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Rams Tougher: Colorado State stuns Boston College late 09.27.14 at 3:45 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — Garrett Grayson connected with receiver Charles Lovett on 4th-and-10 in the back corner of the end zone with 1:02 left in the fourth quarter to lift Colorado State to a stunning 24-21 win over Boston College Saturday before 33,632 at Alumni Stadium.

Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy, who led scoring drives of 80, 96 and 82 yards on the day, got the ball back with a minute left at his own 25 but could not move the Eagles (3-2) into field goal position. Eagles running back Jon Hilliman, who finished with 128 yards on 24 carries, added two rushing touchdowns as Boston College fell for second time this season at home.

“I said in the locker room,, this is a devastating deal,” BC coach Steve Addazio said. “You just hope that somehow in there, there is a way to learn how fragile it is, how tough it is and why we practice the way we do. Why we coach the way we do to be able to close these games out. When you let these games get away they’€™re gone forever.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Boston College took control to open the second quarter. And once again it was the running game leading the charge.

Hilliman capped off an 80-yard scoring drive with a four-yard run up the middle for a touchdown. The drive began when Eagles cornerback Bryce Jones made a leaping interception of a Grayson pass in the front corner of the end zone. The play was initially ruled out of bounds but review overturned the call and ball was placed at the Boston College 20.

Boston College made it 14-0 when Tyler Murphy once again showed off his running skills with a read option to his left. He escaped a would-be tackler and then scooted to the left pylon for his sixth rushing touchdown of the season.

Colorado came back with their first scoring drive of the game, a 78-yard march that was finished off by a 21-yard pass in the flat from quarterback Garrett Grayson to a wide-open Rashar Higgins.

BC, led by Murphy, appeared poised to score right before halftime. Murphy, with 1:31 left before halftime, led the Eagles from their 22 down to the Colorado State 23. But the drive stalled and Alex Howell missed wide right on a 40-yard field goal attempt that had plenty of distance.

Still, the Eagles appeared to be in control, especially on the ground. For the third straight game, the Eagles were dominating the rushing game. They had 180 yards in 30 carries to Colorado State’s 36, which matched the combined total of Southern California and Maine in the previous two games. Dating back to the start of the USC game, Boston College had outgained their opponents 1,045-72 on the ground.

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Marcus Outlow (107 yards), Eagles run past Maine, 3-1 for first time since ’09 09.20.14 at 9:19 pm ET
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Freshman running back Marcus Outlow led the Eagles, tallied 107 yards and recorded his first career reception while option quarterback Tyler Murphy added 99 yards on 13 carries to lead Boston College past Maine, 40-10, on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

The Eagles overcame a very sluggish start and scored the final 30 points to put away the Black Bears. BC improved to 3-1 for the first time since 2009, gaining over 500 yards in total offense for the third time in 2014.

“Obviously it’€™s great to get our third win,” BC coach Steve Addazio said. “We certainly didn’€™t come out of the blocks very well. We were lethargic. We made a bunch of mistakes which is my responsibility. I’€™ve got to go back and take a look at our preparation, but we did come out in the second half and I thought we played much more physically. I won’€™t say it was clean but it was more physical.

“Coach Cosgrove and Maine came out and played hard. They did exactly what you think their program would do. Be physical, be tough and play hard. They absolutely did that. The amount of mistakes we made on both sides of the ball early, that’€™s on me. I’€™ve got to get that right. I’€™m not happy about that. We’€™ll get that fixed.”

The Eagles had another huge game on the ground, rushing for 413 yards and gaining at least 300 for the third game in 2014. Defensively, the Eagles held their opponent to under 20 rushing yards for the second straight game. The Eagles yielded just 16 rushing yards to Maine. In the last two games (wins over USC and Maine), BC has gained 865 rushing yards while allowing just 36.

Murphy, the graduate quarterback who transferred from Florida, entered the day leading all quarterbacks in the nation with 401 yards rushing. He gained 99 yards before being taken out midway into the final quarter, falling just short of his third 100-yard rushing game this season.

