From Fox Sports, here is the statement BC Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo released regarding the firing of head basketball coach Al Skinner Tuesday:
"Coach Al Skinner and I met last Wednesday and agreed it would be mutually beneficial for us to part ways. In our meeting, we discussed our philosophical differences and our concern for the future of our basketball program.
"Coach Skinner then asked if we could delay the announcement so that he could pursue other opportunities. Out of respect for Coach Skinner, Boston college agreed. Other institutions were made aware we would be parting ways from the beginning of the process.
"All of us at Boston College have great respect for Coach Skinner. We are grateful for his achievements over the course of the past 13 years. We wish Al, Donna and their family nothing but the best.
"Our goal is to find a coach who shares our vision for Boston College basketball. We will begin a national search for a replacement immediately."