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Racers' Kane to reunite with Grant at Dayton

By EDWARD MARLOWE emarlowe@paducahsun.com

MURRAY -- It's official: Murray State men's basketball assistant James Kane will reunite with Anthony Grant, who this past offseason was hired to replace Archie Miller as the lead skipper for the Dayton Flyers.

Miller was hired by the University of Indiana to replace Tom Crean.

First reported by Dayton Flyers beat reporter David Jablonski of the Dayton Daily News, the pair are hardly strangers. Kane was a graduate assistant, and then later video coordinator, under Grant at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2006-09. The Rams picked off sixth-seeded Duke in the opening round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, and then went on to win back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association titles in 2008 and '09.

When Grant got hired to coach at the University of Alabama, Kane followed suit and remained on his staff before being hired by former Murray State head coach Steve Prohm at the start of the 2011-12 season.

Last season was his sixth at Murray State and second under current head coach Matt McMahon, who was hired alongside Kane under Prohm's tenure. Under McMahon, he had ties to recruitment, player development, game-planning and video efforts in the program.

"I'm excited to bring James to our staff at Dayton," Grant said in a release. "He is an extremely hard worker who was a very valuable member of our staffs at VCU and Alabama, and he has grown into a top-flight assistant coach during his time at Murray State. Every place he has been, he has been a part of a winning basketball program."

Kane was a pivotal recruiter for the Racers during his time in Murray, and was often connected with players located in the southern United States and particularly Florida, his native state.

Prior to getting into the college game, Kane spent the 2005-06 season as an intern for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats in basketball operations and scouting analysis. He graduated in 2005 from the University of Florida as a merit scholar with a degree in sport management and a minor in business administration. In 2006, he earned a master's degree in sport management from VCU's Center for Sport Leadership.

He joins a staff at Dayton that includes Anthony Solomon, Ricardo Greer and Darren Hertz.

Kane's departure leaves McMahon with Tim Kaine and Shane Nichols as his staff.

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