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Men's Basketball Head Coach Fired After Seven Seasons

Jim Christian was fired as Boston College’s men’s basketball coach Monday afternoon, announced Athletic Director Pat Kraft. 

This concludes a seven-year tenure for Christian, in which he finished with an overall record of 78-132 (.371). His ACC record fared worse than this, as he ends with a record of 26-94 (.217) in conference. 

Scott Spinelli, assistant coach for the past six years, will serve as the interim head coach for the Eagles. Kraft stated that there will be an immediate national search for a new head coach, which indicates Spinelli’s role as an assistant will resume at the conclusion of the season. 

Jim Christian was hired in 2014, and his best season as head coach came in 2017-18. He led the Eagles to their only winning-record season during his time on the Heights with a 19-16 overall record. This successful season was marked by an upset over No. 1 Duke at Conte Forum, a return to the quarterfinals of the ACC postseason tournament, and a bid to play in the National Invitation Tournament. 

This season, the Eagles have faced many challenges due to COVID-19 and roster availability. They were forced to postpone five consecutive games over the course of a month. 

They currently sit at 3-13 on the season with an ACC-worst 1-9 in conference play. Their only conference win came against Miami on Jan. 12, which is also the last time the Eagles won a game this season. 

"Ultimately, the program is not headed in the right direction and though I hesitate to make a mid-season coaching change in any sport, now is the right time for us to look forward,” Kraft said.

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