After a day of talks with St. John's officials, Boston College basketball coach Al Skinner remains involved in the process, but is not the only contender. According to sources involved in the process, Siena coach Fran McCaffery has emerged as a leading contender for the job and St. John's officials have set up a meeting to discuss the opening created when Norm Roberts was fired last week..
The only problem is that McCaffery is also considered a top tier candidate at Seton Hall, which is much further along in the interview process than St. John's, and also has emerged as a contender for other openings.
If McCaffery is still available, St. John's could very well have its next coach. But right now there are no guarantees of that, which keeps Skinner very much in the mix as a prime contender.
In either case, sources familiar with the situation, feel that St. John's and Seton Hall should be ready to announce their new coaches within the next few days.
When contacted last night, Skinner was non-committal, saying only that "the talks were ongoing.''
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