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BC has not made decision on Steve Donahue’s future

Questions remain about whether BC men’s basketball coach Steve Donahue will return to the Eagles’ bench next season.Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff/File

Two days after the Boston College men’s basketball team culminated a school record 24-loss season with a 73-70 setback to Georgia Tech in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, it appears school officials have yet to reach a decision on whether to retain Steve Donahue as its coach.

According to a Sports Illustrated report, Donahue, 51, met with BC athletic director Brad Bates and was told he would return for his fifth season. However, when reached Friday night, Bates declined to confirm the report, saying, “When we’re ready to make a public statement in the best interest of the program, we’ll do that.’’


Donahue has two years remaining on a six-year contract. He described the season as “the craziest year in my 30 years of coaching’’ following Wednesday night’s loss.

Asked how he felt about the direction of the program, Bates said, “The obvious answer is we’re not where we want to be. Our university motto is ‘Ever to Excel’ and that’s where we want to be, whether it’s competitively or as scholars or as leaders and servers.’’

Christopher L. Gasper of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Michael Vega can be reached at vega@globe.com.