SYRACUSE - After 10 years at Cornell, coach Steve Donahue is an overnight success. He's reached the Sweet 16 with a senior-dominated team that is 29-4 after upsets of Temple and Wisconsin allowed the 12th-seeded Big Red to meet top-seeded Kentucky Thursday night in the East Regional semifinals at the Carrier Dome.
Although Donahue never had a winning season in his first six years at Cornell, his seniors have gone 88-32 over the past four seasons. Suddenly, Donahue is a hot commodity with his name cropping up for job openings at Seton Hall, St. John's and any number of other major-college openings.
But when the question about his interest in exploring other opportunities came up again Wednesday, Donahue said, "Obviously, I get calls about other things. What goes through my mind is: I shouldn't be talking about this because it's unfair for the group. I just say there will be a time when I have to deal with certain things in my personal career.
"But I love this team. That [talk of job prospects] would be so unfair. It's the easiest thing to block that out in my mind. I'm enjoying this, I hope, as much as they are. I'm going to try to get a group like this again . . . [but] that may never happen to me again in my career."