Sunday, February 05, 2012

Congrats to the Mara Family

One of the things we sell to football recruits is that BC is a family and being an Eagle will open all sorts of doors. In football, no family or organization embodies that spirit quite like the Maras. Congratulations to them for winning another Super Bowl. Congrats to all the BC folks who work for the Giants. Congratulations to Chris Snee and Will Blackmon. I really feel great for Kiwi. He received a Super Bowl ring four years ago, but had to watch from the sidelines recuperating. This time he earned it on the field. The only bittersweet aspect to all of this was that Mark Herzlich didn't get to suit up. Let's hope he gets rewarded in another season or too just like Kiwi.

The Maras (and Tisches) also deserve credit for sticking with Tom Coughlin. I know many BC fans secretly wished he would finish his career in Chestnut Hill. That's not going to happen, but at least we can always say BC was where it all started.

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At 11:26 PM, Blogger mod34b said...

Great Post. Great win for Giants, and BC too.

Giants and Pats are both class organizations.

At 2:14 AM, Blogger JBQ said...

A great move for Coughlin would be to walk away while he is on top and to finish his career as the A.D. at BC. This would solve lots of problems and provoke lots of interest. He would then be free to bring in a new coach. I would wish that it be done.

At 7:21 AM, Blogger Tim said...

Read this:

At 8:45 AM, Blogger NEDofSavinHill said...

The biggest winner of the Super Bowl may be Chet Gladchuk.1.He hired Coughlin as HC at BC. That position gave Coughlin a chance to demonstate his skill. As HC he took a 4 win team and made it one of the best in the country.(BC led the nation in offense in 93 and came within a fumble and missed f.g. of the the national title)2.He hired TOB. O'Brien recruited and developed all 6 BC Super Bowl players. All praise to Gladchuk

At 9:04 AM, Blogger Tim said...

Didn't Coughlin recruit a lot of the players who were responsible for the gambling scandal?

At 9:07 AM, Blogger bcoakhill said...

I agree 100% with Ned of SavinHill. Chet Gladchuck was a great Athletic Director. Coughlin and O'Brien were two of our greatest coaches. Of course, Chet Gladchuck, like Bill Flynn, both played football at BC and knew its traditions, heart and soul. Gladchuck's dad was a great football player at BC, too, and a great coach at U. Mass. Another great person, who did not play football at BC, but understood BC's heart, soul and traditions, was Father Monan, who hired Gladchuck as AD. Remember, after the Boston Globe and sleezez in the Globe's Sports Department wrongly smeared Gladchuck and drove him out, Gladchuck went on to a stellar career as the AD of Houston and Navy. Father Monan rightly deserves a place in BC's Sports Hall of Fame, as do Gladchuck, father and son, as do Coughlin and Tom O'Brien, as do Skinner and Inglese.

At 9:24 AM, Blogger bcoakhill said...

Tim. The so called "Gambling Scandal" was a farce, a veritable tempest in a teapot, a non-event. Let me explain briefly. Two second team players had bet a football card and picked syracuse to beat BC. The total value of the card was one dollar ($1). The inept coach, Dan Henning, then called all the football players to a meeting and cameras were present. He asked the players, "How many of you have ever gambled." A dozen or so out of eighty-five or so players raised their hands. Apparently, in high school and college, they had played cards, bet on March Madness, gone to the race track, rolled die, played poker, or engaged in some other innocuous, common gambling acts. This was called a "scandal." The scandal is a fabrication. The entire episode was manufactured by the media, the Globe, and Coach Henning to save Henning's job. Henning's brother was a famous Channel 4 television news anchor. Henning's pathetic ploy failed to fool Father Monan and Gladchuck. Henning was trying to deflect responsibility for his ineptitude onto the students. The so called "gambling scandal" was a petty, insignificant ruse, blown way out of all proportion by the bigotted, baleful Boston Globe and other unscrupulous media types. The so-called "gambling scandal" was less scandalous than other historical non-scandals like "the petticoat affair" of the Jackson Administration. There have been gambling scandals in sports. This wasn't one of them.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Big Jack Krack said...

Congratulations to the Giants.

I agree - the gambling scandal was a farce and terribly mis-managed.

Unfortunately, that's not the impression one gets whenever the matter is brought up.

Thanks a lot Dan Henning. What a stiff as a college head coach.

At 10:25 AM, Blogger Tim said...

Three players lost their scholarships after the gambling scandal (or affair, or incident, or farce, whatever you care to call it). If no one did anything wrong, why did Gladchuk (I believe he was still BC's AD at the time) revoke their schollies?

To be clear, I don't completely disbelieve what you guys are saying. But on the other hand I find it hard to believe that the whole thing was an unfounded lie cooked up by Dan Henning. Would BC really revoke multiple scholarships if absolutely no wrong was committed?

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Me said...

This is totally off topic, but does anyone know if the Beanpot is being streamed over the internet tonight?

At 11:26 AM, Blogger NEDofSavinHill said...

The gambling scandal?No criminal charges. No NCAA penalties.Only 3 students involved, no one expelled. A media manufactured event akin to the Duke Lacross hoax.

At 3:50 PM, Blogger mod10aeagle said...

The big screw up with the hockey team was during Gladchuk's reign, wasn't it? It involved Ceglarski's long-time heir apparent, Steve Cedorchuk, in his second or third year as a hugely unsuccessful HC. He was handing out more scholarships than he actually had, which left some incoming freshmen suddenly without a seat. BC fired him and former Bruin Mike Milbury replaced Cedorchuk only to bolt within a few weeks.

That debacle, coupled with Henning's performance, might be enough to get any AD canned. Other than GDF, of course.

At 4:36 PM, Blogger NEDofSavinHill said...

The hockey affair was a 2nd non event. Hockey gives out half scholarships to some players. BC never exceeded the limit. Jack Parker defended everything BC did. Gladchuk hired York the only current BC coach of any merit.Gladchuk is the best AD in BC history.

At 9:09 PM, Blogger eagleboston said...

Ned and Big Jack,

I respectfully disagree. Read this SI article.

It was a true scandal and a shameful period in BC football history.

At 4:11 PM, Blogger Big Jack Krack said...

Eagle - perhaps my comment should have been limited to "terribly mismanaged".

That gambling was so commonplace for many of the Boston College students and players was a real shame indeed - and that was a shameful time.

When I was there, the student bookies were readily identifiable and conducted their business openly in the cafeterias. Why was this tolerated for so many years? Does it still go on today blatantly?

I'm one of those guys who was never tempted to bet on anything (too cheap).

The Head Coach and his staff, and the Administration should have been way out in front on that one.

But Henning was a pro coach, and didn't make many demands apparently.


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