â†µBoston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo must be a big Dirty â†µHarry fan, because there's apparently nothing he loves more than blowing â†µhis coaches' heads off with preposterously large guns after being given â†µlittle or no provocation. He terminated â†µfootball coach Jeff Jagondzinski, then 20-8 in two seasons at BC, â†µfor having the temerity to interview for an NFL job. And now he's offed â†µbasketball coach Al Skinner for missing the NCAA tournament for... â†µuh... â†µone consecutive year. Punks do not feel lucky on The Heights. â†µâ†µ
â†µIt would be one thing if either firing came paired with an obviously â†µattractive replacement candidate. Schools occasionally push fledgling â†µcoaches out of the nest when Urban Meyer's hanging around in the â†µMountain West or John Calipari's looking to blow town before the fuzz â†µcatches up with him. BC had no such candidates. The football coach is â†µnow an elderly guy with zero previous head coaching experience who will â†µprobably retire in the next few years, occasioning another coaching â†µsearch that will either land on an old retread no one wants or a guy who â†µwill have some success, sniff a higher-profile job, and get canned like â†µJags. â†µ
â†µMeanwhile, Tommy Amaker(!) is being mentioned as an attractive â†µcandidate to replace Skinner. Amaker has made one tournament in thirteen â†µyears as a head coach. Boston College blog Eagle in Atlanta dismisses that â†µpossibility but the â†µrest of the list consists of guys who came up under Skinner and â†µapparently won't be considered strongly, guys who aren't â†µcoming (BC alum Bruce Pearl most prominently) and the head coaches â†µat Cornell and Richmond. â†µâ†µ
â†µBoston College fired a guy who made seven tourneys in ten years after â†µbuilding BC up from a disaster zone for this? Neither Steve Donahue â†µ(Cornell) or Chris Mooney (Richmond) has any experience at a major â†µconference level or operated at a relative deficit to his conference â†µpeers, as they would certainly do at Boston College. They're complete â†µwildcards who would be extraordinarily lucky to have the same level of â†µsuccess Skinner-BC's most accomplished coach in their history- had only a year ago. â†µâ†µ
â†µWhile Skinner was aging and the program had started slipping, an â†µathletic department with a little patience or loyalty would have given â†µSkinner another year or two worth of rope. Tom O'Brien's â†µthen-inexplicable decision to jump from a perpetually nine-win BC â†µprogram to a basketcase like NC State now looks like a guy who was â†µeither pushed or saw DeFilippo polishing his gun daily and read the â†µwriting on the wall. He's not exactly safe with the Wolfpack, but if he'd â†µgone 16-21 the last three years at Boston College, the press conference â†µannouncing his firing would look like the final scene in â†µScarface. â†µâ†µ
â†µWord to wildly â†µsuccessful BC hockey coach Jerry York: wear a vest and try not to â†µlose to Miami in the Frozen Four. â†µâ†µ
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