Saturday, May 31, 2014
I'm not a lawyer, but I think something like this has more legs than Northwestern players unionizing. The unionizing will take multiple teams joining in and could get caught up in courts. This settlement will put a check (albeit a small one) in the hands of former players.
Who knows how this will all play out? My only real prediction is that we will follow the lead of the schools we want to be associated with (like Duke and Notre Dame). But what the means or when change happens is a mystery.
Friday, May 30, 2014
Oh man--Duke vs Notre Dame for a title, talk about #America losing.— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) May 26, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
BC's top QB target for 2015 Hampton McConnell will visit this weekend.
Florida LB Carson Lyndon picked Virginia Tech over BC.
BC lost out on Ohio QB prospect Joe Burrow. He's staying home and headed to Ohio State.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The space allotted for the new boards shows that we are avoiding the video board arms race. Half of the video boards in the SEC wouldn't even fit in Alumni. But this is a good start and should make for a better gameday experience for ticket holders. (HT EO message boards.)
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
ESPN posted Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach's picks and 10 ACC teams (plus Notre Dame) were slotted. What surprised me is that they don't account for BC getting an at large bid. As we've seen over the years, if a major conference team gets to six wins, they will end up in a bowl. BC's TV ratings in low-level bowls also lead to us backfilling open slots. It could be that neither McMurphy or Schlaback don't think BC will get to six wins. But most of the early previews have the Eagles in that neighborhood. CBS's early projections had BC going to Detroit.
I will make my predictions later this summer, but I am not worried about BC staying home. As usual, if we get eligible, it will all work itself out.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Rettig is one of many undrafted players trying to make the Packers. But given the Packers' history with QB development and their willingness to carry four QBs during the offseason, Rettig will have plenty of time to impress.
The Women's Sailing team is ready for Nationals.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Former Eagle Eric Campbell is making the most of his time with the Mets.
The Chargers cut Ian White already.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
BC just finished another disappointing Baseball season and yet there doesn't seem to be much talk about the future of Head Coach Mike Gambino. After four seasons the team remains one of the worst in the ACC and failed to qualify for the ACC Tournament. While the showed signs of improvement this season and there is renewed hope about facilities, we have to continue to ask if we have the right staff in place. I am an outside observer so I asked Brian Foley from College Baseball Daily for his opinion. My questions and his answers follow.
1. BC looked better and was more competitive but still had a terrible record. Was the improvement real?
Foley: The improvement was far from real. They played several of the have-nots this year with NC State being a complete failure while they still ended up losing a series to old friend Mik Aoki’s Notre Dame squad which finished with a 9-21 record.
2. Who or what was the biggest surprise of the season and biggest disappointment?
Foley: The biggest surprise to me was the development of Chris Shaw into an upper echelon ACC player. He finished the year with a .329 average and a team high six homers which was the same amount that the rest of the team combined for. Shaw was a disaster as a freshman when he hit .165 with six homers and 19 RBI.
The biggest disappointment continues to be the pitching staff which had a 4.27 ERA which is high seeing as about half BC’s games are against weak northern competition in midweek play and on the Spring Trip.
3. Would you fire Gambino? If no, what are the expectations for next year. If yes, who are potential replacements?
Foley: Would I fire Gambino? I don’t know if the school cares enough to actually fire him. I was attending the America East Tournament this week when one of his former players in Anthony Italiano got a key double to lead the Seawolves to a victory. This was a kid that was not good enough to play at BC but has had a solid little career at the Long Island school.
My first phone call would be to Justin Blood at Hartford. He has made that program into a respectable team which plays hard throughout the game. There were trailing a game by nine runs but wouldn’t give up in the ninth inning when they ended up losing only by four. This is the toughness that is missing right now with the BC program.
