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Bama’s Grant Says Green Won’t Play Thursday

Scream that he’s costing his team a possible NCAA Tournament berth.  Call him bullheaded, a throwback to another era.

But don’t call Anthony Grant lax on discipline.

Yesterday, Alabama’s coach announced that leading scorer JaMychal Green would return to his team while fellow starter Tony Mitchell would remain suspended for the rest of the season.  Green did return to practice today, but he won’t be returning to the Tide lineup until Saturday at the earliest because, “he’s not playing Thursday,” Grant announced today.  Alabama — 17-9 and in need of wins to grab an at-large tourney bid — will visit Arkansas on Thursday.

“We’ll see how the week goes this week, and we’ll make some decisions after Thursday,” Grant said of Green, who’s already been suspended two weeks for a violation of team rules.

As for Mitchell, Grant said only, “I don’t know,” when asked if he might return to Alabama’s program next season.  Mitchell was initially punished for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

You have to say this for Grant — He’s willing to pay the price to run a disciplined program.  Losses could cost his team an NCAA bid, yes, but down the road a lack of NCAA bids could cost him his job.  The man has principles.


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