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Spinelli leaves Maryland for Boston College

Mark Turgeon has seen a lot of changes in the Maryland program in the past week, including the loss of assistant coach Scott Spinelli.
Mark Turgeon has seen a lot of changes in the Maryland program in the past week, including the loss of assistant coach Scott Spinelli.
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Maryland Terrapins assistant coach Scott Spinelli joins three players in leaving the program, agreeing to become the top assistant coach at Boston College.

Spinelli will reportedly receive a significant raise in returning to his roots in New England.

It's unknown why Spinelli made the decision to leave the program, but a significant raise and the opportunity to relocate back home certainly played a major role.

It's also possible that Spinelli became concerned with the state of the Maryland basketball program and the long-term job security, thinking he had a better chance with a brand new coaching staff at Boston College.

There were also reports that Spinelli and Mark Turgeon weren't particularly close, so that may have played a role as well.

Spinelli did a nice job as a recruiter with the Terps, most notably landing Jake Layman before he really blew up.

He was rumored to possibly be a head coaching candidate at a couple of small schools in past years, but nothing serious ever materialized. It was expected that he wouldn't leave Maryland expect for a head coaching position, but will no solid looks of late, he decided it was time to move on.

Maryland will now have to turn its attention to filling the assistant coaching position left vacant by Spinelli, and it's possible there could be a second opening. Rumors continue to swirl that Bino Ranson could be a candidate for a head coaching job at a small Division I school.

That would leave Maryland in an interesting situation since Dustin Clark has only been an assistant coach since the fall, taking the place of Dalonte Hill after he had another drunk driving arrest.

Juan Dixon was hired in December, but it seems unlikely that he would be vaulted into the role as one of Turgeon's three assistants with so little coaching experience.

One name that keeps coming up is Pat Flannery, the former Bucknell head coach who had some impressive performances in the NCAA tournament. Flannery would give the team a better tactical assistant as opposed to being an ace recruiter.

There has been some thought that Maryland might benefit from a true basketball coach rather than a recruiter given the way the team struggles with fundamentals, often makes silly mistakes, and many players have shown little to no improvement since coming to College Park. There has also been concern over some of Turgeon's in-game coaching decisions, though that seemed to improve toward the end of last season.

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