Mr. College Football thinks Tranquill is one of the key additions among ACC staffers.
Here is more on our new OL recruit.
HD took a look at the different QB depth charts around the conference.
Mr. College Football thinks Tranquill is one of the key additions among ACC staffers.
Here is more on our new OL recruit.
HD took a look at the different QB depth charts around the conference.
HD also mentioned Chris Pantale's strong spring.
SI has us in what would be the "others receiving votes" category of their 2009 Top 25. Surprising given the general media perception predicts major drop off for us.
The Softball team beat Dartmouth Tuesday.
We just finished the 2009 Draft so of course it is time to start thinking about 2010. This mock draft has Herzy going top 10.
Any Katz remains high on BC's basketball team next year.
BC slugged it out with Quinnipiac Tuesday.
Mike Dee, the Head of Fenway Sports Group, may step down to take over the Miami Dolphins. Who knows what his departure will mean for BC sports marketing. Dee was the driving force behind FSG. Let's hope his replacement could keep up the momentum on BC's efforts.
Brandon Robinson signed with Philly so he stays an Eagle.
Robert Francois signed with the Vikings.
The Packers did not get caught up or distracted by the false news related to Raji's drug test.
The Globe estimated a crowd of 2,000 at the Spring Game. The Herald had a bit more detail including a quote from Castonzo emphasizing the transition to a more power running line scheme.
Toal might be one of the underrated guys to get picked on Day 2. (Thanks to Ryan for the link.) Former Eagle Fraz Joseph is also hoping for his chance and holds no ill will towards BC. (Thanks to Matt for the link.)
Baseball lost to Duke 9-2 on Saturday.
The good news today was both BJ Raji and Ron Brace were drafted on the first day of the 2009 NFL Draft. Brace gets to stay close to home in his deal. Raji will play in the middle of nowhere, but that should be good. In Green Bay he can focus just on football.
One request to anyone attending the game: please take pictures.
I'll have thoughts on the game and draft late tonight.
In his final mock draft, Peter King has Raji going to the Bengals.
Jay Glazer has Raji falling to Jacksonville.
The ACC named Kristin Igoe and goalkeeper Katie Monaghan to their all conference lacrosse team.
The BC women lost to Duke in the opening round of the ACC Lacrosse tournament.
This blogger has Brace ranked as the 55th best prospect and Raji as the 14th.
"With the 7th pick of the second round, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Ron Brace, Defensive Tackle, Boston College."
I've read repeatedly that many teams looking at Raji are also considering Brace. Jacksonville has a need at DT and Brace will probably be available when they select in the second round. I think he'll be a good fit and a good pro. His upside is probably limited compared to Raji, but there is no reason he can't have a solid NFL career.
"With the 47th pick of the 7th round, the Kansas City Chiefs select, Brian Toal, Linebacker, Boston College."
Yes, I think Toal will be "Mr. Irrelevant." My gut tells me that someone will take a chance on him. Why not the Chiefs? In New England Pioli looked for players like Brian. Toal is versatile with a good football IQ. Pioli will take him knowing there is a chance he can contribute in three phases of the game.
Ryan Purvis -- Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons saw ever pass Matt threw in college. They obviously know our pass catchers and gave Tony Gonzalez a chance last year. They need depth and skill at Tight End. I bet they try to sign Purvis as a free agent.
Robert Francois -- Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers always seem to find the under the radar guys when adding depth to their defense. Francois seems like the type of player they like (good speed, size and upside).
Kevin Akins -- Oakland Raiders
This is just a hunch. I am basing this on the Raiders tradition of speed and the potential to use him as a light, quick LB. It doesn't hurt that Ricky Brown has done well as a free agent there too.
Although none of the marquee sports earned recognition, numerous BC teams scored very high on the NCAA's APR report.
Former Eagle Tim Ceglarski stepped down as Elmira's coach.
Sean Ryan signed with the Chiefs.
BC is in the mix for Maryland LB Troy Gloster.
...Arguably the single-most dominant player during the week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
Reliable tackler, but lacks the balance and lateral quickness to break down and make the tackle in space. Most effective when operating as part of a rotation. Maturity is a concern.
Versatile defender capable of projecting as a zero-, one- or three-technique at the next level.
Marginal effort and ability in pursuit. Flanked by a better prospect in Raji and often faces only one blocker.
Versatile defender capable of making an immediate contribution on special teams.
Good aggression to take on blocks, but gets washed out if engaged.
Gives good pop to tight ends and can ride in coverage. ... Gets good depth on his drops and is alert in coverage
Performance might have been inflated due to the surrounding talent at defensive tackle and linebacker.