Murphy rushed for two touchdowns and threw for one while throwing for 130 more yards on an 11-for-18 afternoon. He has scored at least one rushing and passing touchdown in three of the four games in 2014 and rushed for at least 90 yards in all four.

Outlow also caught a 28-yard pass from Murphy that set up first-and-goal in the third quarter as Boston College began to pull away in the second half. Maine (1-2) actually led 7-0 when they scored its first touchdown against Boston College since 1915. After the game was tied at 10 early in the second quarter, the Eagles ran off 30 straight points to take the win.

Outlow gained all of his yards on the ground in the fourth quarter. He became the first true freshmen to rush for over 100 yards since 2008 when Montel Harris gained 116 in a win over Maryland. Jon Hilliman upped his career highs, rushing 21 times for 98 yards and running in for two scores for the second straight game.

Maine capitalized on a BC turnover to get on the board first with 9:41 left in the first quarter. On third-and-11, Murphy got rid of the ball as the Maine defender closed in on him. The ball tipped off Hilliman’s hands and Randy Samuels intercepted it at the BC 20-yard line. After a personal foul moved the ball to the 11, quarterback Dan Collins fired to Micah Wright for an 11-yard touchdown pass to give the Black Bears a 7-0 lead.

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Why it’s time to start paying attention to ‘big time’ Tyler Murphy 09.14.14 at 11:51 am ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — Steve Addazio was not the least bit surprised in what he saw from Tyler Murphy on the national stage Saturday night against a Top 10 team. Murphy had 191 yards rushing on 13 carries and a game-breaking touchdown run in BC’s shocking 37-31 win over USC Saturday night at Alumni Stadium.

But before the awesome rushing display in the second half, Addazio watched as his read-option quarterback kept his cool in the first half when the Eagles fell behind, 17-6, to the ninth-ranked team in the country.

“€œIt was early in the game when they got up on us,” Murphy said. “Coach always says that we are going to stick to the
game plan, get it to the fourth quarter and win there. So we just kept believing and taking it one play at
a time. There was a lot of football to play. The guys did a good job of putting everything on the line and
fighting to come back.”

When Addazio went to the University of Florida to recruit Murphy, who was leaving the Gators last season with a year left of eligibility, he knew he was getting a mature quarterback who wouldn’t panic when times got tough.

“Yes, this is what I hoped for,” Addazio said. “And I saw it in training camp. He was a great leader for us, just really his demeanor, his energy, his attack of the game plan. We just watched him start to grow and emerge. You saw it in Week 1, you saw it last week and you saw it this week, just taking control of the game.”

“We rushed for 452 yards. They rushed for 20. We had very few penalties. We had one turnover. Tyler Murphy had 191 yards rushing. Tyler Murphy played like a big time player.”

Why is that such a big deal to Addazio?

“When you have a big-time quarterback, that’s what they do, they take control of the game,” Addazio said. “They make the plays that are there to be made. He threw the ball really well, ran the ball really well, practiced this week with a steel resolve really well. Good things happen to good people that work hard and that’s what happened.”

Taking control of the game is exactly what Murphy did in the second half when the Eagles needed it the most. When USC drew to within six points at 30-24 with under five minutes left, BC needed one drive to kill the clock and keep USC at bay. Murphy went one better – he put the game away with a 66-yard sprint on a perfectly-executed read option off the left end.

The touchdown put BC up, 37-24, and Murphy and the Eagles could sense a huge win on the national stage.

“€œIt meant a lot, especially after last week’€™s loss,” Murphy said of the win eight days after getting handled by Pittsburgh. “Coach really challenged us as a team this week and we really went after it. It goes to show that if we really set our minds to something and we play as a team, the sky’€™s the limit. Personally, it’€™s been a long journey. It means a lot to me. It’€™s pretty easy on my part because I have guys who want to work and sacrifice for each other. We really just try to stick together as a team and out-play teams.”

