It's time for my rant against people who think firing Skinner was the wrong decision.
First of all, Reggie Jackson and Biko Paris would have never been the players they were if it weren't for Donahue and his system. And don't you dare say both those players were good fits for the flex.
I agree Donahue is not as good a recruiter as Skinner. But remember this....AT LEAST HE DIDN'T HAVE A CLASS THAT HAD NOBODY SIGNED OR COMMITTED! I don't care if it's his second year. 2 out of 2 years he is bringing in players. And he also got Danny Rubin, who contributed for half a season, and Gabe Moton, who is not great but isn't the worst 45 grade on ESPN I've ever seen, in about a week.
Also, Donahue is working a lot harder at recruiting than Skinner did. Bob Ryan said it best, "Skinner assistants like Bill Coen and Ed Cooley got all his players. When they left, Skinner didn't work his but off and find assistants like that or get on the recruiting trail himself." Don't get me wrong, Brady Heslip is tearing it up at Baylor. But remember he lost 25 pounds before he was game-ready. And what has Kevin Noreen or Papa Samba Ndao done? Nothing. Donahue is always mentioned with guys in later classes, which Skinner never did. This strategy can pay off if a Wayne Selden or a Noah Volneh-esque player pulls a Chris Herren and says, "Hey, I want to stay local and be a star at BC."
And to that response that Donahue ran Heslip off, remember Marquez Haynes? He could have been part of that 2009-2010 team. He had worlds of potential. Remember Shamari Spears? Don't get me wrong, the legal trouble with him was bad, but he was tearing it up at Charlotte. He also had a ton of potential. Daye Kaba and Johnnie Jackson were 4-star recruits that Skinner ran off. I was furious at Skinner for not playing those 2 more.
Donahue is always working his ass off. I see it on TV or at the game. He is always up and encouraging players. Those offensive sets against URI were not bad. I was often frustrated with Skinner in the 2009-2010 season, when he didn't yell at the team or call timeouts to wake them up. That team could've been much better had they woken up. Believe me, I saw the embarrassing Maine loss that year. That team was just asleep. For games like the win over Clemson they woke up and played to their potential.
And even if this team loses a ton more games, they can learn from it and come back stronger over the passing years. That's my mentality, and BC fans, I think it should be yours.