Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
McGowan's never worked at a BCS level, but he has solid experience in the north east. He should be a good addition to the staff.
Addazio still needs to add one more staffer. I am surprised and disappointed that it has taken this long. Every day we recruit without a full staff is another opportunity lost.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
-- Hanlan's aggressiveness. I think he needs to drive on every possession. The motion around the perimeter is not leading to good shots.
-- Odio's blocks. He'd be a great asset as an energy guy on a decent team.
-- Van Nest's near the basket. I was hoping he'd be a spark, but he wasn't tonight. We need front line minutes but he's got to be more aggressive and grab more boards.
-- Anderson settling for mid range shots. I am sure he's getting worn down, but he's at his best on the low block.
-- Lonnie Jackson chucking it. We know he's streaky but today it felt like he just threw some of them up there.
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Monday, January 28, 2013
Legend has it that when Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes got to what is now Mexico, he had his ships burned. Like many historical anecdotes, I am sure there is some embellishment, but the lesson is simple: if you want full commitment, a leader needs to make sure his team has no other choice. That is sort of how I feel about Addazio's QB situation. First he landed a dual threat QB and now he has basically told our highest rated recruit Tim Boyle that the system is going to favor dual guys.
Boyle liked BC from the very beginning and has stayed true despite the terrible season under Spaz and the coaching change. I feel for him. That doesn't mean he is owed anything. Maybe Addazio is doing him a favor. He's now free to go where he is wanted.
As for what it means to BC...I hope Addazio has something in Walsh or has another ace up his sleeve. I don't know if Boyle would have been special, but he was a nice insurance policy. Now we are all in on dual threat QBs. It makes you wonder how we are going to use Rettig this season.
So when you are wondering how player issues or coaching fights or other newsworthy subjects are ignored by the Globe or Herald, remember that access remains key. Or in a case like Blauds and Spaz, sometimes you just want to go easy on your buddy.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
The Women's Ice Hockey team crushed UConn.
2014 recruit Justin Neslon liked his visit to BC. 2014 recruit Thadd Smith also enjoyed his visit.
We haven't taken a JUCO player in a few years, so it is surprising to see our interest in Marvin Fan Fan. He's a Tight End but could probably play in a few other positions too.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
I would start with the basketball team losing to Virginia, but that is to be expected. Virginia is a good defensive team and made life difficult for our best player (Anderson). Don't read too much into us leading at the half...as we still haven't shown we can play 40 minutes of quality basketball.
The Hockey team usually provides hope to everyone around BC athletics, so when they lose back to back games you start to worry. It was the first time Maine had swept us at home since 1993 (when Maine was at its peak). The last time BC lost consecutive games at home to anyone was 2007.
But the strangest news of the weekend, was the Heights report that our 2013 game against New Mexico State will be a road game!?! Everyone assumed it would be a home game, especially when we settled on playing a team like New Mexico State. Brad Bates has yet to explain why he selected this game and why he seemingly cut a one-off deal where we travel, but I assume it is all about money. I know BC talked to plenty of schools about coming to Boston and all wanted huge guarantees. If we travel we don't pay the opponent. In fact depending on the price of buying a game at Alumni against a lessor program, this might be more lucrative and less risky. Now New Mexico State won't provide the same sort of pay day that travelling to a BCS conference school might have (like Ohio State), but they are FBS. That means that a win in Las Cruces will help our bowl eligibility. The perceived momentum of another win next year might help Addazio and Bates as they rebuild. I know ticket buyers are upset about not having another home game, but would there have been much demand for NM State? Would it have sold out? Probably not. Until we show we can support a six game homeslate, I don't see the Administration in a rush to add a seventh game.
And if that wasn't enough, there's water damage in the Football offices.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
-- Should Van Nest and Caudill get more minutes? Dennis Clifford is limited out there leaving us very small. Yet we have two bigs sitting for most of the game. Why? I understand that neither player is going to be "All ACC' but they should be better than they are. Word is the shine has worn off Van Nest and he's got some lingering injuries. But even if he is not the player they hoped and he's a little dinged, I am sure he's healthier than Clifford.
Caudill is slow and I guess he's not in the type of shape Donahue wants. But how can a second year player not be in shape? How is the staff not riding this kid? Did they not get him on a S&C program last year? My cynical belief is that Donahue wants to free up a scholarship and is getting minimal playing time to send a message.
-- When is Heckmann going to grow up? I don' mind the missed shots, but the sloppy passing is inexcusable. Once again, what are the coaches doing to prevent this?
-- How should Donahue use his open scholarships? We need more and varied talent. Preferably with some size. But Donahue doesn't have much free space due to the large sophomore class. Saving this season is primary, but recruiting should be his next focus.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Basketball prospect Terance Mann likes BC.
