Sunday, June 30, 2013
NHL Draft filled with Eagles and other links
Long-time BC Hockey assistant Jim Logue announced his retirement.
BC is still targeting Florida QB Sean White, who shined at an Elite 11 Camp.
CFN's preview of the season and team is solid.
As far as something different...a few BC guys got together to build a football game app. You can check it out here (Apple, Droid).
Saturday, June 29, 2013
-- My memories of BC's campus date back 20+ years. My wife's go back even further. Neither of us could remember a time when BC wasn't undergoing a major construction project. Ever to Excel and all that, but it would be nice to have a construction free campus for a year or two.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Tweets of the Week
Heartfelt congrats to @BenASmith12 on winning Stanley Cup last night. Question: When are you bringing the Cup for a visit to @BostonCollege?— Warren K. Zola (@WarrenKZola) June 25, 2013
About 427 fanbases claim to have the nation's top recruiting class at any moment, and good for all of them, because everyone needs a smile— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) June 27, 2013
I'm holding up my college decision till I take my visits. . Not ready yet— Lubern Figaro (@Lubern5) June 25, 2013
9 companies that have sprung out from @BostonCollege alums: http://t.co/GDbyeN7I9t. Among them? @WePay & @Ticketmaster— BC Alumni (@BCAlumni) June 26, 2013
As a staunch defender of RSS's value, even I'm already bored by the overwhelming "RSS is dead" posts that will flood the Internet on Friday.— Dave Levy (@levydr) June 25, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
What are the most important high school programs for BC football?
Don Bosco is a national power, coached by a BC parent and it is a Catholic High School in a densely populated area three and a half hours from campus. Bosco wasn't great at football prior to Toal coaching the team. Since he got the job though, the program has been a nice foundation for BC. The team camps at BC every year so the staff usually has a good feel for the players and their capabilities. When Toal retires, it will be important the BC keeps close ties with his replacement.
St. Xavier (Cincinnati)
TOB's deserves a lot of credit for opening doors at his Alma Mater. The entire Cincy area has been important to BC for nearly two decades, but St. X has really been our anchor. The large Jesuit school is a perfect place to recruit. We know the kids can handle the academics and play in a very competitive high school league.
There have been other nice high school programs in Massachusetts, but Everett remains the most consistently good and of late has produced the most BCS talent. The school has a long history of football success, but their coach John DiBiaso is the driving force.
These things also shift and change too. When I was at BC in the 1990s the team was heavy on Xaverian players. Yet we haven't had an impact player from Xaverian since Derrick Knight. Kiwi and Trueblood came from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis but we never capitalized on their success with more players/ We have two incoming recruits from Atlanta's Westminster, but in my opinion that will be an anomaly. (I think the Atlanta Catholic schools do have promise though.) There are BC coaches sprinkled around some key high school programs that might help, but no one has built a Bosco equivalent yet.
Let me know where else we should have pipelines or programs that I might have missed.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Suggestions for Mike Vega as he returns to the BC beat
Love your job
This is always a touchy issue in journalism and especially at a place like the Globe, where the biggest names are often the most critical and combative of Boston's sports institutions. I don't mean Vega should be a BC cheerleader. Just that he should show a passion and excitement for covering an interesting program during its rebirth. Blauds came back to the BC beat cranky and did some weird things along the way to antagonize readers (like becoming Spaz's biggest defender). Benbow is a talented writer who produced some nice BC features over the years but being on the BC beat didn't bring out the best in his work last year (covering a miserable team didn't help). I hope Vega does more than just the feature and notebook combos that usually populate the BC beat. He can do that in his sleep. He needs to do more. Put more of the notebook type stuff in a blog or on twitter. Do something extra. Write a national college football story once week that ties to BC (tv deals, schedules, etc.). The online college audience is huge. A few little things like that can spread Vega's work well beyond the core fanbase.
Don't blog unless you are really committed
With the Globe's paywall strategy and the New York Times killing their sports blogs, I have no idea if Vega is even mandated to blog. Unless he is going to fill it with unique content five or more times a week, he shouldn't even bother. Without regular content, the blog will never spread beyond the people who read the Globe/Boston.com stuff any way. If the Globe has shuttered the college blog, and there is stuff Vega wants to write that he cannot fit on twitter, he should start a tumblr and link it off of his Twitter profile.
Don't worry about ruffling feathers
If history is any indication, Vega is not going to piss people off around BC. He's a pro. But under the old regime there was always a bit of an issue with access. I hope that if something happens in football or basketball and there is a partyline and whisper in the background (whether it be about a player, coach or administrator) Vega pushes for real answers. Bob Hohler shouldn't be the one to handle stories that might offend. Steve Donahue will be on the hot seat this year. If we struggle I hope Vega is out in front of news regarding job security and the relationship between Bates and Donahue.