My second phone call after Blood would be to Steve Owens at Bryant. He made the NCAA tournament last year for the Smithfield RI school and had a successful run at Lemoyne before heading to the Bulldogs. Lemoyne would be an absolute pain back in the day for schools and Bryant is becoming a new Lemoyne.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Anyone who says that after your time at BC you'll move on to "Bigger and Better" things has obviously never had Uncle Che Chi's sausage.— BC Che Chi's (@BCCheechees) May 20, 2014
Congrats to all @BostonCollege graduates today. Remember: "Ever to excel, to do better than others, and to bring glory to your forbears.."— Warren K. Zola (@WarrenKZola) May 19, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
I love the World Cup. For me it is the perfect sporting event in that the sport is played at a high level, there are multiple, easy to follow storylines, and best of all it comes during one of the traditional slow times in the sports calendar. But despite being the most popular sporting event in the world, there are still plenty of Americans who don't "get" it or worse don't care. If you are BC fan, I offer another reason to get on the World Cup bandwagon: Alejandro Bedoya. The former Eagle just made the final roster for the U.S. Men's Team and should be a critical contributor to the team.
Just by making the team, Bedoya fans can now claim he's BC's all-time greatest soccer player. Charlie Davies' was an exciting USMT player, but his car accident stunted his career and kept him out of any Cup. Other BC guys have had solid professional careers in the U.S. and abroad, but none has made such and deep or talented World Cup roster.
The U.S. received a brutal draw for the Cup, so this whole thing could be over before it even starts. But if the U.S. advances to the knock out stage, it will need Bedoya to have the tournament of his life. He's an Eagle so he knows about excelling at the right time.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
As expected, the USC game will be on national television and in prime time on one of the ESPN/ABC networks.
Pennsylvania WR Prospect Amechie Walker plans to camp at BC this summer.
ESPN confused KPL with the other KPL.
Johnny Gaudreau keeps making the highlight reels for Team USA.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Former #ODU G Dimitri Batten just confirmed, via text message, that he will transfer to Boston College for his final season.
— Dave Fairbank (@FairbankDP) May 20, 2014
Jim Christian is putting another one of his scholarships to good use, by bringing in Old Dominion transfer Dimitri Batten. Batten is eligible to play immediately.
Batten is another wing, but with Hanlan as the primary point, some of Rahon's old minutes will go to perimeter players. Batten also has a chance to earn playing time with his defense.
While we all wanted a big 2014 recruit, a fifth year is a win-win. Like football, it represents a low risk, mature player.
Now that Christian's got a 2014 recruit and a fifth year, I expect the next scholarship to go to a true transfer.
The issues that he's attacking are not really relevant to the current situation. Most athletes have plenty of time to graduate. A fifth year for players who don't work out on the field, is a small, small issue. Medically most of these guys are essentially covered year round. The head trauma debate is relevant, but I would say the NCAA and the teams in Boston are relatively ahead of the game. BC has been granting full medical waivers to head injury victims for two decades (think of Jim Unis). Why isn't Zakim mandating head injury policies for Massachusetts High School sports, the NHL, MLS, and NFL?
I don't mind attacking the system. But the real issue isn't health. It isn't safety. It's money. When Zakim figures out a way to mandate payment for players, then he will have my attention. Right now he just feels like someone trying to make a name for himself.
BC has a lot at risk in this process, but I predict these laws are a long way from being passed and then enforced.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Women's Lacrosse lost a close game to Syracuse in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
You've got to love that KPL wore a suit and tie to his NFL Combine interviews.
Matt Patchan scored a 42 on his NFL Wonderlic.
Baseball lost their series to Clemson.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Terrell committed to Rhode Island after dealing with their program for nearly two years. He was familiar with Hurley and the team. He's been interacting with Jim Christian and BC for a few weeks. Despite being a bigger program, that lack of familiarity is tough to overcome. Plus our roster situation was not as friendly. We have Hanlan returning and he'll play 35+ minutes a game, be the primary ball handler and the leading scorer. And BC has decent depth at wing. Terrell would have come in immediately and played, but the minutes and scoring weren't as clear cut. The situation was much more inviting for a big man like Diallo.
Terrell would have been a huge boost and a great start for Christian, but it is not fair to hold it against the new staff. They scrambled the best they could, but the kid went elsewhere. It will happen again. The key to long-term success is just winning more of these battles than you lose.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Coworker just looked at my Neenan calendar & asked "Does BC really look that nice?" Showed him the other pages and was like "Yup." @bcalumni— Grant Salzano (@Salzano14) May 14, 2014
RB Andre Williams on being drafted: "From the start I had a feeling it was going to be the Giants, and I'm glad it turned out that way."— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) May 10, 2014
The ACC's counting conference games as non-conference games and telling BYU it's not a real football team and John Swofford is on crack.— Spencer Hall (@edsbs) May 15, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
KPL's preDraft workouts in Florida helped him impress during the draft process.
