Friday, June 30, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
The latest New Jersey verbal is OL/DL prospect Khris Banks. He is not some five star, must get, but he is the type of solid prospect BC has always developed. More importantly he is the type of prospect Rutgers used to get under Schiano. In fact, Rutgers offered Banks before BC did, but he still decided to leave the state.
As provincial as it may seem, Rutgers main problem in New Jersey is a lack of Jersey assistants. It is all outisiders. BC is hitting the state with former Rutgers assistant Anthony Campanile. As noted many times, Campanile is also a member of one of the most prominent New Jersey football families. That history and local knowledge is the first step in finding kids and getting their coaches and parents on board.
I don't know much about Rutgers coach Chris Ash. I don't know if he will adapt or make changes to help local recruiting. Let's hope he's stubborn and determined to do things his way. It will make our recruiting that much easier.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Every AD BC of the past 25 years said he was going to reach out to fans and improve game days. Some used townhalls. Some did online Q&As and others had special events for season ticket holders. I think all past attempts were sincere and well-intentioned. However, nothing the Athletic Department did had significant impact on attendance. Winning spikes attendance. Quality opponents impact attendance. Game times and days impact attendance. Weather impacts attendance. Most of those factors are out of the AD's control.
Then there is a whole host of BC factors that are also hard for a BC AD to truly change like local parking restrictions, local rules on tailgating hours, and alcohol sales.
If this goes like past fan driven feedback forums, Jarmond will hear all about tailgating rules and hours, Donor-based seating, playing games on Friday night, etc. (I am sure there will even be talk of Men's Lacrosse.) I also don't expect wholesale changes in the game day experience. The best I hope for are some small simple suggestions that BC can implement.
Maybe my cynicism is misguided. I do think Jarmond should be visible and engaged with the fanbase. I just don't like the council format. I think he will get swamped with all sorts of ideas and only a few of them will be viable.
In my opinion, Jarmond and his team should try new things and borrow the best ideas from around college sports. See what works and then build on those improvements. Trust the fans' reactions and responses to those changes, not what someone says in a council. Too often people will say they will do something in a fan forum, but do the opposite with their own time and money.
I like Jarmond's willingness to listen to fans. I just hope he doesn't spend too much time and goodwill on this, since so much of this is all predictable and unfixable.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
He's a three star on most of the services and plays in a competitive area in Houston. He also attends a Catholic School in the area (which helps in the admission process).
Having the Vrabel background and experience at BC's camp, I feel pretty comfortable with this offer. Given his family background, I also hope that he won't be swayed by schools that come in late.
Welcome aboard, Tyler.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Could BC be terrible this year and miss out? Sure. But I just don't see it. There remains enough winnable games on the schedule and enough talent on D that BC should get to the required number of wins. If not, Jarmond will have to make some tough decisions early in his tenure.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Boston college camp😈 pic.twitter.com/G81yNpjWcf— Kyle (@kyle_coff) June 23, 2017
You can also see that Defensive Coordinator Jim Reid is pretty pleased with things. It is only a tweet, but there is plenty of truth in his comment. Camps are the best way for the staff to get a feel for a player.
Finished Camp season with 2 outstanding days with Great young men. Live the qualities of the game everyday!! Preparation,education= success pic.twitter.com/A01pjiC6fF— Jim Reid (@BCCoachJReid) June 26, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
I don't know if the ACC Network will be a financial success, but it looks like the conference and ESPN are committing the resources needed so that there will be lots of coverage and quality production.
Friday, June 23, 2017
I find it interesting that this news comes just a day after the Football team slipped in a very, very late academic qualifier. You would hope that the school had a consistent policy on athletic admissions. Ultimately we are still a school and trying to keep some semblance of an educational mission with our players. I get it. However, we do need some leeway and the coaches need to know how far they can go.A tough hit for the Eagles: Eeli Tolvanen, a likely first round pick tomorrow, has received a thumbs down from the BC admissions department.— USHR (@USHRhockey) June 23, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Athlon always quotes an anonymous coach about each team. Often times it can get catty. No so with BC this year. Here is what one ACC assistant said, "They just don't have the same kind of skill players that the other schools in the league have, but they're very sound in what they do."
The Athlon preview online also ranks the all-time best college football players of the Athlon era. Flutie only came in a No. 49. That is a big disservice and shows lack of perspective. Flutie's stats look small time now, but his offense helped change college football.
Our current QB was ranked 105 among all starters entering the season.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The focus of recruiting has been the 2018 class, yet Addazio just added one more piece to his incoming freshmen group. On Wednesday, New York DT Jaleel Berry signed with BC. I like this signing because he was personally scouted by Pasqualoni and has DT size now.