Interact with the online community
Things have changed since 2006. It is not just the Globe, Herald and Eagle Action. SBNation obviously has a huge BC presence. 247 is coming on strong. ESPNBoston produces good material. BC itself produces lots of good interviews and all access type features. Plus there are half a dozen bloggers and hundreds of BC folks on twitter. By the nature of his job and access, Vega will steer much of that conversation. I hope he does more than just post a story and let the masses run with it. Add flavor along the way and challenge those who disagree with your take. It will make the work better and will make the beat feel different.
I wish Vega the best and hope to have him on here eventually. He was always very nice when I was a student at WZBC but I barely interacted with him as a blogger before he was off to other things. Even if he doesn't do some of the things I suggest, I know he'll bring a professionalism and commitment that the Globe's coverage needs.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
20th verbal and other links
Chris Herren is now taking his story of demons and redemption to NFL rookies.
I still don't get the connection, but Matt Ryan attended the William & Mary Football camp Tuesday. Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck were also there. Somebody in Williamsburg has got some serious pull.
The ACC signed a deal with the Pinstripe Bowl. A guarantee BC will play in that bowl at least once during the life of the agreement.
Steve Donahue is a fan of Kelly's Roast Beef.
BC guy and WWE star Alex Riley (fka as BC LB Kevin Kiley) might become a WWE commentator.
Who knew Addazio would spend so much time talking about former Florida players.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Landing recruits from ACC Territory
When we joined the ACC, one of the justifications is that it would open a bunch of new and fertile recruiting territories for us. Although we certainly picked up a few more southern players, it wasn't a bonanza. Instead we kept getting guys from our usual strong holds in the Northeast and Midwest. Things are different now as BC picked up two more Florida recruits.
The first was Linebacker Ty Schwab. He camped at BC last week and made an impression. Performing in person helped his cause as there were concerns about his size and speed prior to the visit.
The second Florida player to commit Monday was WR Gabe McClary. He liked BC's academics, but his prior relationship with Todd Fitch helped.
I know Addazio made Florida a point of interest. Many on the staff also had ties to the state. We will always have kids from New England and Ohio, but this influx of sunshine kids should help our recruiting rankings and help change the perception of BC around the ACC.
We now have 19 commitments and have room to grow. Many needs have been addresses, so now the staff can become more selective with the final five or six scholarships.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Another Atlanta commit and other links
Michael Adams was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
Marty Reasoner is fighting for a spot with the Islanders.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Darryl Hicks out with ACL tear
I hope Hicks has a smooth recovery. The silver lining of it all is Hicks potentially getting a fifth year helps the scholarship distribution.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Tweets of the Week
Look how Baldwin has evolved! Check out this #TBT photo of an early shot of our beloved mascot. pic.twitter.com/1sg6mhcxSN— BC Athletics (@BCSportsNews) June 20, 2013
My first week as intern @BostonCollege in 1994 Mike Milbury resigned as Head Hockey Coach. Never coached a game. Jerry York then hired.— James Paquette (@ADJPaq) June 20, 2013
RT @natgraham42: You want to know what a real grind is? Working in a coal mine your whole life. Basketball is fun!— Steve Donahue (@Coach_Donahue) June 18, 2013
Big East will hire a commish, when Georgetown is good & ready. RT @jensenoffcampus: Yo, Big East: Just hire Dan Gavitt already as commish...— Chas Rich (@ChasRich27) June 18, 2013
BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN RT @BCBradBates Even better omen - double rainbow over Alumni Stadium can't wait for the fall pic.twitter.com/mWj9HlMWux— A.J Black (@BCHysteria) June 18, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Addazio & Co on Vine now. (No really)
Addazio positioned himself as old-school, smash mouth, yelling and screaming coach. But it is clear he's a little more open-minded than that stereotype. If he takes that same approach to trying new things with regards to training, coaching or game management, BC might be the site of some exciting changes. I shake my head at Vine, but I love what it represents for BC Football. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go yell at Addazio and Brown to get off my lawn.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Magarity commits. Is he the final piece?
Prior to the signing, everyone was hedging on BC's potential progress this year. The narrative had been established. Our scorers are all returning but "no one knows what BC can get out of Dennis Clifford." It is hard to win in the ACC under any circumstances, but when your lone 7-footer is hobbled, you cannot expect to be an elite team. Now BC has another big man. Magarity might not be as impactful as a healthy Clifford, but he fits Donahue's prototype (shooter first, high hoops IQ) and can at least put a body on the opposing team's big men. BC now has a upperclass led team, two elite players in Hanlan and Anderson, they can go big or small, Donahue now has a nearly full roster of scholarship players he recruited, and the team has depth at every position. There are no holes. I don't think BC's roster is loaded, but we have more depth than half the programs in the conference.
