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Just hours after the University of Villanova lost to the University of North Carolina in the Final Four, ‘Nova assistant coach Pat Chambers reportedly has agreed to become the new head basketball coach of Boston University. BU is planning a press conference for later in the week.
Chambers replaces longtime coach Dennis Wolff, who was fired after the season for the team’s disappointing performance in recent years. Wolff, the winningest coach in Terriers history, went 247-197 over 15 seasons.
Reaction: As a BU alum, I was pleased with the Wolff dismissal and I’m pleased with the Chambers hiring. I don’t really know much about Chambers, except that he was apart of a winning program at Villanova.
Obviously, BU won’t be able to recruit the same level of talent that Nova and other Big East teams do, but BU has a lot to offer to potential recruits. They have a beautiful new facility and before the current U.S. recession, they had a lot of money to invest in the BU B-ball program. There’s no reason BU can’t become an America East powerhouse and eventually move up into the Atlantic-10 conference.
In recent years, Xavier University (of the A-10) went to the Elite 8 in 2004 and 2008. I mean, freakin UMass Amherst went all the way to the Final Four with Marcus Camby more than 10 years ago. Why can’t BU achieve the same success?