Boston College men's basketball coaching search, day 9: No new news regarding the nation's quietest men's basketball coaching search.
Here's the list of names that have been floated as possibilities for the vacant Boston College men's basketball position over the past few days. At this point, I have no reason other than to think that all of these candidates are purely speculative, but get ready to power down the expectations machine nonetheless ...
Mike Hopkins. The long-time Syracuse assistant could be at the top of the list of Boston College's list of candidates. Hopkins is set to follow Jim Boeheim as the coach of the Orange whenever Jimmy decides to hang them up.
Tommy Amaker. Shocking, I know.
Pat Skerry. Supposedly BC's "Plan B," the current Towson coach hails from nearby Medford and played college ball at Tufts so he knows New England. Skerry is known as a top recruiter, having served as an assistant at Rhode Island (2005-08), Providence (2008-10) and Pittsburgh (2010-11). Skerry has the Tigers at 25-10 (13-3 CAA) and in the CIT Quarterfinals. Since he's still coaching, I can't imagine he's "in the mix" just yet.
Mike Lonergan. Lonergan guided George Washington to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007, posting a 24-9 (11-5 A-10) record this season before bowing out of the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Memphis. Lonergan has taken GW from 10-21 to 24-9 and has won every step of the way, including a Division III National title at Catholic University of America and an NCAA Tournament appearance at Vermont.
Tim O'Shea. A former Skinner assistant at both Rhode Island and Boston College, O'Shea is the current coach at Bryant. Bryant recently made the transition to Division I and O'Shea has guided the Bulldogs from a 1-29 season all the way to the CBI. Prior to serving as Bryant's head coach, O'Shea was the coach at Ohio, leading the Bobcats to the NCAA Tournament in 2004-05. One of the few Boston College alums associated with the opening.
Bill Coen. Northeastern head coach. Blauds just spitballing.
Mark Schmidt. Schmidt recently completed his seventh season at St. Bonaventure, compiling a 17-14 record (6-10 in the A-10). In seven seasons, Schmidt is three games under .500 (105-108) with the Bonnies. Prior to coaching at St. Bonaventure, Schmidt was the head coach at Robert Morris for six seasons. He played at Boston College in one of the most successful classes in program history -- reaching the Elite Eight as a freshman in 1982 under Dr. Tom Davis and the Sweet Sixteen as a sophomore and senior under Gary Williams.
Tom Moore. Quinnipiac's head coach. Another Coaching Candidates by Blauds entry.
In actual bona fide college basketball coaching carousel news ...
Manhattan College has placed coach Steve Masiello on leave while the school reviews his degree status at the University of Kentucky.
Over at Wake Forest, much like the BC search, the Deacons coaching search is dragging out with not much public information out there. VCU's Shaka Smart, Ben Howland, Wichita State's Gregg Marshall and Amaker are floated as possibilities for the position over at Blogger So Dear. Like the BSD boys, I'm OK with the BC search dragging out so long as BC brings in a coach that can turn things around.
Mercer coach Bob Hoffman confirms that he'll interview with South Florida. The Tampa Tribune also lists UMass' Derek Kellogg, Louisiana Tech's Mike White, Southern Miss's Donnie Tyndall and Florida assistant John Pelphrey as unofficial candidates.
N.C. State associate head basketball coach Bobby Lutz has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Jeff Capel at Appalachian State.
Marquette now has a University President, though it has yet to hire an Athletics Director or a men's basketball coach.
Remaining Division I job openings counter -- 17 (of 351): Boston College, Delaware State, Florida Atlantic, Houston, IUPUI, Jacksonville, Manhattan?, Marquette, Marshall, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Montana State, Southeastern Louisiana, South Florida, Tennessee State, UNC-Wilmington, Wake Forest, Washington State