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Boston College coach Steve Donahue is starting over. He doesn’t have one player left from the Al...

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Boston College coach Steve Donahue is starting over. He doesn’t have one player left from the Al Skinner era, and that was two seasons ago. Yet, Donahue showed no fear with a team that might struggle to win one ACC game due in large part to its youth, inexperience and lack of star talent. Freshman Ryan Anderson has a shot to become the next hidden gem for the Eagles, but he’s not close to breaking through yet.

Some things I learned at ACC Media Day (ESPN College Basketball Nation Blog)

I would say it's one of the few places in America that I feel is one of the best academic...

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I would say it's one of the few places in America that I feel is one of the best academic institutions, that can compete for a national championship in basketball. So I think I don't have to take any shortcuts, and I can do everything that I've always done to recruit great kids with academic desires and then get an opportunity to play in what I consider to be the best basketball conference in the country. When I thought about leaving Cornell, I always thought it could only be something like this. I didn't necessarily think I was going to leave Cornell, but I said if it had to be, it had to be this kind of situation where it's just so good academically and so good basketball-wise, in a great city, that that's probably my best move.

Donahue on why the BC job was a home run (ithacajournal.com)

With the Boston College job still open, Auriemma was asked if that men's vacancy intrigued him....

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With the Boston College job still open, Auriemma was asked if that men's vacancy intrigued him. "Yeah, yeah, yeah, sure," he said, facetiously. "We win 30 games every year and I'm going to go someplace where I'm going to get killed?"

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma on his possible interest in the vacant BC men's basketball head coaching position. Let's not get ahead of ourselves here, Geno ... Auriemma rules out BC job (Boston Globe)

Dayton's Brian Gregory talked to BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo, who received permission to...

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Dayton's Brian Gregory talked to BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo, who received permission to talk to him, but has declined to visit Boston for an interview, according to a source close the situation.

Sources: Gregory out of running at BC (ESPN Boston)

Bruce [Pearl] said to me, "You know how much I love Boston College ... and I’d love to come back t...

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Bruce [Pearl] said to me, "You know how much I love Boston College ... and I’d love to come back there. But Tennessee took a real chance on me, and I owe it to them to stay here and finish the job."

Pearl Says No To BC, DeFilippo (Boston Herald)

Even the most optimistic BC fans in the world (of which, let's be honest, there aren't many) cannot...

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Even the most optimistic BC fans in the world (of which, let's be honest, there aren't many) cannot expect that there is a remote chance Pearl will be on the sidelines at Conte Forum next November. Yes, Pearl went to BC. Yes, his first assistant coaching job was with BC. But besides that, there is zero motivation for him to leave his situation in Knoxville for the cold, dreary pastures of Chestnut Hill, Mass.

No Chance Bruce Pearl Will Leave Tennessee to Replace Al Skinner at Boston College (NESN)

One thing about Skinner that needs to be defended is his work ethic. He has a tight-knit group of...

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One thing about Skinner that needs to be defended is his work ethic. He has a tight-knit group of friends and might come across as aloof at times. But if you're allowed in to watch games, to talk hoops, to observe practice as I was at times, then you'll see just how intense he is about the game and how much he is well-versed in all nuances. Skinner does a great job at practice of being the CEO, sitting and standing to observe position, making decisions and passing within his flex offense. Countless times Skinner would make corrections, offer encouragement and question moves by his players. There was an immense amount of respect the players had for Skinner and at the same time his persona and presence allowed for a bit of intimidation that the players had to fear.

In Defense of Skinner's Work Ethic (ESPN's Andy Katz)

Our goal now is to find a coach who shares our vision of Boston College basketball. We will begin...

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Our goal now is to find a coach who shares our vision of Boston College basketball. We will begin this search immediately, and I want people to know that this is a very good job. Boston College, and the Atlantic Coast Conference, is seen as a terrific job. A lot of people say that we are in a pro town, which we definitely are, but it can also be a very good and exciting college town. The type of person we are looking for to lead our team is someone who will make us very competitive against local teams and teams in the ACC. We want a coach who is going to play a very exciting brand of basketball. We want a team that is going to give us everything they have to give while they are out on that floor. We want a coach who will relate to our student body, staff, alumni and fans. Lastly, we want a coach who will continue to recruit outstanding young men who will be successful in the classroom, on the basketball court, and in the community and we know that type of person is out there.

Gene DeFilippo Basketball Coach Job Criteria (BCEagles.com)
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