With multiple states on lockdown and everybody in the country encouraged to stay home, it’s not possible for schools to conduct a traditional coaching search right now. Some are deciding to punt on this year, which is what Boston College did this week.
Boston College will keep head coach Jim Christian. BC finished with a losing record for the fifth time in Christian's six seasons. AD Martin Jarmond said, “There is so much uncertainty right now with everything. You need to be steady and you need to have calm in uncertain times.”— Julian Benbow (@julianbenbow) March 23, 2020
There has been no announcement from Wake Forest, where Danny Manning seemed certainly out the door not long ago—David Glenn reported that buyout negotiations were underway earlier this year. But in light of what happened at BC, you have to wonder if Wake officials see a move as feasible at this point.
There is not a single power-conference job vacancy right now, and the next power-conference team to fire a coach will be the first. There are only half a dozen jobs open, which is also highly unusual for this time of year.
A men’s basketball coaching change is such a critical process for so many schools, it’s understandable that they might be more inclined not to go through it at all if they feel like they can’t do it right.
So much is up in the air, including the status of next season—will it start on time, if it happens at all?—that staying in a holding pattern looks like the prudent course for most programs. It still may not be enough to save Manning’s job, but either way I wouldn’t expect the usual level of coaching movement to materialize.