Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Scott Spinelli out of running at Boston University

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

University of Maryland assistant coach Scott Spinelli is no longer under consideration for the vacant head coaching position at Boston University, the coach told The Daily Free Press in a phone interview Tuesday.

Spinelli noted that he had been contacted and "spoken to a couple guys" from the BU athletic department regarding the job, but ultimately, it came down to a simple matter of timing.

"Based on where they're at and where I'm at, it's one of those situations where the timing isn't right," Spinelli said.

The rumors revolving around Spinelli and the BU opening came at a very busy juncture in Spinelli's career. On May 18, it was announced that Spinelli would be joining new head coach Mark Turgeon at the University of Maryland after serving as Turgeon's associate head coach at Texas A&M University for four seasons. He had filled the same position in Turgeon's staff at Wichita State University during the 2006-07 season.

Prior to his time working for Turgeon, Spinelli was an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska for three seasons, helping the Cornhuskers land two nationally-ranked recruiting classes.

After being passed over to possibly replace Turgeon at Texas A&M, Spinelli acknowledged the difficulties in moving himself, his wife and three children from College Station, Texas to Maryland. It was a reality that was exceptionally critical in the mutual decision between Spinelli and BU to not explore the possibility of Spinelli becoming the program's next head coach.

Spinelli played basketball at BU under then-head coach Mike Jarvis for four seasons, graduating from the university in 1989.

Though he will not be roaming the sidelines of Case Gymnasium and Agganis Arena next season, Spinelli expressed his reverence for his alma mater and insisted that BU will ultimately "find the right guy."

"I have tremendous respect and passion for Boston University," Spinelli said. "It's a special place and only the people who have gone there understand that."

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