“First of all, he has skills. I knew he could throw it, I knew he could run it, I knew he was a tremendous person. I knew he had the respect of his teammates at Florida. I knew they had deep respect for him, and that’s a starting point because players know. When they respect guys, there’s a reason they respect guys. He had a great respect. So, I knew there was a winner there just waiting for an opportunity. I knew him from when I recruited him and I knew that we were getting an extremely high-character individual that football meant a lot to. I was fortunate I had a history. For me, it was quite easy, really.”

With a win over the ninth-ranked team in the country, expectations will surely rise over the next month, with teams like Maine and Colorado State on deck before they enter the meat of the ACC schedule. And Murphy will be there to keep his teammates on an even kiel.

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BC stuns, runs over No. 9 USC 09.13.14 at 11:33 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — The Boston College football team came up with the perfect tribute to Welles Crowther and Pete Frates Saturday night.

On an emotional night in which the late Crowther (a 9/11 hero) and Frates (a living international symbol of the fight against ALS) were honored, the Eagles came up with the biggest win of the Steve Addazio era, a shocking 37-31 upset of No. 9 Southern Cal at Alumni Stadium.

“It’s a great, great night for our team, for the players,” coach Addazio said. “They played really hard and came off a rough week last week. We had a really hard week of practice. There were a lot of people second-guessing them but they had a real steel resolve.

“This red bandanna game meant a lot. We talked a lot of about Welles Crowther, we talked a lot about who he was and what it takes to be a BC man. Our guys dug deep on this. This was a great win. It was all over, a lot of big plays by a lot of people We were proud to give out one of the game balls out to the Crowther family after the game.”

The Eagles beat the Trojans badly all night long in the trenches. Boston College ran the ball 54 times for 452 yards while USC had just 20 yards on 29 carries. The school’s all-time mark is 518 yards against UMass in 1973.

While the Eagles were running all over USC, they also got to USC quarterback Cody Kessler for five sacks and minimized the effect of USC’s speedy receiving corps.

“We sacked them. We harassed them. We played relentlessly on defense,” Addazio said. “That’€™s a good football team.
This is the first win over a top-10 opponent in 10 years. We played hard. Anybody who was at the game
would say that this team just wouldn’€™t back down. We just kept coming and kept playing. I’€™m most
proud of that.

“I said to our team going into the game that all I ask is that we play with relentless effort
and that we play really, really hard. That’€™s what we talked about and to have faith, faith in each other.
They did that. They responded. I’€™m very, very proud of our football team. I’€™m very proud of our
coaching staff.

“Offensively we had 506 yards to their 337. We rushed for 452 yards. They rushed for 20. We had very
few penalties. We had one turnover. Tyler Murphy had 191 yards rushing. Tyler Murphy played like a
big time player.”

Murphy, the option quarterback who put the game on ice with a 66-yard touchdown read-option run with 3:30 left, finished with 191 carries on just 13 carries. Jon Hillman (19 carries) and Myles Willis (nine carries) each added 89 yards on the ground. Hillman added two touchdowns on the night for Boston College, which improved to 2-1.

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Steve Addazio watches as his Eagles get steamrolled by James Conner: ‘Their running back couldn’t be tackled’ 09.06.14 at 10:01 am ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — For most of 2013, it was Andre Williams dishing out the punishment against Boston College opponents.

On Friday night, the tables were turned in a big way as James Conner came to town with the Pittsburgh Panthers and, with the help of a powerful offensive line, ran roughshod over and through the Eagles defense for 213 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers knew what they had in Conner and knew BC had no answers. The Panthers gave it to Conner early and often, to the tune of 35 carries in a 30-20 win over the Eagles at Alumni Stadium.

Afterward, BC head coach Steve Addazio didn’t have to get too deep into football Xs and Os to assess what happened.

“œIt’€™s a real simple equation here,” Addazio began. “In my opinion we couldn’€™t stop the run on defense. We couldn’€™t establish the run on offense. We didn’€™t tackle well on defense. We didn’€™t complete throwing opportunities, and we had numerous ones, on offense.”

