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Harvard’s Tommy Amaker is BC’s leading candidate

Tommy Amaker appears to be at the top of a very short list of candidates to replace Steve Donahue as BC basketball coach. Some others:

A look at him and some others who could be on BC’s list:

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Tommy Amaker, Harvard - Would bring an ACC pedigree. He played for and coached alongside Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. He also has coached at Seton Hall and Michigan. At Harvard, he has turned the Crimson from Ivy League also-rans into a powerhouse and three-time league champion. Amaker would energize the masses at BC, where interest in the men’s basketball program seemed to sag the last four years, evidenced by the disappointing turnout of 2,200 fans for BC’s home finale against Florida State.

Ed Cooley, Providence — A former assistant under Al Skinner at BC, guided the Friars to a Big East tournament title and even defeated the Eagles (82-78 in OT) in the season opener for both teams this year. He coached at Fairfield before taking over at Providence. A Stonehill College grad and former player, Cooley also served on Skinner’s staff at URI.

Tim O’Shea, Bryant — Another Skinner disciple, having served on his staff at URI and at BC before taking over as Ohio University’s head coach. O’Shea, a Wayland, Mass., native, is a former BC basketball alum who played for Dr. Tom Davis (1981-82) and Gary Williams (1982-83, 83-84).

Tim Welsh — Former Providence coach now a commentator on Comcast. Would love to jump back into the game at BC.

Michael Vega can be reached at vega@globe.com.
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