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Steve Donahue Is Outta Here!

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Four years is all Boston College is giving Steve Donahue. After delivering just one winning season, way back in 2011 with basically Al Skinner’s players, the Eagles are looking for a new coach. You know what,  I can’t blame him. This team was heading in the wrong direction.

Donahue went 54-76 overall, 24-44 in conference play. Heading into this season it looked like the Eagles were about to turn a corner with a solid core of Olivier Hanlan, Ryan Anderson and Joe Rahon, but instead they bombed, winning just eight games, absolutely refusing to play anything that resembled defense.

Now there are reports that Hanlan will bolt early to the NBA and Anderson and Rahon will transfer back out west. Considering the fact that B.C. has zero recruits coming in so far in 2014, eight wins next year could be considered a good season no matter who the new coach is.

This is why it is important that athletic director Brad Bates goes out and catches the biggest fish possible.

Rumor has it that former Duke player/assistant and current Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker is the front-runner. He’d be an excellent hire. After a successful run at Seton Hall, Amaker left for Michigan. While any coach in their right mind would love to have that job, at the time, it wasn’t…as they were being investigated for the Ed Martin scandal. While he was able to remove the stank of the scandal, the best Amaker could do on the court was win a N.I.T. championship in 2004. He never could get the Wolverines into the NCAA tournament and he was fired after the 2007 season.

The following year he was hired by Harvard, a school that last tasted the NCAA tournament in 1946. In seven seasons, he has gone 138-69, winning 20+ games in five straight seasons, earning three straight trips to the NCAA tournament. In the 2013 tourney, his team upset the 3-seed, New Meixco, 68-62. This season, Harvard is a popular upset pick against Cincinnati.

Did I mention that Harvard has beaten Boston College six straight times?

I have to be honest though, I’m not sure B.C. can land Amaker. If he pulls off another second round upset, he’s going to be high on a lot of teams’ list. One would think there might be a more appealing job out there.

 

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