April 6th, 2010 | Sports

BC hires Cornell’s Donahue

M. BASKETBALL | Looks like Steve Donahue is moving up the college basketball ladder.

According to various reports, Boston College has hired Donahue, the head coach of the Cornell men’s basketball team, to lead the Eagles.

Donahue amassed a 146–138 record in 10 seasons in Ithaca, the last three of which ended in Ivy League championships and NCAA Tournament appearances. Just two weeks ago, the Big Red won their first two NCAA Tournament games in program history before losing to one-seeded Kentucky in the Sweet 16. But it seems unlikely that the same success can continue — the Big Red will lose nine seniors, including three key starters, to graduation this spring. Prior to taking the Cornell position, Donahue served as an assistant at Penn.

According to ESPN.com, Donahue has contacted at least one other Ivy League head coach about joining his staff with the Eagles. James Jones, head coach of the Yale basketball team, denied any contact with Donahue.

Donahue replaces Al Skinner, Boston College’s all-time winningest coach, who left BC last week after 13 seasons with the Eagles.

Marc Beck contributed reporting.