Sunday, December 21, 2014

Penn assistant headed to Boston College

Penn's athletic department confirmed to me this afternoon that Quakers assistant coach John Gallagher is off to Boston College to join Steve Donahue.

Penn assistant headed to Boston College

Penn's athletic department confirmed to me this afternoon that Quakers assistant coach John Gallagher is off to Boston College to join Steve Donahue.

Donahue, a native of Springfield, Delaware County, took over the Eagles after leading Cornell to the Sweet 16. He will be officially introduced at a party on B.C.'s campus at 5 p.m. this afternoon. If any of you reading this are in Boston, send me an email if you're able to go.

FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman reported the Gallagher news this morning based on his sources, of which he has plenty as he lives in Boston. My post is the first official confirmation from the Penn end.

Goodman also reported that Donahue is trying to bring Columbia head coach Joe Jones and Big Red assistant Nat Graham to Chestnut Hill, Mass. As I was in the middle of writing this post, Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News confirmed that Jones "is planning to leave Columbia."

That would give Donahue's bench quite a Philadelphia flavor. Gallagher is a Philly guy, St. Joe's grad and former La Salle assistant. Jones was an assistant to Jay Wright at Villanova from 1997 to 2003, when he took over in Morningside Heights. Graham played at Penn, class of 1997.

It's an especially big move for Jones, who's been on and off the hot seat at Columbia over the last few years. Columbia has one of the biggest recruiting advantages in Ivy League basketball for the simple reason that it's located in New York, but Jones' Lions haven't turned that into success on the court.

As for who replaces Gallagher at Penn, I suspect Archbishop Carroll's Paul Romanczuk will be among the names mentioned. I've had people tell me it's possible and people tell me it's very unlikely that he'd make the move.

Robert Morris assistant and former Quakers point guard Andy Toole will also lilely be in the mix.

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