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Mark Schmidt to remain at St. Bonaventure, ending Boston College rumors

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After to being linked to the vacant Boston College coaching job, Mark Schmidt has decided to remain as the head coach at St. Bonaventure, the school announced on Tuesday afternoon.

“We are thrilled that Mark has decided to continue as the head coach of our men’s basketball program,” St. Bonaventure Director of Athletics Steve Watson said in a statement. “He has done a remarkable job of building the program. We hope Mark will be our coach for a long time, and to that end, we have started discussions about an extension of our commitment to him.”

Schmidt will enter his eighth season with the Bonnies in 2014-2015.

“It is an honor to be the head coach at St. Bonaventure,” Schmidt said. “This is a fantastic University with passionate fans in a community my family and I are proud to call home.”

The Bonnies finished ninth in the Atlantic 10 with a 18-15 (6-10 A10) record this season. On Jan. 29, St. Bonaventure scored an upset over then-No. 21 UMass. Charlon Kloof gave the Bonnies a second upset victory on the year, defeating No. 18 Saint Louis, the top team in the conference, 71-68 in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals.

The search goes for Boston College to replace Steve Donahue, who was fired on March 18 following an 8-23 (4-14 ACC) season. Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker and Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins have both removed themselves from consideration. According to Michael Vega of the Boston Globe, Ohio head coach Jim Christian has emerged as a strong candidate. Joe Dooley, a first-year head coach at Florida Gulf Coast and former Kansas assistant, is also being considered as a potential successor, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

Big South moving 2016 conference tournament

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The Big South is moving its 2016 men’s basketball tournament out of Coastal Carolina and a new site will be figured out by November. According to a release from the conference the Big South is using a league bylaw that stipulates that members leaving with less than two years of notice are not eligible to host championships. Coastal Carolina announced this summer that it would be leaving for the Sun Belt as of July 2016, so the Big South wants to find a new location that benefits teams staying in the league.

The Big South men’s and women’s conference tournaments are now also going to be split into two unique events, with the men’s championships being held Thursday-Sunday, March 3-6. The women’s event comes the next week from March 10-13. Bids for both events will come into the league and a new location will be selected in the next few months.

It will be interesting to see if the site of the conference tournament is moved to a campus site or placed at a neutral venue. That type of thing could alter how the NCAA tournament autobid gets played out. With Coastal Carolina coming off of back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances, this obviously changes their approach to the postseason now that they have to leave their city.

Virginia Tech could redshirt sophomore guard

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Virginia Tech is trying to decide what to do with injury sophomore guard Ahmed Hill, who had surgery this summer to deal with a tear in his patella tendon in his left knee.

The 6-foot-5 Hill has still not been released to work out with the team, but he is about a week to 10 days ahead of schedule in his rehab. But the injury is still nagging enough that Hill might not be healthy enough to really contritbute this season. Head coach Buzz Williams is deciding soon whether he wants to redshirt Hill or not.

Hill started a team-high 30 games for the Hokies last season, averaging 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

“I don’t have a decision on (Hill),” Williams said to reporters on Monday. “I will make the final decision. I’ll let (him) and his mom be a part of it, but I want to make a decision using the wisdom of doing this for a long period of time. If you let a kid make the decision, they always want to play.

“Right now, I don’t feel comfortable that I would want to play him. It’s just too early to be able to have much more of an answer than that.”

It’s still a rebuilding year for Virginia Tech, but they do get Maryland transfer Seth Allen, who is a talented guard who can score. The Hokies were hoping to have Hill and Allen as complimentary perimeter scorers, but now the plans might have to be altered. Williams went on to say that he would like to make a decision on Hill’s status by Halloween.