Donahue commit Jeremy Miller still names BC among his top choices.
Baseball lost to Clemson.
Softball placed three players on the NFCA All-Region Team.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Even as Grobe's Wake teams slid back to their historical norm, they still gave BC tough games. The only reason so little is expected of them this season is due to the wholesale changes made by the new staff. Myerberg predicts a season where they still struggle offensively.
UMass is a trainwreck and one of the worst teams in FBS. Mark Whipple won't change that overnight. Myerberg knows that if they are going to have a miracle season, they need to upset BC in the opener.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Under the new Notre Dame agreement we will play the Irish less (basically six out of ten years). While we've done a good job of finding like-minded or traditional powers to fill the void on non-ND years, there is always a temptation to find a nice win to pad the records. But cupcake opponents don't drive ticket demand and don't bring much national respect. Now regardless of who the coach is or what our AD wants to do, we know that BC will always have one good non-conference game annually.
Finally this move accelerates the idea of BC playing more games out west. The Alumni population in California is growing and the response to the USC game was impressive. We already reach the South through our ACC schedule and the Midwest with our frequent Notre Dame and MAC games. Plus the Pac 12 tend to be the most aggressive schedulers of the major conferences. I think most would gladly sign up for a two-game series with BC.
The ACC is doing this to appease its members, appease its TV partners and strengthen its positioning for the playoff committee. It is not about BC. But it adds stability to our conference and good games to our schedule. That's good for BC fans.
Monday, May 12, 2014
As we've been saying, the Packers viewed Rettig's multiple OCs as a positive. He's knows how to learn a new offense quickly.
Nate Freese was the first kicker drafted by the Lions since 1992. Detroit is hoping he's a long-term solution.
People back in Pennsylvania were happy for Andre Williams.
Divitto hopes to make the Jets' roster.
Patchan wasn't the only Tampa native the Bucs signed as undrafted free agents.
Ian White's hometown wrote a long feature on him prior to getting drafted. The San Diego deal will be a nice post script.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Williams got things started and then what could have been a slow day, quickly became a great day for Eagles. The Seahawks took KPL in the Fourth Round. I think that's a great fit for him as they like to use players in multiple roles, and he has the speed to play a small end but also cover TEs and RBs. The Lions drafted Freese in the Seventh Round and the 49ers used their last pick on Kaleb Ramsey. Freese should be a sure thing for Detroit. If Ramsey can stay healthy, he should also make the 49ers roster.
After the Draft ended, the undrafted guys quickly found teams. Divitto signed with the Jets, Edebali signed with the Saints, Sinkovec signed with the Ravens, White signed with the Chargers, and Rettig signed with the Packers. The Packer-Rettig situation reminded me so much of Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck went through multiple coaches and coordinators and dealt with a lot of losses while at BC. But the Packers proved to be the perfect situation to become an NFL QB. Rettig has the same chance now.
The one surprise is that Matt Patchan has not signed with any team yet. Given the number of private workouts Patchan had, I think he'll catch on with some team soon, unless there is an issue we are not aware off. UPDATE: Patchan signed with Tampa.
I don't know if any of these guys will be stars, but they are all getting a chance. That's what matters.
Friday, May 09, 2014
Only three ACC schools have at least two players left in the NBA playoffs. Yep, of course Boston College is one! https://t.co/HMJJSSz9GQ— ACC Sports (@ACCSports) May 5, 2014
Crazy. Boston College has had 5 first-round picks in the last 6 drafts. Miami has had 1.— Matt Smith (@MattSmithCFB) May 8, 2014
Boston College pic.twitter.com/IIKnpsJiaQ— Stunning Campus (@StunningCampus) April 27, 2014
Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson committed to Arizona last night: http://t.co/7qVE6bTCNd— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) May 9, 2014
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Selling the NFL to any high school prospect is pretty disingenuous. Even the majority of recruits at Alabama and Florida State will not play at the next level. For a long time, BC's pitch to potential players has been about more than football. We sell the BC experience, the education, the city, and getting your degree. Our appeal is about life off the field and life after football. Yet we still need the NFL.
