Sometimes at Boston College when things get complicated, the theory BC officials follow is to make it simpler.
For two weeks, BC athletic director Brad Bates has studied a list of candidates, interviewed some and asked about others.
Various names have appeared in media speculation. Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkinswas interviewed over the weekend.
St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt was contacted last week.
Other names such as Towson coach Patt Skerry, was on the list of potential candidates to be interviewed.
Very little has come out publicly or privately.
The silence out of Hopkins could very well mean that he is still in the mix, but hasn’t received an offer.
And then there is Schmidt, who interviewed last week and is a Boston College graduate and would be the most seamless fit.
Reportedly, Schmidt’s interview last week was with Eddie Fogler, whose search firm is helping BC vet candidates.
A second interview may have been scheduled for Monday or Tuesday, which would seem to again cast Schmidt in the favorite’s role.
Schmidt has won at Robert Morris and St. Bonaventure. He has the backing of several prominent BC alumni, including Doug Flutie and he will not cause ripples by asking for too much too soon.
In the often strange world of BC decision making that makes sense to some people.
While Hopkins did interview, Skerry, who grew up in Medford then went to Tufts, is still a mystery candidate Is he in or is he out?
If Schmidt is indeed the choice, the process should be wrapped up quickly, with all signs pointing to a decision being made and an announcement coming soon.
But on Monday night, another name surfaced and it is linked to Bates’ background in the Mid-American Conference.
Bates, who spent a dozen years as the athletic director at Miami (Ohio) reportedly is now interested in Ohio University coach Jim Christian.
Christian has a New England background, as a player at Boston University and Rhode Island. His coaching career includes stops at Western Kentucky, Saint Francis, Miami–before Bates arrived–, Pittsburgh and Kent State. He became the head coach at Kent State in 2002 and stayed until 2008 before moving to TCU for 4 seasons.
He came back to the MAC in 2012 and has won 49 games the past two seasons.
At 49, he is young enough to give the sagging BC basketball program a power boost and aside from his four year stint at TCU, which produced only 1 winning season, he has been a consistent winner every place he has gone.
Like Schmidt, Christian would be a fairly seamless fit into the world of BC basketball.
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