With no Andre Williams available to counter, Conner outgained the entire BC rushing collection of five carriers, 213-142. As a matter of fact, the most effective ball carrier for the Eagles was Tyler Murphy, their read option quarterback. He broke away for a 51-yard run in the first quarter, leading to a touchdown. But throw out that run and BC totaled just 91 yards on 33 carries.

Too much Conner and not enough answers from BC, either on defense or on offense.

“€œI knew he would be good,” Addazio said. “None of us had any delusions. He was going to run inside. He’€™s a strong runner. He’€™s a heck of a back. We had to tackle him. We had plenty of opportunities. Schematically, not all of the time, but a lot of the time, we were in position to make those plays and we didn’€™t make those tackles. Missed tackle, missed tackle, missed tackle. You’€™ve got to tackle that guy. You’€™ve got to wrap and drive him.

“We couldn’€™t stop the run. We couldn’€™t establish the run. We couldn’€™t complete the necessary passes which we had great opportunities to do. €œI thought Pitt played a great game. I thought their running back is a heck of a player. I thought their quarterback was pretty competitive. Their running back couldn’€™t be tackled. That’€™s on us. We’€™ve got to do a much better job. He’€™s a heck of a player but we’€™ve also got to do a much, much better job tackling. So we’€™ve got to get back to work and get on the fundamentals here. When we get back into full pads we have to start tackling again. We got away from that because it was a short week. We’€™ve got to go back and tackle, do all the things necessary to develop this football team.”

The compete level and tackling better pick up and pick up quickly as the Eagles host No. 14 USC next Saturday night at Alumni Stadium. Where the Panthers pounded the Eagles, the Trojans traditionally have speed to the outside and deep passing threats to exploit the BC defense that couldn’t tackle Friday night.

“€œI like the way we competed at the end,” Addazio said of Murphy’s touchdown run late that made it 30-20. BC missed a two-point conversion that would’ve made it a one-possession game with 43 seconds left. BC even recovered an onside kick after the final touchdown.

“We kept scratching and fighting. If we had converted the two-point conversion at the end and recover the onside kick it’€™s a one score game. That’€™s great and all that but the body of the game, in my opinion, €œwe knew going into this game that we had to stop the run. We didn’€™t do it. It didn’€™t happen.”

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James Conner, Tyler Boyd too much for Boston College as Pitt spoils home opener 09.05.14 at 10:30 pm ET
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Tyler Murphy drops back to pass before connecting on a 48-yard TD pass to Shakim Phillips. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Tyler Murphy drops back to pass before connecting on a 48-yard TD pass to Shakim Phillips. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

CHESTNUT HILL — Boston College couldn’t quite handle the step up in competition Friday night in their home opener.

Pittsburgh star tailback James Conner rushed for 213 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries while quarterback Chad Voytik connected on touchdown passes of 15 and five yards to Tyler Boyd to power the Panthers to a 30-20 win over the Eagles at Alumni Stadium in the ACC opener for both teams.

Conner outgained the combined efforts of five Boston College carriers. Murphy

Pittsburgh (2-0, 1-0) took the opening kickoff and marched down to the Boston College 31, where Chris Blewitt connected from 49 yards to stake the Panthers to a 3-0 lead with 11:32 left in the first quarter.

BC quarterback Tyler Murphy, the star of the Week 1 win over UMass, responded with a scoring drive that gave the Eagles (1-1, 0-1) their only lead of the night. The march down the field featured a spectacular read-option run by Murphy of 51 yards down to the Pitt 1. The play was initially ruled a touchdown but as the fireworks went off at Alumni Stadium, the run was reviewed and Murphy was ruled out of bounds one yard shy of the end zone.

Tyler Rouse punched it in on the next play to give the Eagles a 7-3 lead with 9:55 left in the opening quarter.

But the Panthers started giving it to their workhorse, sophomore running James Conner. The plan started to play dividends as Conner and the big Panthers offensive line wore down Boston College. Conner finished the first half with 130 yards on 15 carries, 36 yards more than the combined effort of five Eagles’ carriers.