Without the carrot of playing at the highest level, BC wouldn't be BC. As much as we push education, there are plenty of places where a kid can get a great education. Just like there are plenty of places where a guy can just play and focus on football. Our mix of elite football and elite education is a pitch only a few schools can offer. And to effectively sell it, we need to send guys to the NFL. We need the NFL Draft to showcase our best players and validate our process.
The media created the "Harvard during the week, Alabama on the weekend" cliche to mock BC's divided priorities, but the reality is that split is a great position. We should embrace it. There are certain players who want both. And those types of guys who want both, have been the foundation for our past success.
It is unlikely that any BC guys will get drafted Thursday night. By Sunday though there should be a new batch of our guys headed to new NFL teams. And with each selection our staff will be texting and tweeting those Draft updates to a new batch of potential BC guys.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Rutgers brought more embarrassment upon themselves and the Big Ten this week. The Big Lead wondered if we were one of the schools the Big Ten should have selected in the past.
Once again BC teams performed very well on the APR.
Some Lacrosse experts think BC is most likely to get upset in the opening of the NCAA Tournament. Our draw involves three conference champions.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
I don't know why there are fewer stories this year. My Bing alert only mentions him six times in the last seven days. Maybe writers are moving on. Or perhaps there are just new targets. Either way, I hope he starts getting the credit he finally deserves for both his college and NFL career.
Monday, May 05, 2014
Can confirm that Jared Terrell is at BC now. No other visits planned. Former Oklahoma State commit.I know it is early but this is a huge week for Jim Christian. First he hosted Jared Terrell Monday. Terrell is the shooting guard who committed to OK State and now wants to stay closer to home. He's elite and he's local. He also sort of fell into our lap when he decided to back out of his Oklahoma State commitment. If we get Terrell, it provides a real shot in the arm. The team will get a player who can replace some of Rahon's offense and Christian will get a player he can build future recruiting classes around.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 5, 2014
But the sales push for the 2014 recruiting class doesn't end with Terrell. California big man Idrissa Diallo will be on campus this week too. He might not be as important locally as Terrell, but he would still be a huge addition to a team desperate for size.
Christian's reputation prior to BC was that he was a hoops lifer and a gym rat. He wasn't considered a silver-tongued recruiter. But if he gets these two guys, especially given the timing and circumstances, then we might be in for a big surprise on his future recruiting.
Sunday, May 04, 2014
Baseball lost their series finale to Pitt. The team is now 9-18 in ACC play and only has one ACC series -- against Clemson -- left.
Remember former basketball player Dallas Elmore? His BC career was never what he thought it would be and neither has his post-BC career. I hope after the article, someone from BC reconnects with him and helps him finish his degree.
Women's Lacrosse beat BU.
Softball closed their season with a loss to Notre Dame. They finished the season 30-22 and 12-14 in the ACC.
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Friday, May 02, 2014
Likely the only '14 draft prospect penning a "philosophical memoir." You'll want to read this from RB Andre Williams: http://t.co/yNaET0weku— The MMQB (@theMMQB) April 29, 2014
Thursday, May 01, 2014
California wing Elijah Stewart is a 2014 recruits and uncommitted. He's also a Top 100 player.
From @JoelFranESPN about Elijah Stewart 5 schools..Cincinnati (visiting this weekend), Pitt , USC, OK State, BC. Plans to take all visits .Supposedly Stewart will visit BC next week.
— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) May 1, 2014
Local 2014 prospect Jared Terrell is also visiting. He had a previous relationship with Preston Murphy and is probably our best chance at an elite recruit in this first class.
Hearing BC and Providence are most likely landing spots for former Oklahoma State pledge Jared TerrellAs for 2014, Terrace Mann remains the centerpiece of the 2015 recruiting class.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 30, 2014
Terance Mann remains the centerpiece of the 2015 class. Virginia Tech just offered him too.
BC is also involved with transfer Tevon Saddler.
UNC Greensboro transfer Tevon Saddler will visit Butler tonight, source told @CBSSports. Just visited Temple. Will also visit BC next week.Christian and company are also sending out their first offers for the 2017 class. It's never too early.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 1, 2014
Boston College has offered Cushing Academy (MA) & @RivalsNation '17 PG Makai Ashton-Langford after watching him this weekend in Dallas
— Adam Finkelstein (@AdamFinkelstein) April 30, 2014