Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Institutional knowledge: McDermott made Director of Ops

Despite ties to the region via pit stops at BU and URI, Jim Christian was a complete outsider to Boston College basketball. He lacked ties to our past players or our history and what works. He helped fill that void by promoting Dan McDermott to Director of Basketball Operations. I applaud the move as McDermott has worked his way up through the program and was well liked by Skinner's staff, Donahue's staff and the Athletic Department. He's the type of guy and now in the type of role, that can help Christian navigate the early days and also help him build on what's worked at BC in the past.

But this isn't a hand-holding job or a hire to keep old-timers happy. McDermott is fairly progressive and was very influential in BC's ill-fated scheduling last year. The schedule -- while a factor in Donahue's undoing -- did involve analytics and a new approach to mastering the selection committees' ever-changing criteria. I am not sure how much influence McDermott will have initially with Christian's schedules or strategy, but you know he will bring a fresh approach.

The Director of Operations doesn't have the same recruiting duties as the other staffers, but McDermott will be involved in gameplanning and active on the bench. I am confident he'll do well and help BC basketball get back to winning consistently.


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11 Comments:

At 8:05 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Dan was my mentor as a Manager, and a great guy who loves BC. He already runs a lot of initiatives for the program, and will do great in this role. Hopefully this will allow the other assistants to be laser-focused on recruiting.

Very well deserved, and a nice move by Christian...

 
At 9:25 PM, Blogger Michael said...

I am just back from reunion, and I am happy to see a "legacy pick" but there were other options at a MUCH higher level.

I feel like we are at a crossroads of life in the Boston College Athletic Department and maybe it is time for me to step away. Bringing in transfers from Niagara to take a few classes before they hire an agent seems second tier to me, and that includes Coach K at Duke who sold his soul many "one and done's" ago."

Bruce Pearl WILL be successful at Auburn and I feel like one of the few who is okay with that.

This new coach is in a tough position, same as Donahue, because they really don't seem to understand the old BC or the new BC.

Matt Ryan, Jared Dudley, Michael Adams and many others chose BC in a different era. Why are we embarrassed that you have to study to graduate from a great school in a great city and still have an opportunity to play professionally in the NBA and NFL?

Other than maybe USC (LA sucks) and Stanford (40 miles from SF) who has this? We are not the SEC and that is cool with me. I will take Boston in the winter over Gainsville in the summer!

Oh yea, we also have one of the greatest college coaches, Jerry York, in history too.

We kick ass, and everyone apologizes because we have an "old weight room" or some other BS. I really don't get it.

 
At 8:09 AM, Blogger Hoib said...

Michael

What you lament for all ended when we took the money and joined the ACC. Now our problem is we don't know how to use that money and compete properly in a big time conference.

 
At 9:45 AM, Blogger Knucklehead said...

McDermott was influential in the uber-schedule that lead to the worst season in BC basketball history, that I can remember. Yet this is a good promotion?

 
At 12:05 PM, Blogger Erik said...

He schedule had nothing to do with their struggles last year. They showed this by stinking against Florida Atlantic and Sacred Heart, both teams of which had the best player on the floor. They stunk last year because they just plain stunk. The players played poorly with a huge regression by individuals and a lack of teamwork. The coaching stunk. Very little of it had to do with the opponents talent.

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger Knucklehead said...

"Nothing" is inaccurate.

 
At 10:46 PM, Blogger I'm Keith said...

The days of TOB and Skinner are looking pretty good in the rearview mirror, aren't they?

 
At 10:47 PM, Blogger EL MIZ said...

the schedule was the right idea. too bad we didn't have the players or coaching staff to execute it. if that team last year plays a cupcake schedule and wins 19 games, we don't make the tournament anyway. isn't that the point? he knew what it took, too bad Donahue, the Hobart assistants and the players didn't.

also agree its good to have a BC guy on the staff. hopefully we can land Mason.

 
At 10:47 PM, Blogger EL MIZ said...

the schedule was the right idea. too bad we didn't have the players or coaching staff to execute it. if that team last year plays a cupcake schedule and wins 19 games, we don't make the tournament anyway. isn't that the point? he knew what it took, too bad Donahue, the Hobart assistants and the players didn't.

also agree its good to have a BC guy on the staff. hopefully we can land Mason.

 
At 9:27 AM, Blogger Knucklehead said...

Right, too bad we are not Kentucky either When the odds are even or worse in 90% of your games it impacts your teams' chances of winning when they play to their capacity. It also impacts them mentally when they know the teams they are playing are all better than they are.

Theoretically the schedule made sense, if you are Kentucky or Michigan State.

Here is formula for getting into the tournament.

Win 20-22 games. Win 60% of your conference games.

Simple as that.

 
At 9:27 AM, Blogger Knucklehead said...

Right, too bad we are not Kentucky either When the odds are even or worse in 90% of your games it impacts your teams' chances of winning when they play to their capacity. It also impacts them mentally when they know the teams they are playing are all better than they are.

Theoretically the schedule made sense, if you are Kentucky or Michigan State.

Here is formula for getting into the tournament.

Win 20-22 games. Win 60% of your conference games.

Simple as that.

 

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