Berry is only available because he qualified so late in the process. While that is usually a red flag for BC, Addazio somehow got him through. The fact that he also had a scholarship available shows how tightly he is managing the roster. As soon as one guy drops out, the position is filled.
Best of luck to Berry. This could end up being a great BC story.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Normally I don't pay attention to the companies BC uses for construction and renovation. Maybe due to the size and the profile of the project, Skanska sent out a press release. BC is still keeping their mouth shut.
Monday, June 19, 2017
But it is not always that simple. Colleges also have a hard time identifying OL prospects. They are trying to project teenager who is going to add a lot of weight in college and face much better competition than he faced in high school. They are also trying to teach these guys while also winning games and competing.
Addazio built his reputation on OL coaching. In his first two years, it was good. Year 3 it was poor. Last year it was improved, but not great. If he wants success this year and long term and to build a pipeline of NFL talent, he is going to need his big guys to develop in all aspects of OLine play and start to dominate again.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
The big get was New Jersey LB Nick DeNucci. Another guy hauled in by Anthony Campanile, DeNucci had a solid list of offers from Big Ten and ACC schools. He also keeps the Garden State momentum going.
Texas OL prospect Thomas Shelmire also verballed. His list of suitors is not as note worthy, but he is well regarded and from a territory where BC can grow its brand. OL guys are harder to project, so this is sort of a numbers and development game, but Shelmire seems like a good bet.
As things move forward Addazio will have a few recruiting challenges Because so many guys committed early, he will have to be judicious with his remaining scholarships. He will also have to keep the class together if the season is bumpy. Finally, he will have to keep the other schools from poaching his players. All of those are nice problems to have because it means you have something worth holding on to.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
After last season and the change at AD, I thought Addazio's recruiting would suffer. It seems like the opposite has happened. This class is stronger than last season's class and based on social media, it seems like they all enjoy each other.
Now Addazio needs to turn this talent into wins.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Boston College camp last week. Thank you for the great experience! #DecideToFly @BCCoachLoeffler pic.twitter.com/yyDZZaZZlN— Kyle McCord (@kylemccord16) June 15, 2017
Who knows how this kid will develop, but at least BC is thinking ahead.
Another player who popped up on Twitter was OL Tyler Vrabel. He's the son of Mike Vrabel. Given Vrabel's history with Ohio State and that he plays in Texas, I thought Tyler would have more Power 5 offers. Maybe this will be another guy who BC spots before the other guys swoop in.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
When taken in these rounds, no one is expecting a quick rise to the majors. However, MLB teams using more and more draft picks and resources on BC guys is a good thing. Hopefully the new facilities improve BC's talent pool that much more.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
Although the spread is close (BC-2), CFN is relatively confident that BC will win. I'm confident too. Even if BC struggles on Offense, there should be enough pieces in place on D to carry them in the road opener.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Friday, June 09, 2017
In the article, he also mentions the impact assistant coaches Campanile and Leonard had on the process. Having recruits references him as a critical recruiter, is another reason why Campanile has become so valuable to Addazio.
Congrats again to Gethers. I hope at BC he figures out how to turn that speed into some defensive wins.
Nebraska wasn't very good last year, so this represent a real chance at a W. Christian doesn't really have a choice about this. The conferences determines our participation, but this an important game. He needs all the success he can get next year.
TV deals are mostly about money. I know many ACC fans would gladly partner with any company if it meant more money for our teams: "Al Jazeera's ACC Game of the Week!" Because of the lack of tradition, consistent TV draws and fanbases, the AAC was not a hot property the last time they went looking for a deal. So they ended up with CBS's cable sports outlet. Among recruits, CBS Sports Network feels small time. This then becomes a vicious circle of UConn and their conference mates fighting for respect.
Even if the eventual ACC Network looks terrible and has limited carriage, it will mean something positive. Hopefully BC and the other ACC school leverage that opportunity.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
The other new Eagle is Florida LB Joe Sparacio. His offer list is not as impressive, but interest from both Army and Navy confirm that he is a serious student.
Addazio is now up to 12 verbals and will obviously get more during camp season. The mix of the class seems good. Perhaps the new AD and new facilities are improving the staff's ability to close.
Monday, June 05, 2017
Christian has found productivity with his transfers, but so far none of the guys has been enough to get BC to .500. I don't think Hawkins will either, but hopefully he compliments the roster enough that we see some improvement.
Sunday, June 04, 2017
Gethers impressed most with his speed and claimed BC offered him right after his 40 time. The good news is that BC was his first major offer. The bad news is that it will bring Gethers to the attention of others. Let's hope being first and establishing a relationship with him makes the difference.
Saturday, June 03, 2017
Friday, June 02, 2017
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Does the ACC have the best collection of coaches in college football? I would say so.
Philadelphia cut Stephen Daniels.
LaSalle will be part of BC Basketball's tip off tournament at the Mohegan Sun.