Grant, Lutz finalists for C of C basketball job

Clemson assistant basketball coach Earl Grant is one of two finalist for the College of Charleston head basketball job. ( Photo by Rex Brown)

And then there were two. Again.

Clemson assistant coach Earl Grant and former Charlotte head coach Bobby Lutz are the two finalists for the head coaching job at the College of Charleston, The Post and Courier has learned.

Grant, 37, was in the Lowcountry over the weekend for a second interview with school officials, a source inside the College's athletic department confirmed.

Lutz was interviewed on Saturday.

A final decision is expected to be made as soon as Sunday night by College of Charleston athletic director Joe Hull, the search committee's chairman, and school president Glenn McConnell, with a formal job offer and an official announcement coming either Monday or Tuesday, the source said.

Grant, a former Stall High School star, is considered the top candidate, the source said.

"I think Earl's their guy," the source said.

On Sunday, Virginia assistant coach Ritchie McKay pulled his name out of consideration.

"I'm going to stay at Virginia," McKay said in a text message to The Post and Courier. "The College of Charleston will get a really good coach. They have a talented team and there are some really good people there. The timing just wasn't right for me."

McKay became the third coach this week to withdraw from the search to replace Doug Wojcik, who was fired on Aug. 5 for allegations of physical and verbal abuse of players and athletic department staff.

Former Cougar star Anthony Johnson and Wofford head coach Mike Young withdrew their names within hours of each other this past Wednesday.

Grant and Lutz were part of the original six candidates that the eight-person search committee interviewed for the position earlier this month. The other candidate is former George Washington head coach Karl Hobbs.

Hobbs did not return repeated phone calls on Sunday.

Grant has built a national reputation as a top-notch recruiter. He played a pivotal role in signing All-ACC small forward K.J. McDaniels, who was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers this past June in the second round. Grant, who has been at Clemson for the past five seasons, has helped sign 10 of Clemson's 15 players who were on the floor this past season. He was Clemson's lead recruiter for players such as Austin Ajukwa, Jaron Blossomgame, Gabe DeVoe, Ibrahim Djambo, Sidy Djitte, Rod Hall, Patrick Rooks and McDaniels.

Before going to Clemson, Grant spent six seasons under Gregg Marshall, the former College of Charleston assistant coach. Grant was with Marshall from 2004-07 at Winthrop and then followed him for three more years at Wichita State from 2007-10.

Grant began his coaching career as an assistant at The Citadel from 2002-04.

As a player, Grant played two years at Division II Georgia College. He led the school to two appearances in the NCAA tournament and to consecutive Peach Belt Conference championships (1999, 2000).

In 2000, the Bobcats advanced to the Elite Eight of the Division II national tournament. He was a first-team All-Peach Belt selection in 2000.

Lutz, 56, compiled a 218-157 mark at Charlotte from 1998-2010. Lutz led the 49ers to five NCAA tournament appearances and three NIT berths. Lutz had five 20-win seasons during his 12 years with the 49ers. Lutz was fired in March 2010 after the 49ers went 19-12. Lutz, who was 180-89 at NIAI Pfeiffer from 1986-95, is currently an assistant coach at North Carolina State.