We’re less than hour into the Earl Grant era of Boston College men’s basketball after Grant was reportedly hired as BC’s next coach, after a 127-88 run with the College of Charleston Cougars.
So, plenty of time to commence with the hot takes!
Sports Illustrated’s Kevin Sweeney is known for his extensive knowledge of midmajor basketball, and he had this to say, which seems on track with many opinions about the strengths and weaknesses of the hire:
Earl Grant is a really sharp coach. He's produced multiple legit pros from College of Charleston, his teams run good offense and he has ties to traditional ACC recruiting grounds...— Kevin Sweeney (@CBB_Central) March 15, 2021
He just has no ties to northeast and is coming off two years that weren't as good. https://t.co/1ZmzNOM4yx
Some positive reactions from hoops nerds (blogs covering St. John’s and Davidson):
Earl Grant is a really good coach. Good luck to BC getting it right this time https://t.co/GD2HhNtlfX— Rumble In The Garden (@rumbleSBN) March 15, 2021
Earl Grant is a phenomenal hire for BC. Young but experienced, has ACC assistant experience, good recruiter, etc etc. It doesn't fit geographically and its going to be a very long rebuild, but I think this is an A hire.— The Belk Report (@BelkReport) March 15, 2021
Meanwhile, our old friend Jeff Goodman was shocked:
Still cannot believe that BC hired Earl Grant over alum Mark Schmidt.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 15, 2021
Still cannot believe that BC hired Earl Grant over alum Mark Schmidt.
Still cannot believe that BC hired Earl Grant over alum Mark Schmidt. https://t.co/BCWpVK08HA
Blauds was also surprised, though at this point it should probably come as no surprise to him or anyone when a pick is totally off the board from the names he had been floating:
BC hiring a bb coach Earl Grant who lost twice to Northeastern coached by former BC assisstant Bill Coen this season.— Mark Blaudschun (@blauds) March 15, 2021
@BookOfBC seems to be roughly where most BC accounts are - confused, but hopeful things work out:
Earl Grant’s resume is solid. I’m not gunna hate on this guy too much. Just genuinely shocked after all the hype for Gates and Schmidt. Maybe they are going elsewhere and turned Kraft down. Who knows? Ultimately Grant has won at CoC and recruited in the acc before. We shall see.— The Resurrection (@BookofBC) March 15, 2021
But let us all hope to be sharing the opinion eventually of the man who renamed his account Earl Grant Fan Club:
all i’m saying is the excitement & culture around basketball in Charleston totally changed after Grant was hired.— Earl Grant Fan Club (@ForbAustin) March 15, 2021
he’s a great leader, great person, and had success on the court.
BC basketball is a long way from success, but Grant is absolutely the kind of coach you want rn