Report: BC to decide Skinner's fate Tuesday

March 30, 2010 - 2:36 am

According to an ESPN report, Boston College will make a decision Tuesday regarding the status of coach Al  Skinner. With Skinner interviewing at St. John's, BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo has contacted other schools inquiring about possible replacements. Although it appears that Skinner will not get the St. John's job, DeFilippo's behavior indicates he may be leaning toward a buyout of the final three years of Skinner's contract, estimated at $3 million. DeFilippo told ESPN's Andy Katz that Skinner had earned the right to interview for another job after 13 seasons in Chestnut Hill, but the AD  did not respond to a question about whether Skinner would be allowed to return to coach the Eagles. "[Tuesday] you'll know a lot of things," DeFilippo said. "Let's let [Monday night] play out. I will be much more forthcoming [Tuesday morning]." According to other reports, St. John's is expected to introduce its new coach Wednesday, with former UCLA  coach and current ESPN analyst Steve Lavin the favorite. Leading candidates for the BC opening likely would include Northeastern's Bill Coen (a former BC assistant), Cornell's Steve Donahue, Harvard's Tommy Amaker and Richmond's Chris Mooney.