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Boston College hires Earl Grant as its next men’s basketball head coach

Grant was the head coach at College of Charleston for seven years.

Earl Grant is regarded as an elite recruiter. Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP Pool

Boston College has hired Earl Grant as its next men’s basketball head coach.

Grant, 44, was 127-88 in seven years as head coach at the College of Charleston. He led the Cougars to the NCAA Tournament in 2018.

“My family and I are really excited about the opportunity to start a new journey,” Grant said in a release. “I look forward to representing such a prestigious academic institution, to coach in the top basketball conference in America, and do it in one of the best cities in the world. I can’t wait to meet and develop a relationship with all who have worked so hard over the years to make BC a special place.”

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A native of Charleston, South Carolina, he played two years at the Division II level at Georgia College. He was an assistant coach at The Citadel from 2002-2004, spent three seasons as an assistant at Winthrop, three more at Wichita State, then four at Clemson before becoming a head coach.

Grant, who is known for his recruiting ability, has no New England ties. He replaces Jim Christian, who was fired in February.

“After a comprehensive national search, it was clear that Earl is exactly what we were looking for and what our basketball program needs at this moment and I am confident he will have tremendous success in Chestnut Hill, on the court and off,” Director of Athletics Pat Kraft said in the release.

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The Eagles finished the 2020-21 season 4-16. Scott Spinelli filled in as interim coach late in the year.

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