Coaching Carousel Spins On

Published by Dennis J. Zheng on March 31, 2010 at 3:10AM

As first reported by the Boston Globe early Tuesday morning, men's basketball coach Al Skinner has been let go from his position at Boston College. Skinner, who had been at BC since 1997 and was the school's winningest men's basketball coach, had his contract bought out last Wednesday, two days prior to his interview at St. John's—which hired ex-UCLA coach Steve Lavin Tuesday. Though he led his team to seven NCAA tournament appearances in 13 years, Skinner had struggled recently, as the Eagles finished under .500 twice in the past three seasons. According to some critics, the expectations of the ACC post were rather unrealistic.

The Ivy League figures to be a factor in filling the vacancy.

Current Harvard coach Tommy Amaker has been rumored to be a candidate, and Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com recently tweeted that Cornell coach Steve Donahue will interview for the BC position Wednesday. Northeastern's head coach Bill Coen, who was on Skinner's staff at BC for seven seasons, and Richmond's Chris Mooney have also been said to be candidates for the job.

In other coaching news, the Daily Pennsylvanian is reporting that Jerome Allen will be named Penn's men's basketball coach. Allen has served as interim head coach since the firing of Glen Miller Dec. 14.

Holy Cross fired men's basketball head coach Sean Kearney Tuesday after one season.