Cougars' next coach? Here are the odds-on favorites

Anthony Johnson, who played under John Kresse at the College of Charleston in the 1990s, is considered the frontrunner for the Cougars' head coaching position. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith/File)

The search committee appointed to find the next men's basketball coach at the College of Charleston spent the week narrowing its list of candidates down to a manageable number.

The committee had hoped to recommend a candidate to College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell by the start of classes, which begin Tuesday.

Interviews for the position have not begun, so that deadline is not likely to be met.

Among the names most mentioned for the job are former Cougars star Anthony Johnson, Clemson assistant coach and former Stall High School standout Earl Grant, Wofford coach Mike Young and former Rhode Island and Boston College head coach Al Skinner.

Other candidates include former Arkansas and South Florida head coach Stan Heath, North Carolina assistant coach C.B. McGrath, Virginia assistant coach Ritchie McKay and Tulane assistant coach Shammond Williams.

There also has been talk of bringing back former head coach Bobby Cremins on an interim basis or even going after Davidson head coach Bob McKillop.

Here's an unscientific breakdown of The Post and Courier's top candidates and the odds of each getting the job.

Anthony Johnson

Age: 39

Current job: Scout for NBA's New Orleans Pelicans.

Playing experience: Played for College of Charleston from 1992-97 and for 13 seasons in the NBA from 1997-2010.

Coaching experience: None.

Pros: One of the best players in school history and would be the first coach with ties to legendary College of Charleston coach John Kresse. His 13 years in NBA would bring instant credibility with the players and would get fan based excited.

Cons: No coaching experience.

Odds: 5 to 1.

Earl Grant

Age: 37

Current job: Assistant coach at Clemson.

Playing experience: Played two seasons at Division II Georgia College from 1999-2000.

Coaching experience: Assistant coach at Clemson (2010-current), Wichita State (2007-10), Winthrop (2004-07) and The Citadel (2002-04).

Pros: Grew up in Charleston playing at Stall High School and has coached in the Lowcountry with The Citadel. He's considered an excellent recruiter.

Cons: No head coaching experience.

Odds: 20 to 1.

Mike Young

Age: 51

Current job: Head coach at Wofford.

Playing experience: Played four seasons at Emory & Henry College (1982-86).

Coaching experience: Head coach Wofford (2002-current); assistant coach Emory & Henry (1986-88), Radford (1988-89), Wofford (1989-2002).

Pros: Has been a head coach for more than a decade and is a proven winner - 176-165 record with three NCAA tournament appearances.

Cons: Lost to the College of Charleston twice during the 2012-13 season, including a 79-50 loss at home.

Odds: 30 to 1.

Al Skinner

Age: 62

Current job: Assistant coach at Bryant College.

Playing experience: Four seasons at UMass from 1971-74 and seven seasons in the NBA and Europe from 1974-81.

Coaching experience: Head coach at Rhode Island (1988-97) and Boston College (1997-2010). Assistant coach at Marist (1982-84), Rhode Island (1984-88) and Bryant (2013-current).

Pros: Has been a head coach more than two decades. Led Rhode Island and Boston College to nine NCAA tournament appearances and three NIT spots. Has a house on Isle of Palms.

Cons: Had nine losing seasons in the 22 years as a head coach.

Odds: 50 to 1.

Bob McKillop

Age: 64

Current job: Head coach at Davidson.

Playing experience: One season at East Carolina (1969) and two seasons at Hofstra (1970-72).

Coaching experience: Head coach at Davidson (1989-current). Assistant coach at Davidson (1978-79).

Pros: Considered one of the top coaches in Southern Conference history with 472-292 record. Has led the Cons: Has an established program and might not want to leave to rebuild another.

Odds: 100 to 1

Bobby Cremins

Age: 67

Current job: Retired.

Playing experience: Three seasons at South Carolina (1973-75).

Coaching experience: Head coach at Appalachian State (1975-81), Georgia Tech (1981-2000) and College of Charleston (2006-01).

Pros: Has won everywhere he has coached. Has a 579-375 record with 11 NCAA Tournament appearances. Cremins was popular with players and fans at C of C.

Cons: Left as head coach of the Cougars in the middle of the 2011-12 season due to exhaustion. Never got the Cougars back into NCAA tournament.

Odds: 200 to 1.