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Steve Donahue Talks Dick Kelley On ESPN Radio's SVP & Russillo

Boston College men's basketball coach Steve Donahue joined ESPN Radio's Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo to talk about his special relationship with Boston College Athletics sports information director Dick Kelley and how the school is giving back.

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Boston College football's Steve Addazio wasn't the only Eagles head coach to make the rounds on ESPN this week. Men's basketball coach Steve Donahue was also on ESPN Radio's SVP & Russillo to talk about his special relationship with Kelley and how the school is helping with his struggle.

Full audio is here and certainly worth a listen. Here are two excerpts:

Donahue on how the school is helping Dick Kelley:

"There's two things that I'm really proud of being associated with Boston College. One is having someone like Dick Kelley when I got here. And I am late to the party with Dick Kelley. I'm only three years in. He's been here forever. He was incredible to me personally as I came in here and guys are leaving and recruits are decommitting. He's sticking by me and telling me all the things that probably I need to hear but in the same sense he's honest as well.

The other part of this is Boston College has done an incredible job making him feel part of the family. Dick is not married and Boston College has been his life and the student-athletes have been his kids over the last 20 years."

On what Dick Kelley has meant to the kids on the team:

"I think the thing that struck me that's different than your typical guy that works in your sports information director is that he actually has a relationship that goes well beyond that. I would even say that he has a better relationship with the guys right now than even I or our coaches do. For the reason being that they can go over to him and really talk to him about everything in life without anything to do with their basketball side.

The other part of Dick is he's very honest. He tells these kids exactly what's going right, what's going wrong and I think young people appreciate that. It's amazing how when I first got here, all I heard is "Hey, well you tell Dick Kelley I say hi" like everywhere I went. And I didn't get the chance to meet him until a week or two in and soon thereafter I realized just how involved he is with every aspect. Basketball is one of them but that's for every student-athlete here."