The national media folks must smell blood in the water, because they've decided to go ALL IN on the speculation game surrounding the vacant Boston College men's basketball coaching job. The latest name to be put on a/the list is Florida Gulf Coast's Joe Dooley. Per ESPN's Jeff Goodman:
Florida Gulf Coast coach Joe Dooley, a former KU assistant, has also emerged as a legit candidate at Boston College, sources told ESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 1, 2014
I know what you're thinking ... Dunk City! Cool, right? Wrong. Dooley has been the head coach at Florida Gulf Coast for just one season, replacing Andy Enfield, who parlayed Dunk City's Sweet Sixteen appearance into the USC gig.
Dooley compiled a 22-13 record in his first season at FGCU, leading the Eagles to a share of the Atlantic Sun title and an automatic NIT berth. Prior to coaching at FGCU, Dooley was a 10-year assistant at Kansas, helping the Jayhawks to the 2007-08 National Championship. Dooley has also served as an assistant at South Carolina, East Carolina, New Mexico and Wyoming, as well as serving as the ECU head coach for four seasons (1995-99) without any significantly notable achievements.
Dooley played collegiately at George Washington, where he started his final two seasons and was named captain of the team his senior year. The 48-year-old coach has roots in the Northeast, a native of West Orange, New Jersey and played high school ball at St. Benedicts Prep. Dooley was reportedly a finalist for the Holy Cross job back in 2009.
The more names added to the list, the greater the chance that all the media speculation will be proven correct.