Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Takeaways from Addazio's day at ESPN
"...that's nice but let's get back to Tebow"
Before his media tour of Bristol began I predicted ESPN would focus on Tebow. It was worse than I thought. Mike & Mike, First Take, SportsCenter and The Herd with Colin Cowherd all peppered Addazio with questions on football's most famous free agent QB. I will have more on the actual BC talk in another post, but for now sit back and appreciate how ESPN can turn one guest into a pawn for their narrative.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Given our location and history with ESPN, you would think BC faces would be on ESPN all the time. Unfortunately that hasn't been the case. And it is not all ESPN's fault. Our coaches and players either have not been accessible or have lacked even the littlest bit of charisma or personality. Showing just a little energy and passion goes a long way on TV. TOB and Spaz were obviously not comfortable doing this sort of thing. Jags had his one ESPN halftime show, but didn't do much otherwise. Other schools have sent their coaches across country to ESPN and ESPN gladly put them on air. In the offseason, ESPN is welcoming to any sort of football content. If Addazio is any good, he could be back on before the summer ends.
These sorts of appearances won't win BC any games this fall, but it will work to change the perception of the program. Recruits will notice as will the ESPN execs in charge of scheduling. I also think our fans will notice. Passion can be contagious. If Addazio truly spreads the message, he will get a lot of leeway out of the gate.
I will recap all the events late Tuesday. Tune in and give your thoughts as Addazio works his way through Bristol.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Baseball wins Miami series and other links
New Jersey Lineman Juwann Bushell-Beatty is another highly-rated recruit who has BC in his final three.
BC commit Jon Baker may enroll early.
Covie Stanwick made the All-ACC Tournament Lacrosse team.
NC State swept the softball team.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Eagles in Atlanta and Indy and other places
Nick Clany will be joining Matt Ryan with the Atlanta Falcons. I am obviously biased by fandom and geography, but this is a good fit for Nick. The Falcons are very thin on defense and at Linebacker (yet they didn't draft another LB). Clancy will get a chance on special teams and should probably get a very good shot at the practice squad.
Another team that loves BC guys is Indianapolis, so it was not a surprise to see them sign Emmett Cleary. He joins former Eagles Anthony Castanzo and Gosder Cherilus as protection for Andrew Luck. The Colts had a need at OL and only drafted one lineman. I guess that means Cleary's chances to make the team are decent.
Chris Pantale signed with the Jets. I have no idea who is going to be QB there this year nor how they will use him. I hope he gets a fair shot. If he hadn't been injured this season, I think he would have been drafted.
John Wetzel signed with the Raiders. They are another team with a lot of holes, so hopefully he gets a chance.
This is the first time since 2005 that no BC player was selected.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Tweets of the Week
Just got results back from latest #Cancer check up. MRI and CT show no sign if disease. #4YearsOut #CancerFree. #findyourstrong— Mark Herzlich (@MarkHerzlich) April 25, 2013
BC grad student Britt Loring takes baby steps toward recovery: on.bc.edu/12nuuww via @nbcnews #BostonStrong— Boston College (@BostonCollege) April 25, 2013
The May cover of Boston magazine, made of shoes from the marathon: ow.ly/i/1Y6K9— bostonmagazine.com (@BostonMagazine) April 25, 2013
You can always go to ND, RV w friends or go to Ireland. You will see BC-ND. But BC-ND in Ireland? Once in a lifetime #DOIT @bcbradbates— Fake Baldwin (@FakeBaldwin) April 23, 2013
Another way to put it RT @mickbergman: @mcmurphyespn @katchak @espn680 and Cincinnati and UConn's worst year gets worse— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 22, 2013
This guy's shirt is the truth “@mconwaybc: Way to represent!#WeAreBC twitter.com/MConwayBC/stat…”— BC Interruption (@bcinterruption) April 20, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Remembering BC's Mr. Irrelevant
Little is expected of Mr. Irrelevant, so Reed turning his tenure into two seasons was viewed as a success. He hardly played, but was able to extend his career after the NFL with two seasons of NFL Europe. After his playing days Reed got into coaching. He was on TOB's staff at NC State and recently joined Clemson.
Reed is making a name for himself now as a recruiter (Dabo praised his work on their 2013 class). I don't think his draft-day notoriety means anything to high schoolers, but his NFL background doesn't hurt. If any of our current eagles ever get selected last overall, I hope they use Reed as an example. He turned his one shot into a career.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Shinskie looks back and other links
Darryl Hicks officially joined Donahue's recruiting class by signing his letter of intent.
