When the news broke that Boston College had hired Earl Grant as the next men’s basketball coach, there was a pretty universal reaction: Who?
It’s fair to say that the move has generated some criticism and confusion.Grant comes from the College of Charleston, not known for its basketball program or sports programs in general (at least in the Massachusetts area), and the Colonial Athletic Association is far from a Power 5 conference Some think this hiring came too quickly just two days after Selection Sunday These are understandable but jerky responses and shouldn’t judge the new hiring Are you unfair concerns? Not at all, but on closer inspection it’s not hard to see what Pat Kraft saw in Earl Grant
During his seven seasons as Charleston head coach, Earl Grant took the Cougars to a March Madness berth as well as an NIT appearance. Prior to that tournament appearance, Charleston had been in the middle of a twenty year tournament drought BC Drought Now Twelve Years In Grant’s last five years, the Cougars have consistently ranked 4th in the CAA Or better place Grant clearly knows how to create a winning program, even if it is a program in a smaller conference
Grant seems to fit into the shape of a young coach who’s a grinder and wants to prove himself.Maybe this kind of underdog mentality wins over players and makes them buy into his new program At his introductory press conference, Grant talked about recruiting of “diamonds in the rough, guys with a chip on their shoulder,” and it is fair to assume that this reflects the coach’s mantra. Grant’s emphasis on defense, ricochets, and ball control as the cornerstone of every team he coaches All three are things BC struggled with last season and before
Given the Stalinity that has seemed to be stuck in the program for the past few years, personality might be as important to Pat Kraft and BC as the family tree Jim Christian had a successful family tree when he got to BC, and it clearly wasn’t Enough to Get the Job Turning the men’s basketball program into a competitive ACC program is going to take a lot of work, and Grant definitely tried to demonstrate in his press conference that he is up to the job of winning press conferences championships? No, but a polished résumé is no guarantee either
There are a lot of questions about the Eagles’ new coach, but just because there are questions doesn’t mean Grant should be written off as a bad attitude on his first day, it just means we’ll have to wait and see, after all, Jim Harbaugh was considered to be that perfect job when Michigan made him their soccer coach, and although he seemingly ticked every box, five years later fans are still at odds over whether to bring him back, and no coach is going to make BC the ACC champion overnight It will be a process
The saying is for a reason but a stereotypeRome wasn’t built in a day or with a resume
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