Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New captains and other links

The BC football team elected three captains today. With the honor Mike McLaughlin becomes one of the rare two-year captains. Matt Tennant also got the nod. The surprise election was Rich Gunnell. Hopefully that is a sign the Rich is ready for a big year.

The local papers got into the swing of things. The Herald had an article on Albright and Spaz's adjustment to his new gig. The Globe even got around to posting a story on Castonzo.

BC finalized a two-year basketball series with South Carolina. Adding an SEC team is a great idea for strength of schedule. My only quibble is that South Carolina provides another road game in the Carolinas. That's great for me and other BC fans in the southeast, but if we had played a Pac 10 or Big XII team, BC fans in other parts of the country would have been able to see the guys in person.

Raji remains a holdout in Green Bay. (Thanks to Mike for the link.)

Forbes is getting attention for its new college rankings. This is a potential challenge to US News' more established rankings. BC is in the Top 20 with Forbes.


Ry said...

Got my hoops season tix renewal. Looks like i am getting a $110 price cut off of last year. (from $360 to $250 with only one less game) I don't remember hearing anything about this during the offseason. Anyone know what this is about?

Old Heightsonian said...

The Forbes ranking evidences our fair Alma Mater's rise to become the nation's top-ranked Catholic institution of higher education:

#16 Boston College
#50 University of Notre Dame
#106 Georgetown University

That said, its methodology seems highly suspect.

Andrew S. said...

That Forbes list definitely shakes a few schools out of their entrenched top spots on US News, but it's hard to believe that there are ~100 better schools in the country than Dartmouth, Duke and Georgetown, nevermind UC Berkley at 73. To each his own, I suppose, but I know there are a lot of people who'd turn down BC to go to those schools.

Ry said...

the forbes criteria are drastically different in a lot of ways, many of which were intended to move the ranking away from a system that rewards schools that can spend their way to the top of the rankings. their poll takes student satisfaction (both with course offerings and professors) into account which is something that US News has never done. It also ignored the size of the schools' endowments. It also focused on shorter term employability and earning potential. It's definitely a different poll and it may fly in the face of conventional wisdom, but it is definitely not a bad thing that we did as well as we did.