BOSTON (AP) -- Steve Donahue was fired as basketball coach at Boston College on Tuesday after four seasons without an NCAA tournament berth and two with the most losses in school history.
Donahue was let go with one year left on the five-year contract he signed to succeed Al Skinner, who led the Eagles to the NCAA tournament seven times in his 13 seasons.
"Steve got a vote of confidence at some point during the season," BC athletic director Brad Bates said at a news conference. "Unfortunately, that confidence wavered in subsequent weeks with the team’s performance."
The Eagles were 8-24 two years after going 9-22.
Donahue’s biggest win came when the Eagles beat top-ranked and previously unbeaten Syracuse on the road, 62-59 in overtime on Feb. 19. But they were just 1-5 after that, finishing the season with a 73-70 overtime loss to Georgia Tech in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.