Now that he is back and doing well, Jerry York night has been rescheduled for February 8.
Anyone who thinks we need to add seats to Alumni should read this article. More and more college football is becoming a TV sport and BC needs to be ahead of the curve in how we fill seats.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
-- Anderson avoiding foul trouble. It is a sign of a smart basketball player when he can guard bigger men all night and still score in the post without picking up too many fouls.
-- Lonnie Jackson sparking the run. In an ideal world this is how we would use him. When he hit those 3s in the first half the team had new life.
-- Hanlan making his FTs. It was nice that there wasn't a hangover from his last game.
-- The offensive decision making in the final two minutes. Our pace was slow. We waited too long. We couldn't find good shots.
-- Second half turnovers. It wasn't Maryland playing better. It was our carelessness.
-- Shooting. Do we need to go over this again?
Monday, January 21, 2013
What's interesting about the Dawson hire is that he left big-time football to work as a high school AD. Although it was a quality of life decision, I guess the opportunity to work for his old friend at the highest level was too much to pass up. Best of luck to him.
Thanks to reader Greg for the link.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
First McGovern gains NFL experience. He also gets to be part of the Chip Kelly-NFL grand experiment. If this works, it could be the type of coaching hire that changes the League. Finally it allows Addazio and McGovern to have a fresh start with the BC Defense.
McGovern was invaluable to BC over the years, but no one knows how this transition was going to work. Taking a demotion and working for yet another BC coach might have dulled McGovern's energy and outlook. Was he ready to recruit hard again? Was he going to work well with Don Brown? McGovern's been very adaptable over the years, but this was going to be different.
This also allows Addazio to distance himself from Spaz. The continuity benefit that McGovern provided isn't as critical with Day and Washington on board. Now the staffer most closely associated with Spaz is gone...and although there was plenty of blame to go around for our 2012 defense, it was technically McGovern's job. There was some subtle pressure to keep McGovern, so now Addazio has free reign to hire any LB coach he wants.
I think McGovern will do well with Kelly and in the NFL. Players love him and he's a sound position coach. Best of luck to him.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Men's Hockey bounced back from Friday's loss to beat Northeastern.
Silas Spearman is now one of BC's main recruiting targets.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
As I've referenced, people send me all sorts of gossip and conspiracy theories revolving around BC sports. Obviously 99.99% of it is garbage or very difficult to confirm. If I ever think anything is serious but don't want to write about it, I pass it on to whoever I feel can help resolve the situation. I imagine a school like Notre Dame has a similar culture and network...only bigger and under more of a microscope. If Te'o was allegedly confronted December 6, I doubt that it didn't get back to Notre Dame sooner. His childhood friend Robby Toma is a Notre Dame WR! Just based on my experience, I would suspect a Grad Assistant, a Sports Information Director or at least a position coach heard about something at some point prior to December 26.
My blogging experience also has me questioning how a Notre Dame fan didn't sniff this out sooner. Anytime I blog about a sad Boston College story or a current or former player in need, I always get emails from people either trying to help or sharing their story of how they reached out to those involved. I am only one blogger and BC is a much smaller community than Notre Dame. If a BC star's girlfriend died in season, I know there would be dozens of BC fans who would reach out to her family...even if the family asked for privacy. The media reported this fake girl died in Southern California and even named the hospital. There are thousands of Irish fans in Southern California. Appropriate or not, I am surprised that not one of them attempted to reach out and inadvertently discovered the hoax.
These things are always hard to keep underwraps. The more people that know the more likely it is to unravel and with a fanbase as engaged as Notre Dame, I just don't see how no one heard anything prior to the Te'o family sharing the secret.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Stewart Mandel gave BC a "B" for our coaching hire and like most thinks snagging Don Brown was a coup.
Most of you might have seen this already, but Gene is now teaching people the basics of football.
Adding an essay to the BC application process drastically cut the number of applicants and that is probably a good thing.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Washington staying is not a surprise. Washington coaching Running Backs is. When Spaz was fired, the three names who gained the most support from Football Alumni were Barry Gallup, Bill McGovern and Al Washington. Gallup will always have some job at BC and McGovern is probably back where he belongs. Washington was the wildcard. His resume is short, so those who went to bat for him are basing it more on the person and his playing days. And I have no problem with that. While you don't want your staff filled with Alumni, having at least one is important. He can relate to the players. He can fill in the gaps with the staff and he can be a bridge between the past and the present. Washington also brings some much needed youth and diversity to the mix. The red flag is that he's taking over a position that he's never played nor coached. While this has been uncommon among BC hires in the last decade, it is not unusual for college football. Guys switch sides and take on new positions all the time. Breaking down film and teaching is universal to coaching regardless of which position you coach. The drills and little nuances can be learned and on a staff of offensive, run-focused veterans, I am sure we will be fine with Washington. What he will need to do is recruit hard. On most staffs that is what is expected of the young guys. They have the energy and they can relate to the high school players. Washington wasn't a huge factor in this most recent recruiting class, but the based on player tweets, he can connect. Now he just needs to keep going strong.
