After a day of stops and starts, multiple sources are now reporting that Ohio men's basketball coach Jim Christian has accepted the position to be the next men's basketball coach at Boston College. The Athens Messenger's Jason Arkley first reported the news; later confirmed by ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
BREAKING: Jim Christian has accepted head coaching offer from Boston College, according to several sources— Jason Arkley (@JasonAmessenger) April 3, 2014
Boston College has agreed in principle to a deal with Ohio University's Jim Christian, multiple sources told ESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 3, 2014
In two seasons with Ohio, Christian lead the Bobcats to 49 wins and two post-season tournament appearances. In 2012-2013 the Bobcats went 24-10 (14-2 MAC), winning a share of the MAC East and regular season title before falling to rival Akron 65-46 in the MAC Championship. The team followed that loss up with a first-round NIT loss to Denver.
Prior to Ohio, Christian served as the head coach at TCU and Kent State. He's owns the best career winning percentage amongst MAC coaches. For more on Christian, check out SB Nation's MAC blog, Hustle Belt.
Christian replaces Steve Donahue, who was fired mid-last month after going 54-76 in four seasons on the Heights.
More on the hire as the story develops.