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BC's Skinner talking to St. John's

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  March 26, 2010 10:24 AM

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Boston College coach basketball coach Al Skinner is interviewing for the opening at St. John's according to a source familiar with the situation.

"They [St. John's] asked for permission to talk to him and he is interviewing for the job this afternoon,'' said a source in the Boston College athletic department who did not wish to be identified.

St. John's interest in Skinner was first reported in the New York Post on Thursday night after Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt, the first choice of St. John's athletic director Chris Monash, turned down an offer.

Skinner does have New York roots. He grew up in Malverne, N.Y., on Long Island, where he launched a playing career that included stops at the University of Massachusetts and the then-New York Nets of the old American Basketball Association. His coaching career has more New England connections, with a nine-year stop at the University of Rhode Island. He came to Boston College in 1997 and is the winningest coach in BC history.

Skinner has flirted with other college offers in the past years, but the Eagles finished with a 15-16 record this season, which kept them out of postseason play.

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