Tag:Boston College
Posted on: November 26, 2010 12:59 am
Edited on: November 26, 2010 8:13 am

At least I had Wisconsin winning

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Old Spice Classic is really developing into a nice event.

Especially the consolation bracket.

I watched four games spread over nearly 12 hours Thursday here at the Milk House, and I saw a bunch of things I didn't expect to see. Like Boston College beating Texas A&M a week after losing to Yale. And California beating No. 21 Temple in what was supposed to be (but doesn't really look like) a rebuilding year for the Bears. And Georgia blowing a 12-point lead in the second half of a double-overtime loss to Notre Dame. Had I been asked to predict all four first-round games, I would've nailed Wisconsin over Manhattan and missed the other three. It was a strange day, but also typical given that this is college basketball and it's still November. In 11 hours I get to do it all again.

Here's Friday's schedule:

(All times ET)
  • Boston College vs. Wisconsin at noon
  • Texas A&M vs. Manhattan at 2:30
  • Notre Dame vs. California at 5:00
  • Georgia vs. Temple at 7:30
The Irish and Bears are the lone teams here still undefeated on the season.

Notre Dame is 5-0.

Cal is 3-0.
Posted on: April 9, 2010 9:56 am
Edited on: April 10, 2010 8:38 am

Sources: Clemson has interviewed at least five

Wright State's Brad Brownell is one of at least five coaches who interviewed for the opening at Clemson over the past two days, multiple sources have told CBSSport.com. The others are Wofford's Mike Young, Jacksonville's Cliff Warren, ODU's Blaine Taylor and former Boston College coach Al Skinner.

Brownell has won at least 20 games four straight years and was widely considered the Horizon League's best coaching prospect until Butler's Brad Stevens rose to prominence this season. The Indiana native was in play for the Indiana job that went to Tom Crean two years ago. His candidacy at Clemson suggests the ACC school is considering hiring a rising star as opposed to someone whose career is on the decline like Skinner, the 57-year-old who was fired at BC last week. Young and Taylor both led their teams to the NCAA tournament this season. Warren coached in the NIT.

Other candidates Clemson has, will or could target are VCU's Shaka Smart, Western Kentucky's Ken McDonald, Ohio's John Groce, Oklahoma's Jeff Capel and Baylor's Scott Drew. Multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Clemson officias desired a meeting with Arizona State's Herb Sendek, a former North Carolina State coach, but that he turned down an interview request.

Clemson is searching for a replacement for Oliver Purnell.

He left last Tuesday to take over at DePaul for more than $15 million.
Posted on: April 6, 2010 10:49 am

Cornell's Donahue takes BC job

INDIANAPOLIS -- Boston College has tentatively scheduled a press conference for Wednesday to introduce Steve Donahue as its next men's basketball coach.

Donahue comes to BC after leading Cornell to the Sweet 16.

He replaces Al Skinner, who was fired last week.

Skinner spent 13 seasons the school and made seven NCAA tournaments.
Posted on: March 30, 2010 8:13 am
Edited on: March 30, 2010 9:21 am

Report: BC fires Skinner

Boston College has scheduled an afternoon press conference to announce it has fired basketball coach Al  Skinner, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday morning on its web site.

Skinner spent 13 seasons at Boston College.

He made seven NCAA tournament appearances.

This development comes less than a week after Skinner interviewed for the vacancy at St. John's. BC officials have already asked for permission to speak with Richmond's Chris Mooney and Cornell's Steve Donahue, according to the Boston Globe. Harvard's Tommy Amaker and Northeastern's Billy Coen are other possibilities.
Posted on: March 26, 2010 1:56 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2010 2:03 pm

St. John's now talking to Skinner, Greenberg

St. John's search for Norm Roberts' successor continues with the school set to interview two ACC coaches.

Multiple sources have said Boston College's Al Skinner will interview, and the New York Times is reporting that Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg will also meet with St. John's officials. Greenberg has been perceived as a candidate since Roberts was fired. He's clearly the top target now that Florida's Billy Donovan has rejected overtures and Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt has passed on the opportunity to move to the Big East school.

Roberts coached six seasons at St. John's.

He's now serving as an analyst for CBSSports.com on March Madness on Demand broadcasts.

Posted on: February 16, 2010 10:02 am
Edited on: February 16, 2010 11:06 am

BC assistant allegedly shoves FSU band member

Boston College assistant Bonzie Colson shoved a Florida State pep band member and cursed at him before Sunday's loss at FSU, according to a report taken by an off-duty trooper working the game. The Florida State University Police Department is investigating the alleged incident.

It was first reported by Tallahassee.com.

"I ... was exiting the basketball court and found myself stuck between the media table and the basketball team," the student stated in writing, according to Tallahassee.com. "A coach was in my way ... I looked at him and said, ‘excuse me.’ He took his hands, one on each of my shoulders, and shoved me by him."

The student said Colson then told him, "Get the (expletive) off my court." Two other students submitted statements supporting the band member’s story, according to Tallahassee.com.

BC officials are aware of the report, which was forwarded to the FSUPD.

Maj. Jim Russell told Tallahassee.com the incident is being investigated as a possible battery.

Posted on: January 4, 2009 8:45 pm

Did I say UNC could go undefeated? Really?

The flaw in my opinion that North Carolina could go undefeated wasn't that the achievement is impossible.

The flaw was that I failed to recognize that UNC always loses home games it shouldn't.

There was a home loss to unranked Miami three seasons ago; a home loss to unranked Virginia Tech two seasons ago; a home loss to unranked Maryland last season; and now there's a home loss to unranked Boston College this season -- an 85-78 home loss Sunday night in which the Tar Heels were 23-point favorites.

So long, perfection.

So long, No. 1 ranking.

So what the hell are we to make of this?

Answer: A lot and nothing, if that makes much sense.

It means a lot because it shows the Tar Heels are fully capable of screwing this up in the win-or-go home format that is the NCAA tournament. On various nights they have to outscore their opponents because their defense can be suspect, and that's always going to be a concern, whether they can beat a quality opponent when they need 85 points to do it. On the other hand, it means nothing because you can check with any Las Vegas bookmaker and I assure you he'll still have the Tar Heels as the favorites to win the ACC and national title even if they no longer have the nation's best resume or body of work. So in the grand scheme of things, it's not a big deal except for that it ensures UNC won't be the first team to go undefeated since Bob Knight's 1976 Indiana Hoosiers, and it probably takes the Tar Heels out of the running for Team of the Decade or Team of the Century or whatever.

And that's too bad.

Because that's what I thought they could be.

But now they look more like Ivan Drago with a cut over his eye against Rocky Balboa than Ivan Drago with a smirk on his face against Apollo Creed, and if you don't know what I'm talking about you should really watch Rocky IV. To quote Duke the Trainer, the Tar Heels have been hurt, which proves they're not machines; they're men. And now they're hurt men with a questionable home loss to an inferior opponent, just like they were at some point in each of the past three seasons, too.

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