Wednesday, March 31, 2010

SKINNER OUT AT B.C.

As reported here yesterday, Al Skinner is out as the Boston College basketball coach, ending a 13-year tenure in which he led the Eagles to more wins than anyone else in school history.
Athletic director Gene DeFilippo said Skinner’s departure was by mutual agreement noting Skinner will be paid for the remaining three years on his contract.

“Change is good sometimes. How many basketball coaches have been in the same position for 13 years? Very, very few,” said DeFilippo, who arrived in Chestnut Hill shortly after Skinner in 1997 on the heels of a gambling scandal that had devastated the athletic department.

DeFilippo said he was looking for a more exciting style of play than the banging, Big East style that Skinner favored and that DeFilippo blamed for half-empty arenas that have long plagued the Eagles.

Attendance has declined for four straight years at the 8,606-seat Conte Forum, and though Skinner would play lunchtime pickup games on campus he was not otherwise “engaged in the BC community” or a person the school could build a marketing campaign around.

DeFilippo made news last year when he fired football coach Jeff Jagodzinski for seeking an NFL job without permission.

Skinner was not available for comment.

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