TUSCALOOSA, AL (WRCB)-- Multiple media reports have current ESPN basketball analyst Avery Johnson agreeing in principle to coach the Alabama Crimson Tide basketball team next season.

The 50 year old Johnson played for 16 years in the NBA, serving as head coach to the New Jersey Nets and the Dallas Mavericks, but has no experience coaching at the collegiate level.       

He'll succeed Anthony Grant, who was fired after six seasons in Tuscaloosa.

Johnson was Alabama's apparent second choice, after Wichita State's Gregg Marshall apparently turned down the job earlier this week.