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Tyler Murphy in his first game with Eagles shows he’s already a leader 08.30.14 at 7:57 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Quarterback Tyler Murphy made a triumphant debut for Boston College Saturday, completing 17-of-24 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown while rushing 13 times for 118 yards and a touchdown to lead Boston College to a 30-7 win over the University of Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium.

“I wanted to come out and take care of the football,” Murphy said afterward. “I realized it wasn’t going to be one of those days. I take what they give us. So I started to take a little shorter routes.”

With UMass dropping eight men back in coverage and taking away the long ball, Murphy began to use his speed to gain the corners and break big runs. Once he started to soften the Minutemen defense at the line and they came closer to the line of scrimmage, Murphy eventually took advantage, firing a 43-yard touchdown to Josh Bordner down the right sideline in the fourth quarter to break the game open.

“I thought I played all right,” Murphy said. “There’s still a lot of room to approve and ways to get better.”

His head coach was a little more exuberant.

“I was extremely proud and excited about Tyler today,” Steve Addazio said. “He managed the game like a veteran big time player.”

The most striking aspect of his debut Saturday is that he came in as a graduate student transfer from the University of Florida, where he played in nine games last season, starting six and completing 60.5 percent of his passes before injury ended it. The Florida Gators struggled to a disastrous 4-8 season but between the on-field struggles and his injury, he learned how to persevere. Now, those qualities are helping him lead a brand new football team.

“You have to find a way to motivate guys, push guys and get them to buy into the program,” Murphy said. “Letting them feel my presence, letting them know I’m there.”

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BC overpowers UMass in season opener at Gillette Stadium at 5:58 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Tyler Murphy and Boston College were just too much for UMass.

The Battle for the Bay State turned into a ground war and the Minutemen were no match for the Eagles as BC outgained UMass, 338-55 on the ground, and 511-202 overall, as Boston College eased its way to a 30-7 win Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

“Thought our team played a strong, hard, pretty clean game with a couple early penalties cost us in the red zone,” coach Steve Addazio said. “All and all, pleased with opening day, now put that with what it is- it’s opening day, we got a lot of work to do.

“I thought UMass, I thought [new head coach] Mark Whipple and his staff did a great job. You can see the improvement of their football team and that was evident to me. I think they have good things to come.”

In its first game without All-American running back and 2013 Heisman finalist Andre Williams, the Eagles and coach Steve Addazio seemed intent on proving they could still run the ball at will, led by their athletic option quarterback Tyler Murphy, a graduate student transfer from the University of Florida.

Murphy finished with 118 yards rushing on 13 carries, including a 1-yard bootleg keeper for a touchdown in the third quarter. Murphy finished 17-of-24 passing for 173 yards in his first game with the Eagles. He had a touchdown and an interception.

Sophomore tailback Tyler Rouse chipped in with 87 yards on 19 carries as the Eagles won 25th meeting between the two schools but the first since UMass moved up to Football Bowl Subdivision. BC has now won 20 of the 25 encounters between the two in-state rivals.

“We are trying to get better,” Addazio said. “Each week improve. The biggest growth in the football team is in the first few weeks. We took a positive step but we have to continue to grow.

“We are a real strong, physical, kind of move the ball down the field team, but I would like to see if we can create big-yardage explosives.”

Early on, it was a defensive struggle, with Boston College settling for a 44-yard field goal from Alex Howell just 39 seconds into the second quarter. Joey Launceford added a 28-yard field goal with 5:29 left before the half to put Boston College up, 6-0.

UMass had a golden opportunity to take the lead late in the second quarter when Murphy, making his first start as a graduate student transfer from the University of Florida, was intercepted by Randall Jette. The UMass defensive back returned the ball 20 yards to the Boston College 19.

But UMass self-destructed and went backwards from there. Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel took an intentional grounding on first down and threw an incomplete pass on second down. After a four-yard gain on third down, UMass was forced to settle for a 47-yard field goal from Blake Lucas that was wide right.

