BOSTON (CBS) — After four seasons at the helm, Boston College has fired head basketball coach Steve Donahue.
The Eagles announced Tuesday that Donahue would not return next season.
“That decision was really (made) after a lot of thought and analysis,” Boston College A.D. Brad Bates said Tuesday afternoon. “Steve got a vote of confidence [about halfway through] the season, but unfortunately that confidence waivered in subsequent weeks with the team’s performance.”
Donahue, who replaced Al Skinner in 2010 after leading Cornell to the NCAA tournament three straight years, was just 54-76 during his tenure with the Eagles. He had two years remaining on his contract.
The Eagles were 8-24 this season, their most losses since a 21-loss season in 1998-99, and just 4-14 in ACC play. They had a signature win in mid-February when they knocked off the then-undefeated Syracuse Orange in Syracuse, but dropped five of their next six games to close out the year.
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Boston College made just one postseason appearance in Donahue’s first season on the job; an NIT berth in 2011. They defeated McNeece State in the first round, but lost to Northwestern in the second round.
Donahue, 51, is 200–214 over his 14-year head coaching career.
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