Scott Spinelli, assistant coach for the Maryland Terrapins, will be leaving College Park for the same position with Boston College after three years with the Terps, CBS's Jon Rothstein is reporting. Spinelli is a big hiring for new head coach Jim Christian's staff, bringing Northeastern ties to the program and plenty of coaching experience.
BREAKING --- Maryland's Scott Spinelli is a done deal to BC as Jim Christian's top assistant, sources told @CBSSports. Story coming.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 12, 2014
More info, from Prewitt.
Pretty solid raise for Spinelli and the opportunity for he and his wife to return to their native New England. Move makes total sense.— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) April 12, 2014
The move is not surprising, as it has been rumored for about a week.
Spinelli came to Maryland as a part of Coach Mark Turgeon's migrating staff. The four years before that, the pair reigned at Texas A&M, reaching the NCAA tournament every year. In fact, the Aggies tallied the highest four-year win total in school history during Turgeon and Spinelli's stint in College Station. Spinelli also served as an associate head coach under Turgeon for a year at Wichita State.
It may take some time for Maryland to adjust to his absence, as Turgeon spent eight years with Spinelli. The Maryland head coach often recognized Spinelli's ability to recruit quality prospects as well as draw up scouting reports for important games in the 2012-13 season, like the two upset wins against Duke.
Ed. Note: We'll have a post on potential replacement candidates Sunday.