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Jacobs On Coaches Playing Former Schools

Maryland’s defeat of Boston College in the Eagles’ ACC opener helped Gary Williams even his record against BC to 1-1. That was one of the few times this season, or any season, a current ACC coach faced a school at which he once directed the basketball program.

Both times Williams has faced Boston College at Maryland, he did not do so voluntarily. BC was the Terps’ opponent in the ACC-Big East Challenge during the 1990-91 season, and is now a league member placed permanently on the schedule.

ACC mandate similarly has forced Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton to take on Miami, a previous coaching perch. The teams will meet this season on Jan. 29 and March 5. FSU also played the Hurricanes in Hamilton’s first two seasons at Tallahassee, winning each time against squads coached by Perry Clark, the former Georgia Tech assistant. Last year, meeting as conference partners, Miami won twice under Frank Haith.

There are two nonconference nostalgia trips on tap for ACC coaches: BC and Al Skinner visit Rhode Island on Dec. 31, and Maryland hosts American, coached by former UVa player and coach Jeff Jones, on Dec. 23 in something of an ongoing series.

Oddly, Virginia Tech scheduled two of the three schools previously coached by Clemson’s Oliver Purnell, beating Radford in the season opener and visiting Old Dominion on Dec. 30. The Hokies also lost at Ohio State -- where Gary Williams once roamed the sidelines -- in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge.


Coach, School, Season Arrived Former School (s), Years Record Vs. At Current School
Al Skinner, Boston College, 1998 Rhode Island, 1989-97* 0-0
Oliver Purnell, Clemson, 2004 Radford, 1989-91 Old Dominion, 1992-94, Dayton, 1995-2003 1-0,
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke, 1981 Army, 1976-80 5-0
Leonard Hamilton, FSU, 2003 Oklahoma State, 1987-90, Miami, 1991-2000 0-0,
Paul Hewitt, Georgia Tech, 2001 Siena, 1998-2000 0-0
Gary Williams, Maryland, 1990 American, 1979-82, Boston College, 1983-86, Ohio State, 1987-89 9-0,
1-1, 0-0
Frank Haith, Miami, 2005 None
Roy Williams, No. Carolina, 2004 Kansas, 1989-2003 0-0
Herb Sendek, N.C. State, 1997 Miami (Ohio), 1994-96 0-0
Dave Leitao, Virginia, 2006 DePaul, 2003-05 0-0
Seth Greenberg, Va. Tech, 2004 Long Beach State, 1991-96, South Florida, 1997-2003 0-0,
Skip Prosser, Wake Forest, 2002 Loyola (Md), 1994, Xavier, 1995-2001* 0-0,
* Defeated current school while head coach. Skinner’s URI Rams topped BC in double-overtime in the 1992 NIT. Prosser’s Xavier club beat Wake in the 1999 NIT in the only meeting ever between the schools.