BC target Nick Carovillano received an offer from Buffalo.
The Heights uncovered Athletic Department salaries based on BC's tax filings. Nothing remarkable although it does shed light on how long we pay off fired coaches. Think of next year when BC will be paying Bates and Addazio as well as Gene and Spaz.
The ACC named Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick to its all conference Lacrosse teams.
Baseball lost to St. John's. Softball beat Hartford.
BC Law student Barrett Wilson-Murphy honored Boston while running the London Marathon.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
ACC releases basketball rotations for 2013-14
Gene's role in conference shuffle, BC-ND in Ireland? and other links
Irish Central is reporting that BC and Notre Dame are considering a game in Ireland in 2015. BCI is against the idea, but I am for it. Losing out on one road trip to South Bend is not a big deal. For all those BC students who miss the experience, they can instead replace it with an unforgettable trip to Ireland. The only downside for BC is the logistical one. But I am sure we could play it in a slot that works for both teams. We need events like this to get excitement going. I cannot think of a better game for BC than one against Notre Dame in Ireland.
Addazio had a positive outlook on the loss of the Spring Game. It really meant no injuries and more one-on-one time with recruits.
Tuesday's baseball game with Hartford was cancelled due to rain.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Does the Grant of Rights finally secure the ACC?
The grant means all of the ACC's content is now pooled. BC's local radio deal, online rights for Wake Forest Field Hockey, or a Duke-North Carolina game all have the same owner and manager -- the conference. No more local, or team only deals. It also protects new media/internet rights. Obviously not all team's rights are equal. Florida State's radio network is worth much more than say the rights to BC softball. So it is a good sign that every team was willing to sacrifice control and that potential revenue in order for it to be shared by the group. (Perhaps there is some allocation method so a valuable property -- like a BC hockey or Syracuse Lacrosse -- might get a reward for performance. We will know more in the coming days.) The deal also creates another trigger with ESPN, so I predict we will hear about the new financial terms of the ACC-ESPN agreement shortly. It also puts us in the same financial and content standing as the Big 12, which neutralizes one conference as a predator.
Finally, it moves the ACC one step closer to an ACC Network.
Financially this doesn't level the playing field with the Big Ten, Pac 12 or SEC. The ACC remains in a catch up position. It also doesn't include Notre Dame. Without the Irish and in a secondary money position, any of the big 3, but most likely the SEC of Big Ten could poach an ACC team.
While a new conference partner wouldn't get the new (former ACC) school's home games or radio content, the Big Ten or SEC would still get to market to those cable homes in the new markets and would still get all of their conference away games.
One only needs to look towards Maryland to realize what the big conferences are willing to do and pay for. Maryland's content is not worth the $50 million the Big Ten is paying upfront. But the long-term potential is when you factor in Maryland cable homes. And think of how much more valuable other programs are when compared to Maryland.
I think this will cool things off for a few months. The next domino is the SEC's new network and if the ACC is finally willing to get our network on cable. I am glad BC is secure, but I know enough about this process to know it won't end soon.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Learning more about other BC folks injured in bombing
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Addazio lands two recruits in void of the Spring Game
BC received verbals from Massachusetts Linebacker Kevin Cohee and Massachusetts OLineman Jon Baker. Aside from the continued recruiting momentum, what I most appreciate about Addazio getting these two is the local connection. Through our coaching changes, BC has lost out on local talent and has been seen as a secondary program. Addazio is clearly changing that.
I know there were many recruits who traveled up to BC Friday for the Spring Game. While they didn't get to see our program, they did get a memorable weekend. How could you be on campus for those celebrations and not think BC would be a good place to play? We will never know exactly if or how Addazio incorporated the Boston Strong movement into his pitch, but I am thankful he stayed focused and made the most of the situation.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Spring Game Cancelled
“After consulting with campus, city and law enforcement officials, including the Boston College Police Department, we have decided to cancel all home athletics events scheduled for Saturday, including the spring football game," Director of Athletics Brad Bates said. "Our first priority is ensuring the safety of our student-athletes, coaches and spectators. Our local law enforcement community has done a phenomenal job this past week, and we do not want our events to serve as a distraction.
“Furthermore, now is a time for reflection to honor those who have been tragically killed and injured this past week and to allow our community to heal. The entire Boston College family stands with those who have been affected by this week's events. Together we will persevere and emerge stronger and more unified than ever.”
