Harvard is about to play its third consecutive NCAA Tournament . . . but will this be the last one under coach Tommy Amaker?
The Boston Globe reported Wednesday that Amaker "appears to be at the top of a very short list of candidates to replace Steve Donahue as [Boston College] basketball coach." BC fired Donahue earlier this week after an 8-24 season, completing a four-year stretch in which the Eagles were 54-76 under the 51-year-old coach.
Amaker, 48, played for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke and served on Coach K's staff as an assistant after his playing days; he was also head coach at Seton Hall (1997-2001) and Michigan (2002-07). He took over at Harvard prior to the 2007-08 season and has led the Crimson to three straight Ivy League championships.
The Globe and Golocalprov.com both reported that the Eagles may also have interest in Providence College coach Ed Cooley, a former Eagles assistant under Al Skinner whose PC team won the Big East championship this year. In addition, the Globe said Bryant University coach Tim O'Shea, another former assistant under Skinner at BC, and Tim Welsh, the former Iona and PC coach who now works as an analyst at Comcast SportsNet New England, may also be on Boston College's list of potential replacements.