TULSA, OK - MARCH 18: Head coach Patrick Chambers of the Boston University Terriers signals from the sidelines against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Pat Chambers is leaving the Boston University basketball team to take over at Penn State. Not a bad move at all for Chambers, going from a team that will never get past the first round of the NCAA Tournament to a Big Ten, major conference program. Like every other coaching change, Chambers departure brings along a speculation of his replacement. Via Boston.com:
"If BU AD Lynch wants to stay local he could take a look at BC associate head coach Joe Jones, who was head coach at Columbia before joining Steve Donahue’s staff last season. He could also consult Northeastern assistant Pat Duquette, who was on Al Skinner’s staff at BC.
Lynch could also consider Skinner, who certainly has the credentials coaching in the Atlantic 10, Big East, and ACC."
Lots of coaches names with BC ties thrown in that list and all of them make a lot of sense for Boston University. They all have experience with the Northeast, recruited around here and for the assistants, it could be a great way to start a career as a head coach. However, it's hard to see how Al Skinner would benefit from taking a job with BU. After being fired by BC, Skinner would be taking a huge step backwards going to a team like BU. What would Skinner gain from coaching in America East? As a BC fan it's hard to hold a grudge against Al. He did a great job for the most part here with the system he was given.
Given his track record with Boston College and Rhode Island, wouldn't it would make more sense if he waited and tried to get a job with a program in a major conference like the ACC, SEC or Big East? At 58, Skinner isn't a spring chicken, but he still has some good years ahead of him. Would he really want to set off into the sunset with the Terriers? It will be interesting to see what direction BU goes in during their coaching search.