Skinner interviews with St. John's

March 26, 2010 - 9:30 am
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A Boston College athletic department spokesman confirmed to WEEI.com Friday that coach Al Skinner will talk with St. John's officials about the school's coaching vacancy. A New York native, Skinner has coached at BC for 13 seasons and has the most wins in school history. The Eagles were 15-16 this season, missing out on postseason play. A tweet from New York Times college reporter Pete Thamel indicated that Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg also was lined up to interview with St. John's Friday. UPDATE: On Friday afternoon, Virginia Tech announced that it had reworked Greenberg's contract, including adding two years to the four that remained. After firing Norm Roberts, St. John's initially was interested in Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt, but Hewitt turned down an offer from the Red Storm. The school also reportedly struck out with Florida's Billy Donovan. As with Skinner, Hewitt and Donovan both have New York roots. Skinner attended high school in Malverne, N.Y., before heading to UMass, where he starred alongside Julius Erving in the early 1970s. Skinner was an eighth-round draft pick of the ABA's New York Nets in 1974 and was a member of the ABA's All-Rookie Team in 1974-75. The following season, he helped the Nets win the ABA title. He played in the NBA for the Nets, Pistons and 76ers from 1977-80. Skinner was plucked from Rhode Island to be BC's coach in 1997. He had served nine seasons as URI's coach, his first head coaching job, and compiled an overall record of 138-126. He guided the Rams to three 20-win seasons and four postseason appearances and was named Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year in 1992. At BC, Skinner was the Big East Coach of the Year in 2005 after the Eagles shared the league's regular-season title. In 2001, Skinner was the Big East Coach of the Year and he received several national coach of the year awards after leading the Eagles to the league's regular-season and tournament titles. BC was a 3 seed for the NCAA tournament, the school's highest-ever seed, and lost in the second round to USC. Skinner's cumulative record at BC is 225-153.