Tweets of the Week
Watch as all 17,565-strong @tdgarden belt out the national anthem prior to tonight's game: video.bruins.nhl.com/videocenter/co…^TV #BostonStrong— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 18, 2013
Not necessarily the right time to bring this up...but the Superfan shirt slogan next year really should be For Boston.— Heights and Lows (@BC_Heights_Lows) April 17, 2013
I have been impressed with @tedescoheights and @gjoyce9 since my arrival last October.Great things ahead for these soon-to-be BC Alums!— Brad Bates (@BCBradBates) April 18, 2013
One day after celebrating his 23rd birthday, Reggie Jackson scored 23 pts for Oklahoma City. That's 50 pts in last three games. #WeAreBC— Richard Kelley (@kelleyri) April 18, 2013
GiveForward for BC couple injured in Marathon Bombing
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Culture change and other links
Emmett Cleary is proud of the BC Oline tradition but expects to be a late-round pick or a free agent.
Earlier in the week, HD held a Q&A with Alex Amidon. (Part 1 and Part 2).
Ryan Quigley is still hoping to catch on in the NFL.
Pat Forde thinks Steve Donahue will be on the hotseat next year.
Finally, this is video of invited walk-on Sam Donahue. The kid can shoot.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
What to look for during the Spring Game
Don Brown signature is blitzing. This probably more than anything else will be the biggest culture change for BC fans. Gone are the days of bend but don't break. What I want to see during the game is where the pressure comes from. Will it be LBs or Safeties or corners? I also wonder how much we will drop DLineman into coverage and offset it with a oncoming LB or DB.
We know the QBs will run this year. The scrimmages reaffirmed it. What we don't know is how fast the offense is going to run. Temple did not use the no huddle exclusively like Oregon, but they did play relatively fast. Certainly faster than BC under Spaz. I don't think we will mimic Oregon yet, but the Spring Game might be a good time to test a hurry up offense under game conditions. The guys are still learning the offense, so asking them to play fast can get sloppy. But Rettig has been so good as picking up new offenses, that this should be a relatively smooth transition.
Despite various Marketing efforts over the years, we never pack the house during the Spring Game. The tailgating and later (warmer date) helps this year, but I didn't expect a big turnout. That sort of changed with the Marathon Bombing. I cannot gauge the mood of the fans on campus right now, but based on the other events around Boston, I think people want to be out and want to be part of a crowd. Think of all those students who wanted to run the "Last 5" this Friday night. Will their energy be redirected at the Spring Game? Who knows, but it wouldn't surprise me.
As a new twist this year, there will be an Alumni Flag Football game too. I don't know whose idea the Alumni game was, but it is a good way to rebuild relations with the football Alumni, many of whom felt under appreciated and ignored by previous department leadership.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Links from the day after
I loved Leigh Montville's Marathon recollections. He captured the spirit and fun atmosphere of the day. (My roommates and I played a marathon game years ago. I would explain it, but you had to be there...)
EDSBS wrote about the true terror of the aftermath and how we do move on from these things. Like him I am in Centennial Park regularly and never give the bombing much thought. My kids run around that whole area without a care in the world.
Some well-intentioned BC students created the Last 5 walk/race to support those who didn't get to finish the race and those who were impacted. Thousands signed up but the City is asking them to postpone the event to a later date. The crowd control issues, the safety issues, and ongoing investigation all take priority at this point. I am sure when it happens it will be a great event.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Thaddius Smith commits and other links
Although still enrolled at BC, Luke Kuechly is working out in Charlotte the next two weeks.
Donahue is recruiting his former Cornell player Errick Peck hard. He has one year left and can transfer immediately Although he is only 6'6, he could give us some depth on the front line. I am all in favor of picking up guys for depth who won't impact our long-term scholarship balance. BC is also after some big men for the 2014 recruiting class.
Spaz is spending some time helping Doug Martin at New Mexico State. I would worry about them preparing for BC, but our schemes will be so different from theirs, that it won't be much of an advantage.
The BC community and the Boston Marathon Bombing
I do want to use this post to make people aware of the excellent coverage and information coming from BC sources.
Heights Sports Editor Austin Tedesco is providing excellent coverage via twitter.
Luke Russert is not in Boston, but he is sprinkling his BC roots into his coverage.
BC also provided an update.
I will have a sports update later tonight. Sports clearly doesn't matter now, but I know this blog is an escape and distraction for many. If I can take people's minds off the tragedy, it is the least I can do.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Baseball swept again and other weekend links
Addazio's early approach paid off with recruit Harold Landry.
Women's Lacrosse beat Brown. The men's team overcame a late deficit against Rhode Island to stay undefeated.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Can Tailgating give the Spring Game the attendance boost it needs?
