Head coach Steve Donahue, who took Cornell to the NCAA tournament in each of the past three seasons, was officially hired by Boston College on Tuesday, ending the school's search for a replacement to Al Skinner.
Skinner had been the Eagles head coach for 13 seasons, but was let go late last month.
Donahue just completed his tenth season at Cornell, and it was his best yet, ending with a 29-5 record, the most wins in Ivy League history. In the NCAA tournament, the Big Red became the first team from their conference to reach the Sweet 16 in more than 30 years.
In announcing the decision, BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo said he was looking for a more exciting style of play than the banging, Big East style Skinner favored. [...]
DeFilippo hopes his new coach will draw fans to the Conte Forum, where attendance has declined for four straight seasons. The e-mail invited fans meet the coach and proclaimed a "new era in BC men's basketball."
The official news conference is scheduled for Wednesday.
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