Knows where the holes in zone coverage are and has the size and reliable receiving skills to settle there and be a security blanket.
based on his dismal performance in 2008, he might be a case for having a great quarterback (Matt Ryan) making him look better than he actually was.
High-effort player. ... Versatile, with a starting season at both left and right guard.
Flashes quickness to the second level, but lacks the balance and agility to block NFL-caliber athletes at the second level.
Plays with wild abandon; is willing to blow up fullbacks in the hole or blockers on the outside so his teammates can make the play.
His constant search for contact makes his injury issues especially problematic.
The Broncos like both of our Defensive Tackles. They probably can't wait for Raji to drop so they may reach for Brace. (Thanks to John for the link.)
Matt Ryan is going to be in an ESPN ad that will air this fall.
This New Jersey linebacker doesn't have a BC offer yet but hopes to turn some heads this summer.
The softball team picked up just their second ACC win of the year by beating Maryland in extra innings.
2010 commit Kevin Pierre-Louis spoke with Eagle Insider about his decision and the coaching staff.
When Boek signed with BC it made for good copy but the coaching staff was very excited about his prospects. A JUCO coach who helped funnel him to BC said he was better than Paul Peterson. Then he arrived on campus and struggled. He had trouble picking up the offense and didn't look like a DIA QB. When I asked Purvis about Davis and Boek at the ACC media days, he spoke highly of Dominique's progress. His nonanswer on Boek spoke volumes. Before official summer practice began Boek was moved to fullback. I felt it was premature. Why give up on kid after only one spring session? Yet everyone I heard from said that getting another Peterson wasn't going to happen. Even during the Crane and Davis struggles, using Boek never seemed like a viable option.
One of the benefits of coaching changes is the clean slate that certain players get from the new staff. Boek would probably still be a fullback if Jags was still around. He may not be the answer but given the way his entire football career has gone, you can never count the kid out.
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Spaz didn't tip his hand on the QB front either. Word is that Davis remains on top of the depth chart but isn't really standing out.
I remain optimistic about next season but predict a lot of 9-7, 13-10 type of games.
Kiwi and his mother are sharing their family story with students in Connecticut.
What is it about UMass that is giving the baseball team such trouble?
I didn't know what to factor into Corey Raji's grade. He showed guts and toughness by playing with a bad groin for the heart of the schedule. Yet he clearly frustrated fans and didn't progress as much as I would have hoped. At the end of the day it comes back to expectations and Raji didn't meet them.
The good news about Raji is that what he did well, he did very well. He's an instinctive rebounder who led the team in offensive [Corrected. Thanks, conlonc] boards. Having a guy who can keep those possessions alive is the key to Skinner's offensive system. Raji was good on the glass last year and only got better this year. In addition to being in the right place at the right time, he's also shown he can grab a ball in traffic and fight for those tough rebounds. Raji excelled in transition. He runs the floor well and is a good finisher on the break.
Raji's weaknesses were pretty evident -- he had 0 touch around the basket. He failed to convert on numerous opportunities close to the hoop. I have no idea what happened. Last year he had a very good shooting percentage by filling the stat sheet with putbacks and bunnies. Now it is like he is trying to get a ball through one of those small hoops you'd see at a carnival. Raji also struggled at times defensively. Big men got some easy baskets on him. Last year we often gave him a tough defensive assignment on wing players. This year other eagles got the call.
Raji has a great career ahead of him. Anyone who can rebound like that has huge value to any team. Maybe with the expectations a little lower next year, he'll step up his game.
Season Grade: B-
Austin Giles remains confident the DLine will deliver even without Brace and Raji.
Joe Lunardi thinks we will be a bubble team next year. The BCI guys are all over this. I think we are a lock to make the tourney and think we can potentially challenge for the conference title.
The Browns invited Ron Brace to Cleveland for an interview/workout. They are considering him for one of their mid round picks.
Cathy Inglese got a new job. She is now the head coach at URI. Best of luck to her there.
Bruce Feldman ranks Herzy as one of those great players who will never win a Heisman.
BOSTON COLLEGE EXTENDS CONTRACT OF ATHLETICS DIRECTOR GENE DeFILIPPO
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass (4-13-09)-- Boston College has extended the contract of Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo through May 2014, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, announced today.
In announcing the extension, Leahy praised DeFilippo for his success in enhancing Boston College Athletics as one of the most successful and respected athletics programs in the nation.
"Gene DeFilippo has provided tremendous leadership and vision to Boston College ’s athletics program, and he is also a great ambassador for our University,” said Fr. Leahy. "I am pleased that he will be with us for at least another five years."
