Earlier Friday, George Washington officially announced it was hiring Vermont's Mike Lonergan as its new men's basketball coach. It was hardly a surprise: Lonergan's name had surfaced repeatedly with regards to the opening, and reports that a deal was done began to surface Thursday night. What, then, does this mean for Four McGlynn, the Dallastown hoops standout who has signed to play at Vermont? I spoke with Pat McGlynn, Four's father, on Friday night. He called the news "disappointing" and said his son will take a wait-and-see approach to see how Vermont's coaching search proceeds. When asked if his son would explore other options, Pat McGlynn said "possibly." "You make a commitment to not only the school because you love the school, but because you have something with the coaches," said Pat McGlynn who coaches the York Ballers AAU team. "You gain their trust and vice versa. Now you're sending your son eight aways to someone you don't even know." Because McGlynn has signed a National Letter of Intent, he would have to request -- and be granted -- a release by Vermont before he could talk to other schools. So who knows what happens from here. Pat McGlynn said he spoke with Vermont's athletic director Robert Corran on Friday. McGlynn said he hopes the school will consider hiring an in-house option, perhaps assistant coach John Becker. He added it's his understanding the school will not interview associate head coach Hajj Turner. (UPDATE: The Burlington Free Press is reporting that, indeed, Turner will not be considered for the job.) What seemed clear was that the McGlynn family had forged a strong relationship with Lonergan. He and Pat McGlynn's wife grew up in the same town: Bowie, Md. This seems to happen all too often nowadays in recruiting -- as coaches puddle jump from one program to another, recruits get left in their wake. It's one of the hazards of college recruiting. The fact that this all went down in May -- as opposed to late March or April -- also doesn't help McGlynn's cause. It's pretty late in the game, and a lot of schools likely don't have scholarships open. Then again, Four did have upwards of 20 offers when he committed to Vermont last summer, so you can bet there will be coaches and programs out there interested.
McGlynn in wait-and-see mode with Vermont
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