ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports not only that Jim Christian is a candidate for Boston College's men's basketball head coach, but also that the current Ohio University head coach has interviewed for BC's gig. While Christian has yet to be offered the job, according to Goodman's sources, perhaps more interesting (and unsettling) is the update on the candidacies of Mark Schmidt and Mike Hopkins:
Boston College has interviewed Ohio University's Jim Christian and he's in the mix to replace Steve Donahue, sources said.
Christian, 49, interviewed with BC earlier in the week. Sources said he has not yet been offered the job.
At one point, Syracuse coach-in-waiting Mike Hopkins and St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt were believed to be among the leading candidates for the position. However, sources said both are no longer under consideration.
That Jim Christian is a serious contender for BC's hoops opening is troubling enough. That he's now the only candidate we can say with any degree of certainty is being considered? We're now at a point where Blauds's questions (What about Pat Skerry?) are approaching legitimacy.
At this point, unless Brad Bates pulls a rabbit out of his hat, he's going to have a lot of questions to answer about his approach to this search. The only thing giving me solace, at least, is that our friends at Wake seem to be facing a similar vacuum of information. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech's power move in signing Buzz Williams is looking ever more impressive.