Harvard gain, BC loss–Amaker stays

The courtship between Harvard coach Tommy Amaker and Boston College officially ended on Saturday night with a simple statement. “After thoughtful deliberation< I continue to realize my heart is at Harvard,” said Amaker in a release which confirmed that he would remain as the men’s basketball coach with the Crimson.
Unofficially, the relationship between Amaker and Boston College ended last Tuesday when Amaker, through his agent, David Falk, let BC and anyone else who was interested know that there would be no “process” involved in filling the job.
The message, as was first reported last week by a Jerseyguy. com, was that Amaker was indeed interested in talking to BC, but he was not applying for the job and would not be a candidate for the job with an assortment of other coaches.
The Boston College response was that there would be a process and that Amaker would be high on their list, but that their would be other coaches considered as well.

And that pretty much ended the discussion with BC, but Amaker had another suitor. Wake Forest called as well and offered Amaker what BC did not–no process–and an opportunity to come back to the ACC
But such a move would require Amaker to leave Boston. Amaker thought about it, talked about with his wife Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, who is a licensed clinical psychologist on staff at the Harvard Medical School, and they told Wake Forest, thanks, but no thanks. They had a great life at Harvard, loved the city and were not ready to give it up.
Taking the BC job would have been the compromise–move into the fast paced world of ACC basketball again, but stay in Boston.
BC officials, used to candidates who would accept an offer from BC under any conditions, did not know how to respond to Amaker’s wishes of being the only candidate in the process, something he had done in taking jobs at Seton Hall, Michigan and Harvard. He was not adverse to interviewing, but he wasn’t “applying” for any job at this point in his career, which has risen steadily since his arrival in Cambridge with three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and second round wins the past two years.
For BC, which is in a crisis stage with the direction of its basketball program, this hire could and should be regarded as crucial. Fan support is down, enthusiasm is below that level and private funding is shrinking.
The BC process of doing things on and off the court is antiquated, almost obsolete. Amaker had a vision in his head of how to turn things around, but BC never heard it all because the talks never really went beyond the process.
So Amaker will return to Harvard. “It’s all good,” he said last night, when asked about the future. “I’m in a great place.”
BC is not.

© 2014, Mark. All rights reserved.

  21 comments for “Harvard gain, BC loss–Amaker stays

  1. Big Shot
    March 30, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Could it be true the powers at BC wanted Amaker to restart the BC-St. A’s rivalry? These priests really get sports at BC, is Assumption next? I expect BC to walk away from a Harvard game in the future. What a mess.

  2. GS
    March 30, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Why would Amaker insist he not be part of a group? Is interviewing for a job and then not getting it so devastating to a career? Isn’t this how South Florida made their mistake? Is BC (is anyone?) really expected to only go after one coach and not interview other candidates? In what other industry would that make sense? How does it make sense in this case? Why is Amaker so insecure about his ability to win a job that is open to competition? None of this part of the story makes any sense.

    • Ben Dover
      March 30, 2014 at 12:01 pm


      No industry would hire someone for a 7 figure position if he/she demanded to be the only one interviewed.

      As you’re learning Blauds just makes shit up.

  3. John Pyle
    March 30, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I know for a fact that Wake Forest did not offer Amaker the job. I have no idea where you got your source, but I know it is absolutely not true.

    • Mark
      March 30, 2014 at 8:37 am

      wake offered to skip the process

  4. Chode
    March 29, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I can confirm 100% that this is not true re: Wake. Others are involved in the interview process (Board of Trustee, President, etc.).

    • Mark
      March 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

      you mis read my statement. amaker didn’t mind the process as long as he was not one of a group. he did not apply for the job. they called him.

  5. Thomas
    March 29, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Amaker never had an offer from Wake.

    • Mark
      March 30, 2014 at 8:40 am

      it was an offer to be the one and only candidate, not part of a group. My bad for not explaining it correctly.

    • Mark
      March 30, 2014 at 10:43 am

      as I said, it was an implicit offer since they called him, but it never got beyond that

  6. Big Shot
    March 29, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Amaker gave BC the interviews they wanted, each year,year after year, while beating BC at BC three years in a row, in Cambridge this year. They should have seen all they needed to. Like Al Skinner, he just did not fit the BC mold.

  7. GS
    March 29, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I don’t get the chaos hyperbole about the state of BC basketball. We fired Steve Donahue and the administration has taken the last 11 days (and counting) to conduct a search for a new coach with very little in the way of leaks. Apparently, Tommy Amaker wanted to be appointed coach with little due diligence and BC refused to do that. We fly commercial for half of our away games on the East Coast, we take the student part of student athlete more seriously than most basketball factory universities and our kids practice in Power Gym and work out in the Conte weight room.

    And yet, on the day AL Skinner was fired, we had the third winningest record in the ACC over the entire time we were in the league. Why the panic? Is losing Tommy Amaker, even if it were for the silly reasons you cite (which, by the way, are laughably implausible), that big a deal? He’s done a nice job in a joke conference by recruiting kids other Ivies could never get. He’s leveraged the Harvard Brand to stack his teams with competitive talent. Oh well.

    There are other fish in the sea. You’re over the top in your criticism – it just doesn’t match the evidence.

    • Mark
      March 30, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Other fish in the sea? and they’re all minnows.

  8. Ben Dover
    March 29, 2014 at 10:12 pm


    Will you take my wager?

    • Ben Dover
      March 29, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      You have 1 hour and 45 minutes

      • Mark
        March 30, 2014 at 8:42 am

        take your meds. warm milk and cookies and you will feel better in the morning.

        • Mark
          March 30, 2014 at 9:03 am

          Fredo, you’re nothing to me now. You’re not a brother, you’re not a friend. I don’t want to know you or what you do. I don’t want to see you at the hotels, I don’t want you near my house.

          Interesting? YesNo |

          • Ben Dover
            March 30, 2014 at 11:49 am

            What no longer trusting your sources Blauds?

            Admitting that you just throw shit up against a wall?

            Even the first name you threw, like your former coworker and fellow hack Shaughnessy, didn’t stick so you have one less bullshit name to throw up there.

  9. Tom
    March 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    What specifically is antiquated about how they are doing things? Give examples.

    • Mark
      March 29, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      commercial flights half the time, which means more class time.Almost everyone charters, including schools like Hofstra and Fordham. not willing to spend money on adding more tutors and improve the practice facilities–BC is probably 15th in facilities in the ACC and it’s not even close. its a new world out there. Duke’s entrance exams for its basketball players are well below the student body. BC’s are much more rigid. Amaker had an easier time getting players into Harvard than Donahue did in getting players into BC.

      • Tom
        March 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm

        That’s interesting. I can see Amaker asking for some of those things to be changed and I can also see bc not wanting to change them. That’s tough. I’m sure bc would like to have better facilities but I suppose it’s not that simple. Admissions stuff I doubt bc will ever budge on.

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