Wednesday, April 7, 2010

MBB: Ivy League and the Coaching Carousel

A week ago, when news of the national search for the Boston College head coaching position first broke, there was a strong possibility that the Ivy League would be involved in the proceedings. Now that Boston College has named a new head coach, Cornell's Steve Donahue, that has certainly come to pass. Now the three-time defending champion Big Red begin their own search for a new head basketball coach. Boston College, with Donahue now signed, also continues to shake up the Ivy League, as Donahue is assembling a staff from across the Ancient Eight. Donahue brings with him from Cornell an assistant coach, Nat Graham, and an assistant coach from Pennsylvania, John Gallagher. The biggest move Donahue made, from an Ivy standpoint, was the hiring of Columbia head coach Joe Jones, to be an assistant at Boston College. This means there are now three head coaching vacancies in the Ivy League, Cornell, Columbia, and Dartmouth. Add in Penn, and the Ivy League next year will have four teams with a head coach that was not the head coach of the program at the beginning of the 09-10 season. It'll be interesting to see if the shuffle continues in the league, as we may see some current Ivy assistants moving to become head coaches at some of these vacancies.

We'll be keeping tabs on these three searches, mostly on Twitter, but we'll also take a look here on the blog as these coaching vacancies are filled.

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