Decision on basketball coach reportedly close

April 05, 2010 - 7:06 pm
Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo reportedly is closing in on a decision regarding the school's new basketball coach. According to an ESPN story, Dayton's Brian Gregory spoke with DeFilippo but declined to visit for an interview. With Richmond's Chris Mooney pulling out on Friday after signing a contact extension to remain with the Spiders, that appears to leave it a three-horse race between Cornell coach Steve Donahue and former BC assistants Ed Cooley (now at Fairfield) and Bill Coen (Northeastern). Multiple reports indicate Donahue is the favorite. The 47-year-old has spent 10 years at Cornell, turning the Big Red into an Ivy League powerhouse (three straight titles) after starting his tenure at the upstate New York school with six straight losing seasons. Coen, who turns 49 on May 3, interviewed with BC on Monday. Cooley, a 40-year-old and the only New England native (Providence) of the three, added to his credentials on Friday when he was named winner of the Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award as the top minority coach in Division 1 college basketball. According to a Boston Globe report Monday afternoon, a decision could come within 24 hours.