past season.

Grant, 41, is a native of Miami and is credited with recruiting many of the players who led the Gators to back-to-back national championships the last two seasons. Grant played at Dayton and also coached under Donovan at Marshall.

Grant earned a little more than $300,000 last season, including incentives, and the school restructured his contract to increase his base salary to around $400,000 annually.

Mark Schlabach covers college football and basketball for ESPN.com.