Since arriving at Boston College in 1997, DeFilippo has been credited with strengthening the BC athletics program in a number of areas, including academic support, facilities and fund raising. During his tenure, Boston College student-athletes have consistently earned among the nation's highest graduation rates, resulting in the coveted Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Excellence during the 2007-2008 academic year. In addition, DeFilippo has spearheaded renovations to Conte Forum and Shea Field, added a new field hockey and a lacrosse/soccer field on the Newton Campus, and new field turf and an air-supported structure over Alumni Stadium that provides an indoor winter practice facility for all sports.
DeFilippo was also instrumental in the successful completion of the privately funded 72,000 square-foot Yawkey Athletics Center , which houses the football program and Learning Resources for Student Athletes, and provided critically needed space in Conte Forum for women’s athletics and Olympic sports.
Through his efforts, donations in support of BC athletics have grown steadily, with alumni, parents and friends contributing a record $21 million in 2008, a 10 percent increase over the previous year and a 200 percent increase from 2003.
Furthermore, DeFilippo oversaw the successful transition to full membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference, thereby enhancing the University’s visibility on the national stage and helping to significantly increase athletic revenue in support of BC’s 31 varsity sports.
“I am extremely fortunate in that the only job I want is the one I have here at Boston College ,” said DeFilippo. "I look forward to working with Fr. Leahy and the University community, our student-athletes and staff towards our goal of making BC Athletics the best it can be.”
Prior to coming to Boston College , DeFilippo served as director of athletics at Villanova University from 1993-1997 and has worked in athletics administration at the University of Kentucky , the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg , and Vanderbilt University . He also coached football at Vanderbilt, Youngstown State University and Tennessee .
A 1973 graduate of Springfield College with a bachelor of science degree, DeFilippo earned a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Tennessee in 1974.
DeFilippo and his wife, Anne, are the parents of three children: Christine, John and Mary.
In football the most popular guy is the backup quarterback. In basketball the backup point guard doesn't usually generate much excitement or longing. Yet this year you'd hear plenty of people wanting to see more of Biko Paris. The thought was the team was better with him at 1 and Rice at the 2 spot. While we will never know if Paris would have made more of a difference, we do know that Paris was very productive in his role this year.
Even though he is the closest thing we had to a point guard, Paris wasn't just a distributor. In the final weeks and in the ACC tourney he proved he could make big outside shots. Paris is also careful with the ball. His assist to turnover ratio was the best on the team.
While I think he'll play well in his expanded role next season, Paris still has room for improvement. He struggles a bit in the press. He doesn't take risks defensively but isn't particularly strong or able to just down top guards. We have no idea if he will sustain the same level of productivity if he starts logging 30+ minutes.
This is a glowing review for a guy who was only seventh in minutes played. He wasn't a game changer, but his steady hand and solid production was just what this team needed and will be a good foundation for next season.
Season Grade: B
Baseball blasted Wake in the first game of a double header and then won the series by winning the second game. BC is now 9-6 in the ACC.
BJ Raji won't be at the NFL Draft. Smart move from his agents. If he went to the draft and slid even just one slot out of the top 10, BJ would be the focus of tons of negative publicity.
SI tried to spin their unofficial retraction on the Raji story.
BJ was one of the players featured in the NFL.com's draft capsules.
In this mailbag Jamie Newberg thinks BC's recruiting will be better under Spaz. I am not concerned either way and think the "new coach = better recruiting" is another crutch of the recruiting sites (although I like Newberg a lot).
Andy Katz -- who is easily the most plugged in national writer when it comes to BC hoops -- is very optimistic about next year's team. If Katz is saying and thinking good things than that means the staff is confident too.
UNC's National Championship win increased BC's ACC related revenue.
BCeagles.com posted a Q&A with Lars Anderson.
Baseball beat URI to improve to 20-11.
In an earlier Basketball Grades post, I referenced the rebirth of Tyler Roche. A few folks scoffed. I think I was on the mark. How else would you describe a guy who was ignored for the first few weeks by the coaching staff, written off by most BC fans and then became a solid contributor?
With the youth movement and Trapani's transfer complete, Roche was sitting on the end of the bench early in the season. As he would later tell the media, the former starter felt frustrated. He knew he could contribute. But I am sure the staff had many of the same old fears regarding Roche: can't make the shots in game and is limited defensively.
Eventually he got on the floor and stepped up. He started knocking down his 3s. He didn't shut anyone down, but became a serviceable and fundamentally sound defender. Although not as tall or as versatile as Trapani, Roche served as a good sub when Trapani needed a rest.
