It has been a busy day and past week in the college basketball coaching realm.
First, Al Skinner was fired from Boston College today, after interviewing for the St. John’s coaching vacancy. However, Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo asserted that the interview with St. John’s was not the reason for the firing, as it was for former Boston College head football coach Jeff Jagodzinski prior to last year’s season.
Regarding the St. John’s head coaching vacancy, ESPN analyst and former UCLA head coach Steve Lavin will become the next Red Storm head coach.
Oregon has gone after 2 Big 10 coaches in Tom Izzo of Michigan State and Tubby Smith of Minnesota. Neither coach has commented on the possibility of coaching at Oregon, but Izzo has denied communication with Oregon.
UTEP hired former USC head coach Tim Floyd to fill the program’s coaching vacancy. Tim Floyd incurred several NCAA regulations violations for USC before his resignation, which was likely due to the punishments facing him as well as the USC program.
Last week, Iowa has hired former Siena head coach Fran McCaffrey (graduate of La Salle College High School) to be the next Hawkeye head coach, and he will replace former Iowa head coach Todd Lickliter, who was the Butler head coach before leaving for Iowa.