Select Flynn Fund members will be allowed to tailgate on the surface lots next Saturday during the Spring Game. At other schools that is not a big deal. For BC to actively market tailgating to their most loyal customers is a sign of change.
This is a great opportunity for BC fans, but also comes with a responsibility. If we want to see the tailgating rules and environment change during Football season, we need to take advantage of these types of commitments from BC. Fans need to turn out next week, tailgate and be as cooperative with BC with regards to clean up and getting into the game.
The game might be exciting too. Based on the second scrimmage, it sounds like the team is improving. Addazio is also trying to create some incentives for the players, so that the game has a little more meaning.
If Addazio can split BC into 2 teams, he said he wants to have a victory meal (prime rib) and a loser meal (hot dogs and beans) to have fun.
— Greg Joyce (@GJoyce9) April 13, 2013
I always try to use the Spring Game as a looking glass into the team's future. Maybe this year it is a glimpse of the changing Athletic Department.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Tweets of the Week
Baldwin playing bocce on O'Neill Plaza @bostoncollege twitter.com/chassIII/statu…— Chas (@chassIII) April 5, 2013
So in a year BC has gone from losing recruits to N'eastern track & Harvard football, to recruits telling So. Carolina "Thanks but no thanks"— A.J Black (@BCHysteria) April 10, 2013
Thanks to @mdowlingwcvb for mentioning Jerry York as a coach who's won national titles at two different schools when discussing Rick Pitino.— Richard Kelley (@kelleyri) April 10, 2013
"@gosdercherilus: Look at this skinny freshman!! @anthonycastonzo twitter.com/GosderCherilus…" haha my how things have changed— Anthony Castonzo (@AnthonyCastonzo) April 9, 2013
Beware 2013-14 @bostoncollege hockey opponents, there shall be no early defections to the @nhl from Coach York's squad this year.— Warren K. Zola (@WarrenKZola) April 9, 2013
At my first Steve Addazio practice. The intensity level is off the charts for the Oklahoma drill #bceagles— ERIC HOFFSES (@EAHoffses) April 6, 2013
Spring at last @ the Heights, captured in a BC Minute: youtube.com/watch?v=e-Vjs5… #wearebc— Boston College (@BostonCollege) April 10, 2013
Lacrosse update and other links
With two of our best NFL Draft prospects both from Illinois, it is only natural that the Bears are paying attention.
Softball lost to Maine.
This is not about BC, but is about how Quinnipiac leveraged hockey to raise the university's profile. There are lessons here for our non- or low-revenue sports.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Baseball loses Beanpot opener
Lessons of John Beilein
Players are more important than systems
During his rise Beilein was known as a system guy. But did you notice he didn't use much 1-3-1 defense this year? The former staple of his coaching was put on the back burner so his talented team could play more man defense. He also adjusted his offense for athletic players who might not be the shooters Beilein (and Donahue) traditionally relied on.
You cannot do it all
In the article linked above, Andy Katz captured how Beilein had a tendency to get lost in all the details. That's human nature for many successful people, and at times I get the sense that Donahue can be guilty of the same thing. To run a big-time program, you need to surround yourself with a good staff and then allow them to do more.
As anyone who watched BC this season knows, just because we run the same offense as Beilein doesn't make us Michigan. The offense is nice but it is only one piece. Hopefully Donahue will prove as adaptable as Beilein has and BC finally gets to the Final Four.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Our Hockey team should be pretty good next year considering that we are not losing any guys early to the NHL. Gaudreau is the big piece, but Michael Matheson, Bill Arnold, and Kevin Hayes would all have been big returnees just by themselves.
At times we as fans are spoiled with regards to Hockey's success, but I think the players share those expectations too. They didn't like losing this year either. That mentality of unfinished business will hopefully carry them to a Championship next year.
BC adds a QB to the recruiting class
Wade's commitment shows that BC is doing a good job reaching guys who weren't on Spaz's radar and building up a relationship with them. Welcome, Darius.
It is entirely possible - nay, probable - that the #BCEagles will have 6+ commits before the end of the month.
— Boston College (@BCEagles247) April 9, 2013
Monday, April 08, 2013
Louisville won't save the ACC
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Recruiting news and other links
Baseball played Clemson tough on Sunday but still got swept over the weekend.
Lacrosse picked up a big win over Duke.
Softball lost to Florida State. But Tennis beat the Noles.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Finch finally gone and other thoughts on the first scrimmage
As important on Saturday was the team's first scrimmage. The good news is that we still passed the ball! Rettig was efficient and they didn't make him run much. Addazio praised Rettig's progression and thinks he is coming along. And Rettig seems ready to do whatever the coaches want.
