Boston College hired former TCU coach Jim Christian as its new men’s basketball coach.
Christian coached at Ohio University the past two seasons, going 49-22.
“Any coach wants to have his chance to compete against the very best. The ACC is the very best,” Christian said Thursday in a conference call.
“There’s no doubt for what I’m looking for, this is just a tremendous fit. … The opportunity for growth — that’s what excites you.”
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Boston College athletic director Brad Bates praised Christian.
“He’s always been on my list and someone I’ve had a high regard for,” said Bates, who spent 10 years in that job at Miami of Ohio, overlapping in the Mid-American Conference with Christian. “We want to win; we want someone with championship and postseason experiences.”
Christian replaces Steve Donahue, who was hired to replace Al Skinner in 2010. Donahue led Cornell to three straight NCAA tournament berths, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2010, but couldn’t find similar success at BC.
Christian, 49, has coached for 12 years at Ohio, TCU and Kent State, with a record of 243-153.
He was 56-73 with TCU.
White gets extension
Louisiana Tech athletic director Tommy McClelland said men’s basketball coach Michael White agreed to a six-year extension worth $3.6 million.
White has been the coach at Louisiana Tech for three seasons. His record of 74-31 gives him the best winning percentage at the 100-game mark of any men’s coach in school history.
Sampson takes over
New Houston basketball coach Kelvin Sampson vowed that NCAA compliance will be his staff’s highest priority and didn’t shy away from his checkered past when he was introduced as the successor to James Dickey, who resigned last month citing family issues.
Sampson committed numerous NCAA violations regarding impermissible calls to recruits at both Oklahoma and Indiana, resulting in a five-year show cause order from the NCAA in 2008 which effectively barred him from coaching in college. That order expired last year.
• TCU basketball: Center Aaron Durley, who missed his first two seasons because of two knee injuries, was medically disqualified and will no longer be on the team.
• North Carolina basketball: Junior James Michael McAdoo will enter the NBA draft. A 6-foot-9 forward, McAdoo averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Tar Heels this season, helping them go on a 12-game winning streak in Atlantic Coast Conference play before falling to Iowa State in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
• Utah basketball: Athletic director Chris Hill said that coach Larry Krystkowiak agreed in principle to a new five-year deal. Krystkowiak is coming off a season in which he led the Utes to a 21-12 record and an appearance in the NIT. The Utes are 42-55 in three seasons under Krystkowiak.
• Washington football: Suspended wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of malicious mischief after two incidents in February. All three charges are gross misdemeanors in the state of Washington, punishable by at least 90 days but less than one year in jail.