BC Fires Al Skinner

Al Skinner's time on the Heights has come to an end. The Boston Globe is now reporting that the BC basketball coach has been fired. There will be a press conference today at noon ET.

Skinner was informed of the decision last night, and a coaching search will begin immediately. Rumored candidates include Richmond coach Chris Mooney, Cornell coach Steve Donahue, Harvard's Tommy Amaker and Northeastern's Bill Coen.

After 13 seasons on the Heights, Skinner finishes as BC's all-time winning coach with a record of 247-165. He took home National Coach of the Year honors in 2001 and was a two-time Big East Coach of the Year. However, pressure has been mounting to put a winning product back on the court. Over the last three seasons, BC has finished under .500 twice, missing the postseason altogether.

Reading the tea leaves, it sounds like Steve Lavin will be introduced as St. John's next basketball coach as early as today, with Skinner and Rhode Island coach Jim Baron running a distant second and third.

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