Jim Christian’s departure from TCU for Ohio University was made official Monday afternoon by a statement from TCU Director of Athletics Chris del Conte.
Earlier in the day, sources say that Christian spoke to his team to tell them of his mood. He told them that he was making the move for his family and taking the job at Ohio was a good decision for his family.
Christian also took the time to call all four of TCU’s signees who were expected to join the program for the 2012-2013 season.
I spoke with both Ryan Rhoomes and Charles Hill, both of whom were signed with the Frogs.
"I dont really know what is going to happen right now," Rhoomes said. "Coach Christian called me and told me that he was looking forward to coaching me but had to make this move for his family."
I asked Rhoomes what his options were, and I asked if that meant choosing between TCU and Ohio or opening his recruiting back up.
"That means opening my recruiting back up," Rhoomes said. "I will talk to my parents about it and probably decide within the next week. It will ultimately be my call whether to go to TCU or open my recruiting back up."
"Coach basically told me that everything is in my hands,” Rhoomes finished.
Hiring a coach within the next seven days is obviously important if TCU wants to have a good chance to keep Rhoomes as a Horned Frog.
Fort Worth native Charles Hill said, "Right now I am just going to kind of sit back and wait and see who the new coach is. I am probably going to stick with TCU because I like being close to home where my family can still watch me."
"I just want to see a new coach who has some of the same traits as Jim Christian and a guy who plays a good style and just a guy that I can trust," the Fort Worth native said. "Coach Christian called me today and said that it was a family move and a move that needed to be made for his wife and his family," Hill said.
Hill said that Christian mentioned on the phone with him that his wife's illness that didnt allow him to coach TCU's last game was also something that made the Ohio job appealing because she could be close to her family.
"It looks like I will still stay with TCU," Charles Hill reiterated.
This week Hill will participate in the Ball Is Life All-Star game in California where he will compete in the dunk contest on Friday as well.
At Ohio, Jim Christian will take over a team that just wrapped-up a year that saw the Bobcats advance all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
The Sweet 16 appearance marked the school’s best season in 48 years.
They will return all of their top scorers including point guard D.J. Cooper, Walter Offutt, and Igo Baltic.
The Jim Christian era at TCU will end as Christian departs with a 56-73 record as the head man of the Frogs.
By comparison, Christian was 137-59 during his first six years in the MAC at Kent State.
TCU basketball sports information director, Andy Anderson, said TCU players will have no comment until a new coach is hired.