Cornell Coach Steve Donahue Close To Becoming Next Boston College Coach

Sam BlumCorrespondent IApril 6, 2010

SYRACUSE, NY - MARCH 25:  Head coach Steve Donahue of the Cornell Big Red reacts against the Kentucky Wildcats during the east regional semifinal of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Carrier Dome on March 25, 2010 in Syracuse, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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After leading his Cornell team to three straight NCAA tournaments, Steve Donahue appears to be on the move to Boston College, a move that could become official as soon as tomorrow. 

The news was announced by early Tuesday.

Donahue's stock has been on the rise ever since he led his team to a league-winning 13-1 Ivy League conference record. His team would eventually advance to the "Sweet Sixteen," where the Big Red lost to Kentucky in a hard-fought, defensive battle. 

Donahue was considered heavily for many open jobs, mostly in the tri-state area. He was considered possibilities for Fordham, Seton Hall, and St. John's. All of those positions have been filled. 

Boston College is coming off a 15-16 season, 6-10 in ACC conference action, and did not advance to the NCAA tournament or NIT. They recently fired coach Al Skinner. Boston College lost to teams like St. Joseph's, Harvard, Rhode Island, Maine, and NC State. 

Donahue, who is a beloved member of the Ithaca community will be missed by Newman Nation, who seem doomed in the coming years. They will graduate eight seniors, including stars Jeff Foote, Ryan Wittman, and Louis Dale. 

Skinner was with BC for 13 seasons. And Donahue was far from the top of the list for BC, who's top choices included both Dayton coach Brian Gregory, and Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl. 

With Donahue gone, and Cornell's streak likely over, the Ivy Leagues will likely become a competitive league again. Princeton lost some good talent, but will still be a force in the Ivies. Harvard, who will return most of their players will also be a team to look for.

In fact even teams like Yale, Columbia, and Cornell might be able to make a push next year. This year was one of the best years for Ivy League basketball. But what does the future hold for next years Ancient Eight?