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POLL: Who do you think Brad will pick? Also, add your Favorite!

Brian's headliner post today since you need 745 characters!

Ben Howland VCU's Shaka Smart or Howland.

Bates needs to strike while the iron is still hot.

Most of the rumored candidates for the position are no longer coaching this season anyway. Ed Cooley (Providence), Derek Kellogg (UMass), Mike Lonergan (George Washington) and Steve Masiello (Manhattan) all had short-lived stays in this year's NCAA Tournament, while other guys like Pat Skerry (Towson) and Joe Jones (Boston University) are also done for the year. Ben Howland and Jim Calhoun are out of coaching entirely. Unless you are one of the 32 coaches left standing in the NCAA Tournament*, operators are standing by.

If Bates is simply waiting on Harvard's NCAA Tournament run to end to tab the media's clear favorite, Tommy Amaker, as the next Boston College head coach, that's fine. Amaker wouldn't be one of my top choices, but I could live with the hire. In other words, if BC's hiring floor is a coach with major conference experience as a player (Duke), assistant (Duke) and head coach (Seton Hall and Michigan) -- and one that's very successful at his current coaching stop (Harvard) -- that's hardly a bad position to be in.

If the football coaching search is any indication, Bates won't bend to the pressure and won't rush any decision. However, I hope that by now the AD has made up his mind on what he wants out of the next Boston College men's basketball head coach. The supply of head coaches that fits that last bucket -- "splash hire" / great fit -- is a very small one and one that BC will face increasing competition as this process drags on.


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