Hoops Head Coach Steve Donahue Fired

Steve Donahue will not return as head coach of the Boston College basketball team, sources told ESPN's Jeff Goodman on Tuesday afternoon.

The firing puts an end to what was a period of struggle and malaise for a BC basketball program that had seven NCAA tournament appearances in 13 years under former coach Al Skinner. Donahue compiled just a 54-76 record in three years as head coach, garnering a sub-.500 win percentage and just one appearance in the NIT.

Earlier last week, Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel reported that Donahue would return as head coach, but the athletic department never confirmed the report. Much speculation followed Thamel's initial report released last Thursday--and above outcries from BC alumni and donors--The Boston Globe's Michael Vega reported on Saturday that BC was yet to make a decision.

The gap between Saturday and Tuesday afternoon's announcement was a tense lull: Silence from BC's athletic department as the specifics behind Donahue's departure were likely being ironed out as noise from students, alumni and fans intensified.

Goodman reported via Twitter that "Boston College never made any announcement about Steve Donahue last week," and "AD Brad Bates never told Donahue anything concrete until today."

As of now, BC will return every player on the team but Dan Rubin next year. There is no word on whether or not former ACC Rookie of the Year Olivier Hanlan, second-team All-ACC selection Ryan Anderson, or starting point guard Joe Rahon will leave the team. Earlier reports speculated that the trio could leave for other schools or, in Hanlan's case, the NBA.

UPDATE: Boston College athletics director Brad Bates is holding a press conference at 4 p.m. on Tuesday for the media, and it will be streamed live online. According to Michael Vega's report for The Boston Globe, Tommy Amaker is a frontrunner for the BC head coaching job.

This story will be updated and revised as more information regarding Donahue's departure is made available.

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