"Jim Christian brings three remarkable traits to Boston College basketball," athletic director Bill Bates said. "First, he sincerely cares about his student-athletes and will be a catalyst for their development as basketball players, scholars, servers and leaders, while creating a family culture that brings pride to the BC community. Second, his energy is contagious and his passion inspiring, which will resonate throughout our program. Finally, he is a proven winner with an outstanding winning percentage and three conference championships. We are very excited to have Jim Christian leading Boston College basketball, and look forward to an extraordinary future."
Boston College officials, who interviewed but decided against hiring Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins, have tabbed Ohio University's Jim Christian as the school's next coach.
Today's topic? It's Mike Hopkins ... or more accurately, it's Mike Hopkins' would-be mating dance with the Boston College Eagles before it was announced that Ohio's Jim Christian would get the gig.
"We had a very deliberate, meticulous process and it led us to the conclusion of Jim Christian as our head coach. He emerged pretty early on as a strong candidate and certainly separated himself in the home stretch. I was very pleased with the patience and feedback that our current team members gave us throughout the process, and their constant communication. I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work with Jim and bring him in as our leader of the basketball program."
I feel like Jim Christian is a placeholder. I am more optimistic than most about the hire, but doubt he will be here in five years.
And now for something completely different... a reminder of an important upcoming remembrance for our community.
In the year since the Boston Marathon bombing, much has changed-for the survivors, for the runners, and for the city itself. Marathon Monday has always been a special day at the Heights, and as the 2014 Marathon draws near, race-loving Eagles are bracing for tighter security, a ban on "bandit" runners (those who are not officially registered), and sobering memories of last year's horrific events. And they are watching for the daffodils to bloom. The BC community rallied in the aftermath of the bombings to remember the three victims and support the injured.
And some Frozen Four/hockey stories
Boston College junior forward Johnny Gaudreau is College Hockey News' 2013-14 Player of the Year. Gaudreau has already stockpiled dozens of honors, and is a favorite to win this year's Hobey Baker Award. It's the second straight season Gaudreau is in the Hobey Hat Trick, signifying him as a top-three vote getter.
The Hobey Baker Award has been signed, sealed, and a week from now will be delivered to Gaudreau. But there's another BC forward who's also a finalist and deserves a share of that limelight. Kevin Hayes plays the wing opposite Gaudreau on a line centered by Bill Arnold, one that has become the most feared unit in college hockey.
Is this North Dakota squad a team of destiny? Will an eighth national championship banner be hanging from the rafters when we get to the Ralph next season?