Thursday, April 8, 2010


After thrusting Cornell into the national spotlight with three straight Ivy League titles and a trip to the Sweet 16, Steve Donahue is ready to take on the best basketball league in the country – the ACC.

The former Cornell coach was introduced at Boston College on Wednesday after inking a six-year deal.

Taking over a program that has struggled to compete with the four pro sports teams in town—and even the college hockey team on campus—Donahue dressed his children in BC gear and did his best to fire up the crowd at an on-campus pep rally.

Donahue led the Big Red to a 29-5 record this season—the most wins in Ivy history—and the school’s first ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 in 59 years. Cornell, which had never won an NCAA game, beat favored Temple and Wisconsin to become the first Ivy team to reach the Sweet 16 in more than three decades; they lost to No. 1-seeded Kentucky 62-45 in the East Regional semifinals.

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