One more thing on Washington...go watch this video and remember this quote: "all Washington was doing was defending his teammate." We talk about loyalty a lot, Washington is a guy who has proven it on the field.
I've been thinking about ourconference schedule since the ACC released the new format. The addition of Syracuse and the limited cross-division rotation was the latest reminder that the conference needs to reorganize the divisions along old conference ties. We need to have a "
As the conference continues to grow, we continue to lose identity and history. We are now just a collection of east coast schools that are too good for the Big East and or haven't been poached by the SEC or Big Ten. Pockets of our fanbases are unsatisfied and say they miss the good old days. If you realign, you help reform that history yet still get the financial and voting strength that the larger conference provides.
The move would be fairly clean and still keep things balanced with regard to football strength and potential. Look at this potential mix:
Obviously the one problem is that there are only six teams with historical ties to the Big East. One ACC school would have to play elsewhere. In this scenario I moved Wake since it helps balance things based on football history and size of school. Other candidates to play in the east could be Georgia Tech and Florida State (since both joined the ACC in modern times) or Virginia (so they could be geographically aligned with Virginia Tech).
But the big thing this does is placate the old school fans in North Carolina who still feel the newbies ruined the conference. I also think it would help the "east" teams with fan and media interest. BC, Syracuse, Pitt and Miami should be playing each other on a regular basis.
The politics of this are tricky and I doubt anyone is going to push a proposal like this forward. It is too bad since a common sense move like this could strengthen the conference short-term and long-term.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Purdue hired Jim Bollman. Normally I congratulate coaches when they land on their feet, but not in this case. It seems Bollman is poaching BC commitment Dan Monteroso. I know it happens all the time, but in general BC and its former employees have shied away from the practice.
BCI put up a good chart showing who we might play in the second week of the 2013 season. My guess is Florida State.
Olivier Hanlan earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors.
No official word from BC, but Washington did "like" BC Mike's Facebook comment on Washington staying on as RB coach. (See screen grab.) There must be some validity to it all. I will comment more on Washington staying and his new position once BC releases their announcement.
BC has yet to make an official announcement on the potential staff holdovers from the Spaz regime. Speculation has been McGovern would be the only one to stay. Now recruit Myles Willis is tweeting that Al Washington is staying too. In my opinion that is good news but incomplete until we know his role and who else is staying.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
New WRs Coach Todd Fitch's hometown paper is keeping tabs of his recruiting in Ohio.
With their win over Clemson, the Women's Basketball team already exceeded their ACC total from last year. Congrats to Coach Johnson.
The Men's Hockey team lost Saturday's game to UNH.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
It's comedic, but EDSBS likes the Addazio hire.
In the last question of Bruce Feldman's mailbag, he mentions Don Brown as a great addition.
Friday, January 11, 2013
I don't know about you but this has me excited. September can't get here soon enough.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
-- Rahon and Hanlan penetrating. The two of them do it differently. Hanlan did it to push pace and get his own shot. Rahon picked his spots more and looked for an easy basket or open teammate. Regardless of who or how they drove, both styles gave us efficient plays.
-- Aggressive Defense. Once again, VT is not talented but that doesn't capture the good help, good defensive rebounding and clogging passing lanes.
-- Lonnie Jackson finally making 3s. He went 5 for 8 from downtown and had a few that killed VT runs.
-- Clifford's mobility. We are thin so we need him and he's playing hard, but man he is having trouble on D. If he gets out of the paint, his legs are so bad right now that he cannot get back into the paint if someone drives.
-- Terrible Free Throw shooting again. This number is misleading because Jackson made some key FTs in the final minutes. Against a better team it would have cost us.
-- Heckmann's dumb fouls. It seems like every game he does something that hurts the team. Tonight he made multiple dumb fouls. It forced us out of small ball.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
HD thinks we will be at the bottom of the conference again next season.
A group of BC Athletes are using their last days of vacation to help out in New Orleans. You can follow their experiences at BCeagles.com.
Monday, January 07, 2013
At this point Bates knows most of the major issues regarding our game day experience. But if we want him to embrace new ideas and try new things, we need speak up. If you think you have a better system for parking, say something. If you want improvements at Alumni, you need to take this opportunity to meet with Bates.