Now just because he improved doesn't mean he doesn't have flaws. He made some curious decisions inbounding and doesn't have a great handle.
Roche will never be an all conference player. But the grade is in part based on expectations. He exceeded them this season.
Season Grade: B
The Raji parents have now come to B.J.'s defense on the drug test issue. In the Globe Reiss tries to get to the bottom of it all. The confusing part for me is that Raji's agents are now on the offensive saying they haven't heard from the NFL and using the NFL's silence as confirmation that test story was bogus. Yet I've read in a couple of places that the NFL doesn't release the test info to teams until April 20. So they are going around claiming innocence and there is a chance that they could still be burned by an NFL report. I think it is best that they all just take a wait and see and B.J. focuses on his team interviews.
Herzy is on the Lott Trophy watch list.
Softball beat Providence twice on Tuesday.
Initially Raji's new agents protested the SI story and said he was innocent. BJ, who did not issue any public statement, updated his Facebook status Monday with this "Correction not guilty...Break that news."
He still is not issuing any formal denial or rebuttal, but it is implied from the Facebook post that he is innocent and has been cleared in some capacity. Yet as of Monday night there were no new stories related to the case or any leaks on the blogs or message boards. The only news was another press release from his agents still claiming he is innocent. Regardless of what Raji says in the coming weeks the story probably won't go away nor impact his draft status much.
(Thanks to Brad for the tip.)
Any discussion of Jackson has to center on the Duke and North Carolina games. In both he stepped up and was unafraid to have the ball in his hands late in the game. That poise -- against college basketball heavyweights -- is an encouraging sign of things to come.
I also think Jackson's energy and defense were critical. The wiry guard mixed it up close to the basket for 14 blocked shots. Jackson also pushed the tempo off of turnovers. In a program that requires a lot of self motivation, Jackson provided a much needed spark.
If you are going to fault him for anything, it was his outside shooting and occasionally getting lost on defensive switches. But as I mentioned earlier, even those problems never cost us a game.
Jackson outperformed expectations and looks to be a key for the next three years. Next season he'll have to step up his game to fill some of the void left by Rice, but grading him on what he did this year, I give him high marks.
Season Grade: A-
CT linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis -- who originally committed under Jags -- is back in the fold.
Rice is now on the preDraft circuit and picked up Most Outstanding Player honors in a Detroit All Star game.
Although we only have three active QBs in the NFL, that is more than most schools. (Thanks to Miinn for the link.)
McGovern spoke with HD. He repeats what we know: it's Herzy and the youngsters.
The baseball game against NC State was postponed. There will be a double header Saturday.
The BCI guys posted this already but for those who missed it, Cablevision will be adding ESPN U on more of their systems. I get the U through DirecTV now and although the broadcasts have a low rent feel, it is nice to have all the games on the big screen.
Some regulars may wonder why I chose to focus on the media angle instead of BJ's boneheadedness. Partially because I don't think it will matter and partially because I am resigned to guys doing stupid things. They're human and just because you are a good football player doesn't mean you are a good decision maker. BJ's did a stupid thing and nothing I say can change that or bring a fresh take. My only hope is he changes his behavior and learns. But given his track record I think he'll remain talented and reckless.
This may not seem like a big deal, but the men's tennis team is ranked for the first time in school history. Congrats to the guys.
Another big day for Tony Sanchez as the baseball team beat UConn. They take on NC State at home this weekend. Not sure what the weather will be like, but come out and support what looks to be one of the best BC baseball teams in some time.
The softball team won both ends of a double-header against Holy Cross Wednesday.
Joe Martinez won the Giants Spring Training award. Let's hope it is a sign that he's going to have a big season. (Thanks to Michael for the link.)
My connection with Heather Dinich has been sort of an inside joke among the blog crowd and on the BC message boards. But the reality is her work frustrates me to no end. Take her article on the BC qb battle. This simple piece represents the problem with ESPN's conference blogger concept. She offers no new information to the die hard BC fans and it's probably a little too long to engage a fan of another ACC program. I understand the limitations and time constraints of blogging. I know Dinich works hard. I just wish she would try to take new looks on old topics or at least get better quotes. She has great access, yet doesn't have Spaz (or Tranq) saying anything new about any of the QBs. It is a missed opportunity. I have plenty of missed opportunities on this blog, but this is a hobby and an outlet for me. She gets paid to blog. Hopefully I will have a Q&A with HD in the future and she can better explain ESPN's direction with these blogs.
The baseball team pounded Northeastern Tuesday.
Here is more on Petrecki's signing with San Jose.