Murphy marched BC down the field just before half time and gave the Eagles a chance at more points but a 44-yard field goal attempt by Alex Howell was wide right and BC settled for a 6-0 halftime lead despite outgaining UMass, 276-84, including 211-22 on the ground. BC ran 45 plays in the first half to just 24 for UMass.

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Olivier Hanlan passes up NBA draft, will return to Boston College for junior year 04.16.14 at 6:23 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — While new coach Jim Christian is looking to rebuild the basketball program, he is getting a big piece back from the Steve Donahue era.

Sophomore Olivier Hanlan announced Tuesday that he will forego the NBA draft this spring and return to Boston College for his junior year.

Hanlan, the 6-foot-4 swingman, broke onto the scene with a sensational freshman season and set an ACC tournament freshman record for scoring with 41 points against Georgia Tech on March 14, 2013. The Eagles won 84-64. Hanlan went on to win ACC Rookie of the Year.

This past season, Hanlan ranked third in the ACC in scoring (18.5), fourth in minutes (36.2), sixth in free throw percentage (.811) and seventh in field goal percentage (.447). During conference play, he ranked second in scoring (18.4) and fourth in field goal percentage (.460).

The Aylmer, Quebec, product became the third player in Boston College history and the 29th player in ACC history to reach 1,000 points as a sophomore (1,100). Troy Bell and Craig Smith were the other Eagles to accomplish that feat and they are first and second on the BC career scoring list, respectively.

Hanlan was an All-ACC third-team selection this year after being named the conference Rookie of the Year in 2013.

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Jim Christian hires recruiting wiz Scott Spinelli to help rebuild Boston College hoops 04.14.14 at 5:42 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL ‘€“ The first major move of the Jim Christian era is complete.

The new head coach of the men’s basketball program at Boston College announced Monday that he has hired recruiting specialist Scott Spinelli away from the University of Maryland. The news first broke minutes after Christian’s introductory news conference last Tuesday at Boston College. Christian said one of the keys of getting Boston College back on the map in the Atlantic Coast Conference would be “recruiting the right kids” and “recruiting the players who really want to be at Boston College.” Spinelli will lead that effort.

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman was the first to report the hiring of the man who spent the last three seasons on Mark Turgeon‘€™s staff at Maryland. He has coached with Turgeon for the last eight years at Wichita State, Texas A&M and in College Park.

‘€œWe are excited to have Scott join our basketball staff here at Boston College,’€ Christian said in a school news release. ‘€œHe is an outstanding young coach, a proven recruiter and he has developed strong relationships in the New England area. Scott has had success everywhere he’€™s coached and he has a few important qualities I was looking for: the ability to recruit and coach at a high level, and to develop the student-athletes in our program.’€

It’s a coming home of sorts for Spinelli, who is a native of Leominster, Mass. and a graduate of Boston University. Spinelli was the key recruiter that helped lead Texas A&M and Maryland to four NCAA Tournaments and one NIT appearance. In his four seasons at Texas A&M, the Aggies had the best four-year win total in program history.

Spinelli has helped the Terrapins bring in consecutive top-25 recruiting classes. Five of his players are currently playing in the NBA in Gal Mekel (Dallas), Donald Sloan (Indiana), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee), DeAndre Jordan (LA Clippers) and Alex Len (Phoenix.)

Spinelli first joined Turgeon’€™s staff as an associate head coach at Wichita State in 2006-07. He has served as an associate head coach since the 2005-06 season at Nebraska. He was an assistant coach for two years with the Cornhuskers prior to his promotion. Spinelli was also the associate head coach at Maryland (2011-14) and Texas A&M (2007-11).

Spinelli has also spent time with Loyola-Chicago (2001-03), Philadelphia 76ers (2000-01), Cincinnati Stuff of the IBL (1999-2000), American (1997-99) and Wyoming (1996-97). His first coaching jobs were as head coach at Milford (NY) Academy (1990-93) and the Winchendon School (1993-96).

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