It will be interesting what people have to say and how Bates reacts. As a group season ticket holders are informed and a little disgruntled, but they are probably the easiest group to win over. They want to hear good news and believe all their years of support will finally pay off with better game days.
Since I don't attend many home games, I don't have much skin in the game. But I am curious to see how Bates communicates in that setting and if the fans will believe that change is coming.
Sunday, January 06, 2013
The biggest problem as I see it, is that even when the team plays better defense and moves the ball well within the motion offense, we are still missing too many shots we should make. We only converted 24 of 37 free throws. We only made 7 of 22 3-pointers. For a team of shooters, that is not going to get it done.
But the defense was better, especially against an athletic NC State team. I also liked going small for long stretches. The small ball does raise the idea of what to do with Clifford once he is 100%, but Donahue managed that well yesterday.
So what is the real BC team? Is it one that can hang with anyone like Baylor and NC State? Can they pull off some wins? Or was yesterday a result of our best effort against their offday? We will find out more this week.
Friday, January 04, 2013
The Marching Band will be part of the Obama Inaugural. I'm sure they will do us proud.
The Women's Hockey team beat St. Lawrence. The men tied Yale.
BCI recapped our uniform combos from last season. My vote is pretty consistent. Gold helmet with maroon stripe. Maroon jerseys at home, white on the road. Gold pants at home, maroon on the road. One crazy Under Armour helmet and uniform a year.
Wolford is a rising QB star from Florida. He will be part of the 2014 recruiting cycle and just got his first SEC offer. Many other BCS programs are interested. He's a good kid, who plays at a Catholic School, in recruiting hotbed and most interestingly his brother Bobby is a current BC linebacker! BC should be a factor in his recruiting. But will we?
Towards the end, Spaz couldn't connect with family recruits. While blood and legacies shouldn't always be binding when it comes to recruiting, you would hope that it would give BC an in with a prospect. Under Spaz it seemed to drive players away. Perhaps they knew how bad things were. One of the most overlooked aspects of recruiting is current players. There is a lot of self selection going on and if the current players don't like playing for a coach and don't show a recruit a good time, it is tough to get a player on campus. I don't know what Bobby Wolford or his parents think of Addazio. I don't know how happy they are with BC. But maybe a new approach and new leadership will have John excited about the opportunity to play with his brother.
The other aspect of Wolford's recruitment is if Addazio even wants him. In his press conference he mentioned playing all styles of football and playing the best players. But the reality is he has a preference for dual-threat QBs. His pursuit of Michael Julian is proof of that. Will Addazio adapt his offense and adapt his recruiting preference so that he can take Wolford -- a highly-touted "pro style" QB?
Addazio is going to bring in a lot of players. Given his background and our admissions office, they are all still going to be good kids. But I hope that as he changes the culture around the program, siblings, staffers' kids and legacy players want to come to BC and that we use ever recruiting angle we have.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
London did clean house and does need a DC, but I don't think Spaz will be in play. TOB is an empty nester and Spaz still has kids in school in Massachusetts. I doubt Spaz is willing to sacrifice any buyout money to go be an assistant somewhere else.
This is from a few days ago, but Doug Martin is returning to New Mexico State. Best of luck to him.
Johnny Gaudreau is on a great run in the World Juniors.
The Heights posted a good preview of the basketball team heading into ACC play.
The women's basketball team lost to Hampton.
Luke Kuechly might not win Defensive Rookie of the Year, but he is getting credit for changing the Panthers defense.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
<p>According to Rivals.com Justin Rowland, BC has hired a new defensive line coach but the program can't announce it yet. This sort of secrecy may seem a bit extreme but as always with college sports, politics and recruiting are factors.
Speculation is that the guy is current Temple Dline coach Ben Albert. Albert would fit Rowland's hints as he has ties to Massachusetts and worked for Addazio. If it is Albert one might wonder why he wasn't named earlier when the other Temple guys were. This is where politics come in. When Addazio left, he caught Temple's leadership off guard. If he took the whole staff with him right away Addazio could've devastated his Temple recruiting class and burned more bridges. Now that Temple has hired a replacement, other former Addazio staffers can move on.
If it is someone else, I suspect the guy is still coaching in a bowl or recruiting and can't go public just yet. Either way it sounds like we will know shortly. It also sounds like no other Spaz guys will stay on.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
We've got rid of the italics (a.k.a. the slanty number). Reebok's been gone for many years. The regime that ushered the logo is now an old memory. Maybe 2013 is the year we should finally refresh the BC logo. I don't mind the eagle above. I also can live with the spacing and the gold/white trim. I just want to get rid of the slant. Or we can go with something completely new. I just think now is the time to get moving on the new look. Make all the relevant decisions in the next few months and then roll it out in September with the new school year! It will be the fresh start many of our teams need.