Donahue meeting with Boston College

Updated: April 6, 2010, 1:52 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Cornell coach Steve Donahue has emerged as the choice to replace Al Skinner as the men's basketball coach at Boston College, multiple sources told ESPN.com Tuesday.

One of the finalists for the position was informed Tuesday that Donahue was in town to meet with Boston College president Father William Leahy.

One Cornell official said Tuesday that Donahue was scheduled to attend a late afternoon winter sports celebration on campus, but didn't rule out that he could meet with BC earlier in the day and call a team meeting back in Ithaca. The source said he expected Donahue was leaning toward going to BC.

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Doug Benc/Getty ImagesSteve Donahue has led Cornell to three straight Ivy League titles.

The Boston Globe reported Tuesday morning that Donahue will take the Boston College job "barring a last-minute snag in negotiations." The newspaper cited unnamed sources in its report.

Donahue led the Big Red to the Sweet 16 and a third-straight Ivy League title this past season. Cornell is losing key senior starters Jeff Foote, Ryan Wittman and Louis Dale, as well as six other seniors.

Boston College has been snubbed by Dayton's Brian Gregory, Richmond's Chris Mooney and Bruce Pearl of Tennessee, who is a BC alum.

The Eagles also interviewed former Skinner assistants Ed Cooley of Fairfield and Bill Coen of Northeastern, who was at BC Monday.

Skinner, the school's all-time winningest coach, parted ways with Boston College last week after 13 seasons. BC and Skinner are negotiating a $3 million buyout, preventing Skinner from speaking publicly about his departure.

Boston College is playing Miami (Ohio) in the hockey Frozen Four semifinal Thursday in Detroit, and Eagles athletic director Gene DeFilippo would like to announce a new coach before that event, possibly as early as Wednesday.

At least one source close to Davidson's Bob McKillop was trying to get him involved in the job search at the 11th hour, but it was apparently too late.

Donahue resurrected the Big Red since leaving Penn as an assistant for Ithaca, N.Y. Donahue won just three league games in his first season, two in his second and steadily climbed toward the top of the league while Penn and Princeton went through coaching changes. Donahue is 146-138 in 10 seasons, 78-62 in the Ivy.

Multiple sources in Indianapolis said that Donahue had contacted coaches about joining his staff with the Eagles, including at least one other Ivy League head coach.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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