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Coach-pocalypse

Title not intended to be as morbid as it sounds...

As we (presumably) come closer to learning the identity of BC basketball's new head coach, there are lots of varying opinions on who BC should be targeting. People throw around lots of names with varied allure attached to them but many are unrealistic or already off the table.

My question: Assuming Jay Wright, Howland, Shaka, etc. are not going to happen, what do people want to see in this coach? Most would agree the coach has to be able to recruit, sell the program, and re-energize the fanbase as step one.

Perhaps more importantly are some theoretical things that will materially change the program. In the absence of a "home run hire", would you rather have a coach with a higher ceiling (McCarty?, Skerry?) or a lower floor (Schmidt?). Someone that would stay a long time (Hurley, O'Shea) or use it as a resume builder (Hopkins).

Can BC be consistently competitive without stability in the head coaching position? Not a big fan of "what ifs" but if Hopkins leaves in 4 years, is BC back where they started but with a slightly better program? Many of the inherent challenges of the job remain. I'm starting to think it might actually be worth the risk of someone with a higher ceiling and BC loyalty but also a chance of failure, because that's the only way you really get staying power among the elite.

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