The only other New England job open is Harvard, and that search is picking up speed, with former St. John's coach Mike Jarvis in the mix. Harvard, which fired Frank Sullivan this month, is scrambling to hire a black coach. The university has been embarrassed by its lack of a black head coach in its 41 varsity sports.
While Jarvis has been the early focus of attention, former Michigan coach Tommy Amaker has emerged as a contender.
Obviously Harvard is one of the few schools with a more pathetic basketball program than Michigan but, still, getting fired in Ann Arbor and ending up in Cambridge isn't such a terrible state of affairs. After the six seasons of abject failure that Amaker inflicted on Michigan it wouldn't be all that surprising if he never coached anywhere ever again. Of course his competition for the job, Jarvis, lost his gig at St. John's in the wake of scandals involving paying players, drug abuse and carousing for strippers while on the road. If only Dave Bliss were black, then Harvard could truly get someone worthy of their university's traditions.