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Will Christian stay or go?

By admin Published: March 27, 2008

It's that time of year where the Jim Christian circus will begin to take shape. it's not like there hasn't been grumblings all season about his possible departure. Heck, last year he was all but gone to Utah. Yet in the end was beaten out by former Michigan State assistant and NBA assistant Jim Boylen and forced to stay with the Flashes.

Not like that was a bad thing. Christian earned his sixth straight season of 20-plus wins or more in his sixth year as a head coach. That's pretty impressive. Before the ugly loss to UNLV I heard more of a debate of where he is heading then whether he is staying. It is funny how quick 20 minutes of bad basketball can change things.

Despite his impressive resume, Christian has never won a tournament game outside of the MAC Tournament and that may scare away some suitors. After taking over the Flashes in 2002 he lost three straight years in the NIT Tournament (College of Charleston 66-71 in 2003, West Virginia 54-65 in 2004 and Western Kentucky 80-88 in OT to end the 2004-2005 season.)

He then failed to beat No. 15 Pittsburgh in the NCAA Tournament in 2006, yet I can't really blame him for that one, the 7-foot Aaron Gray dominated. Finally the UNLV game is what really hurt.

His name is popping up for certain interviews though and rightfully so. His impressive regular season and conference record is too good to overlook. After all he does have a career winning percentage around .700 (138-58) and dominates in conference play at a .728 clip (76-28)

his name has been mentioned with Providence here and here as well as, Oregon State . I will tryo keep up to date and see if any interviews come to fruition like they did last year. I am sure they will though.



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