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Thursday, June 23, 2011
BU ends coaching carousel ... for now

By Eamonn Brennan

Last night, a milestone was reached: The 2011 coaching carousel -- the seemingly infinite loop of departures and hirings and openings and hirings and departures -- was finally, mercifully closed.

Indeed, Boston University's hire of Boston College assistant Joe Jones, who, a source told ESPN.com's Andy Katz, will replace new Penn State coach Pat Chambers, was the final piece of the carousel puzzle. Jones is a former Columbia University head coach who went 86-108 overall at Columbia with a 39-59 record in the Ivy League. He does come with obvious Boston connections, though, a quality apparently in high value to Terriers athletic director Mike Lynch.

To be frank, I'm not sure I have much to write about the hire itself. More than anything, I'm just glad this page is finally, completely full. It's a yearly rite of passage, a sign that the college hoops offseason has begun its mid-summer swing, and that only means we're closer to college hoops arriving again in the fall.

That is, unless the Yahoo! news report calling Lorenzo Romar a candidate for the Minnesota Timberwolves job prefaces the Washington coach's departure. In which case, Washington would need to fill its position, another coach may leave his head job somewhere, and the carousel would begin. You know what? Let's not even think about it. Positive vibes, people. Positive vibes.