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DeFilippo gave Skinner six days before announcing departure

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Boston College Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo gave the school's head basketball coach, Al Skinner, six days to find a new job after the two mutually agreed to part ways, DeFilippo said in a press conference today at the Conte Forum.

"Coach Skinner asked that if we could delay the announcement publicly so that he could have an opportunity to interview for other job opportunities," DeFilippo said. "Out of respect for coach Skinner, he asked for 48 hours at the time and out of respect for him we said absolutely."

Skinner was seen as a frontrunner for the St. John's coaching position until this weekend.

"When several opportunities strung out, strung out, and strung out, we gave coaches as many as six days," DeFilippo said. "And that was a very, very difficult thing to do because bits and pieces of this were starting to leak out from time to time. And what we were trying to do was to protect coach Skinner and give him an opportunity to pursue other jobs."

The two had met March 22 to discuss the direction of the program when they realized they had differences, DeFilippo said. They agreed to meet again March 24, when both decided to part ways.

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