Monday, June 13, 2011

Update on coaching candidates: Vandross, Jarvis II not yet contacted

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

Approximately 10 days after former head coach Patrick Chambers left the program to become the new coach at Penn State University, the Boston University men's basketball team is still in need of someone to lead a team that returns all but one player from an America East Conference title and NCAA Tournament berth.

Over this period, despite no official word from the university or athletic department, names of several assistant coaches have been mentioned for or linked to the open position, a job that many national writers over the course of the past two weeks have deemed to be the best in the AE.

In separate phone interviews with The Daily Free Press, two widely-speculated candidates -- Florida Atlantic University associate head coach Mike Jarvis II and University of North Carolina-Charlotte assistant coach -- stated that they have not been contacted by BU Athletics officials regarding the coaching vacancy.

Jarvis II, a BU graduate and former Terrier who played two seasons for his father Mike Jarvis, was reported to be a 'leading candidate' for the job by the website Jarvis II, however, noted that he has not been contacted by BU, although he said he would be very interested in replacing Chambers.

Vandross, who served as an assistant coach at BU for 13 seasons, accepted his current position with Charlotte after spending one season as Chambers' associate head coach. He had an active hand in recruiting several of the players on BU's current roster.

BU interim head coach Brian Daly, as well as the entire BU Athletic Department, had no comment on the university's search. No timetable has been set for a hire, though it would make sense for a coach to be in place by the beginning of the recruiting evaluation period on July 6.

The Daily Free Press and Full Court Press will continue to keep readers up to date with any breaking developments in BU's search for a new head coach, in addition to articles and reports from other outlets regarding the search.

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