More than anything, sounded like Rettig just wants to win, & it doesn't matter to him what plays are called for who. Taking leadership role.
— Greg Joyce (@GJoyce9) April 6, 2013
Anyone who feared Addazio would try to make Rettig into Tim Tebow can probably rest easy. But it does sound like there will be run-oriented packages for Bordner. In general I hate the two QB system, but I am willing to be patient during the Spring.
The other good news is that the scrimmage was packed with recruits. Addazio is getting guys to check us out. Now it is a matter of closing.
Finally, all reports said the tone and intensity was markedly different. The guys were hitting hard. I don't think that a few hard hitting practices changes a programs (in fact, Spaz had some very physicals practices), but it does sound like the guys are buying in and want to win.
Friday, April 05, 2013
Tweets of the Week
Rutgers should act quickly and hire the anti-Mike Rice. Our choice would be Al Skinner.— mark blaudschun (@blauds) April 3, 2013
What does it say that the BC blogging community is rooting for Skinner to get the Rutgers job? RU should hire him now (of course they won't)— Bill Maloney (@bcatleagle) April 3, 2013
Hey Rutgers, want the exact opposite of Mike Rice as your next basketball coach? Al Skinner 4 Rutgers.— BC Interruption (@bcinterruption) April 3, 2013
I'm sure @jareddudley619 has already personally called Rutgers to endorse Al Skinner as their next MBB Head Coach..— Fake Baldwin (@FakeBaldwin) April 2, 2013
I'm officially starting the "Al Skinner to Rutgers" rumor.— Warren K. Zola (@WarrenKZola) April 2, 2013
God has truly blessed me— Ifeanyi Momah (@Imomah) March 30, 2013
Today's Visitor: "The previous staff... seemed like they knew they were out... the new staff is here to win and that's how it's going to be"— Boston College (@BCEagles247) April 3, 2013
Bubble down, #BCFootball back on the Alumni Stadium practice turf. twitter.com/BCFootballNews…— BC Football News (@BCFootballNews) April 2, 2013
Congrats to the seniors of our decorated hockey program! What an amazing four years of representing BC. Great guys off the ice too!— Chase Rettig (@ChaseRettig) April 2, 2013
This one's for @bcatleagle: Conan loves Matty Ice i.imgur.com/CAYoHGP.gif— Red Fabbri (@redfabbri) April 2, 2013
Thursday, April 04, 2013
We don't have room for RVs on campus, but if we did, wouldn't you want to cover your wheels with these wheel covers?
I haven't seen fuzzy dice on many cars lately, but maybe "BC" fuzzy dice will spark a comeback.
We have glass on our front door, so there is no room for a knocker. But don't think I didn't think about this.
I'm in the suburbs and have three kids. We buy a lot of groceries and end of using the plastic shopping bags for all sorts of things. But if my wife and I lived still lived in the city and only shopped at the local farming coop, we would totally use this shopping bag.
Is this even a BC approved Eagle logo?
Can anyone explain why this BC belt buckle has an extra "C."
My hair is short, but I think I might wear these extensions next fall.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Baseball wins again! and other links
Johnny Gaudreau is a finalist for the Hobey Baker award.
Addazio keeps targeting local kids and offered Roxbury Latin's Kevin Cohee.
Rutgers probably won't hire Al Skinner but they should. Katz -- a long-time supporter of Al -- mentioned his name for the opening too.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Baseball wins!! and other links
Florida running back Krondis Larry verballed to Addazio. He's known for his speed and is another impressive score by our new recruiters. If this staff's evaluations are as good as their early selling, this will be a strong class.
Time to make a difference to BOSTON COLLEGE FOOTBALL
— Krondis Larry (@THEHUMANJET) April 3, 2013
Here is a nice feature on the BC Hockey seniors. Patrick Brown will be the Captain next season.
Coach Crowley was honored as the New England Coach of the Year.
Lots of Eagles in college sports.
Athlon doesn't think much of Addazio among his ACC peers.
Monday, April 01, 2013
Age is just a number
I am proud of BC's history and what it stands for, but I am also pretty confident that if BC had been founded in say 1963 (or even 1983), we would still have much for which we would be proud. BC is about our mission, the education we provide and ultimately the BC community. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and families make up an the University. I won't be around for BC's 300th birthday. If I had a time machine, I am sure I wouldn't recognize the campus. But I do believe that the BC community would still share the same spirit that we have today and had in 1863.