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Yesterday, Al Skinner got fired from Boston College after serving BC for 13 years as the head coach of the Boston College men's basketball team. In the earlier days, Boston College has had success under Skinner, but since 2006 the team has truly faced a drought. The BC basketball team was unable to make even the NIT in two of the last three years. In 2009 the team led by Tyrese Rice had to settle for a 7th seed losing in the first round in the March Madness tournament. The overwheliming opinion from Boston College students is that it is time for Al Skinner to leave, hopefully he finds success wherever he ends up.
I have been to every Boston College home game this year that did not conflict with either Spring Break or Christmas break and here is what I can say about Al Skinner's positives and negatives:
*Good Player-Coach relations
*Experience as a college player and played with the great Dr. J
*Plethora of head coaching experience with almost a decade of head coaching experience at Rhode Island.
*Took BC to the Sweet Sixteen the NCAA tournament in 2006 losing a close game to top-seeded Villanova
*Poor Recruiting, rarely getting highly ranked players by scouts
*No recruits for 2009-2010 incoming class.
*Too traditional: Al Skinner sticks to the "game plan." Al Skinner does not try out anything new using only the original playbook. He tends to stick with the same starters and gives them the same minutes despite player performance. He tends to only make adjustments well into the future. Pays no attention to players who are "hot" in a game still benching them when time would traditionally be up in their average game.
*Poor media relations. He is known by the school newspaper as the toughest athletic coach to approach making interviews few and hard to conduct.
*Lack of excitement at games fuels student apathy