Gene DeFilippo Has An Itchy Trigger Finger

↵Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo must be a big Dirty ↵Harry fan, because there's apparently nothing he loves more than blowing ↵his coaches' heads off with preposterously large guns after being given ↵little or no provocation. He terminated ↵football coach Jeff Jagondzinski, then 20-8 in two seasons at BC, ↵for having the temerity to interview for an NFL job. And now he's offed ↵basketball coach Al Skinner for missing the NCAA tournament for... ↵uh... ↵one consecutive year. Punks do not feel lucky on The Heights. ↵

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↵It would be one thing if either firing came paired with an obviously ↵attractive replacement candidate. Schools occasionally push fledgling ↵coaches out of the nest when Urban Meyer's hanging around in the ↵Mountain West or John Calipari's looking to blow town before the fuzz ↵catches up with him. BC had no such candidates. The football coach is ↵now an elderly guy with zero previous head coaching experience who will ↵probably retire in the next few years, occasioning another coaching ↵search that will either land on an old retread no one wants or a guy who ↵will have some success, sniff a higher-profile job, and get canned like ↵Jags. ↵

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↵Meanwhile, Tommy Amaker(!) is being mentioned as an attractive ↵candidate to replace Skinner. Amaker has made one tournament in thirteen ↵years as a head coach. Boston College blog Eagle in Atlanta dismisses that ↵possibility but the ↵rest of the list consists of guys who came up under Skinner and ↵apparently won't be considered strongly, guys who aren't ↵coming (BC alum Bruce Pearl most prominently) and the head coaches ↵at Cornell and Richmond. ↵

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↵Boston College fired a guy who made seven tourneys in ten years after ↵building BC up from a disaster zone for this? Neither Steve Donahue ↵(Cornell) or Chris Mooney (Richmond) has any experience at a major ↵conference level or operated at a relative deficit to his conference ↵peers, as they would certainly do at Boston College. They're complete ↵wildcards who would be extraordinarily lucky to have the same level of ↵success Skinner-BC's most accomplished coach in their history- had only a year ago. ↵

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↵While Skinner was aging and the program had started slipping, an ↵athletic department with a little patience or loyalty would have given ↵Skinner another year or two worth of rope. Tom O'Brien's ↵then-inexplicable decision to jump from a perpetually nine-win BC ↵program to a basketcase like NC State now looks like a guy who was ↵either pushed or saw DeFilippo polishing his gun daily and read the ↵writing on the wall. He's not exactly safe with the Wolfpack, but if he'd ↵gone 16-21 the last three years at Boston College, the press conference ↵announcing his firing would look like the final scene in ↵Scarface. ↵

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↵Word to wildly ↵successful BC hockey coach Jerry York: wear a vest and try not to ↵lose to Miami in the Frozen Four. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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