I've never doubted Donahue's work ethic or Xs & Os. The unknowns were more about building an ACC level program. I think he now has an ACC roster that fits his schemes. This is a tournament team now and if this team struggles, there are no more excuses.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The best thing you will read about Matt Ryan all summer
Although I don't let it creep onto the blog much, in my day-to-day and on twitter, I feel like I am always defending Matt Ryan. Even after last year's playoff run, there are those who say he can't and won't win the big one. I still believe and think this great feature on CBS Sports is a sign of how close Matt has been and that he knows what he needs to do to win it all.
The feature is heavy on Xs and Os, but Matt's knowledge of the game isn't what gives me hope. Most QBs should be able to breakdown a play. What stood out to me instead was Matt's defense and trust of his teammates and willingness to carry the blame. He doesn't call out his line or guys who dropped passes. He also explains his mentality within the game. Matt's looking for the big play but understands a lot of offense is taking what is given. If Matt keeps playing the percentages as well as he does, one day he will be on top.
Monday, June 17, 2013
More team previews and other links
BC is still involved with Virginia athlete Trace McSorley.
Did you see BC's campaign for "Where's Baldwin?" The idea is sort of BC's own version of Where's Waldo or Flat Stanley. I actually like the idea and think it will probably produce some fun pics...and a few that BC would probably not approve (but will make me laugh).
The Bowl predictions should start coming out in the next few weeks. This one has BC missing out.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
The bigger name recruiting target that had everyone's attention was Trey Klock. He picked Georgia Tech on Sunday.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Seabrooke signs with Baltimore
Friday, June 14, 2013
Tweets of the Week
It was five years ago today that the great Tim Russert passed away. A news giant who loved people. Far too soon. pic.twitter.com/jVMlWWQu8P— Richard Kelley (@kelleyri) June 13, 2013
Proud tradition. RT @DougFlutie Congrats to nephew @Troy_Flutie - Darren's son. Committed to @BCFootballNews '14 Very proud of him! #wearebc— Boston College (@BostonCollege) June 13, 2013
Hey @BCAlumni ! MA's is new to twitter! Give us a RT so we can get the word out!— Mary Ann's (@theMaryAnns) June 11, 2013
BC Football camp has had some great campers in the past @willblackmon @M_Ryan02 @JamieSilva40 ... Excited to see who could be next! #WeAreBC— Steve Addazio (@BCCoachAddazio) June 11, 2013
I could probably get 10k followers just by tweeting uncensored Coach Leonard quotes.— Heights247 (@BCEagles247) June 9, 2013
Said Spurrier, 68, about the Pope, who is 77. "If he can lead a billion people surely I can get 11 on the field." Don't ever change, HBC.— Tony Barnhart (@MrCFB) June 8, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Who is left in Massachusetts?
Miles Wright, QB, Tabor. -- BC has interest but hasn't made an offer. If we do offer, I doubt it will be at QB.
Dante Holmes, DE, Dean Junior College -- BC rarely takes Junior College guys and they are not listed as interested now.
Jarrell Addo, DB, Leominster -- BC has not offered and has plenty of DB prospects in other regions.
Lubern Figaro, DB, Everett -- Figaro has a very good offer list and has been recruited hard by BC. I would say he's a guy BC really wants.
Jason Sylva, LB, Dean Junior College -- Another Dean kid. I don't think BC is going to go that way.
I asked Chris Anderson from 247 his thoughts. This is what he had to say: "Lubern Figaro is the top remaining player in the state of Massachusetts, and may be the only other player Boston College takes from the Bay State. A few other guys - such as Dan DiNicola from Dexter School - will continue to get looks, but there are bigger targets elsewhere. I think it's important the staff gets another RB, such as Qadree Ollison or Richard Wilson. One more in-stater to keep an eye on - Leominster (MA) athlete Jarell Addo."
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Another Flutie and other links
Stewart Mandel gets into the specifics of Tennessee, but does address why schools like BC are seeing a bounce in recruiting under a new coach.
The wiseguys in Vegas jumped on BC early. Take it for what it is worth. Maybe we will surprise people this year.
A picture from #BCEagles camp of newest commit Kamrin Moore, aka "R(ed)41 - G(ood) Cov(erage) x3" twitter.com/BCEagles247/st…
— Heights247 (@BCEagles247) June 12, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
It will be BC or Temple for Magarity
Zagsblog is saying Swedish Big Man Billy Magarity is down to a final three. I am hearing otherwise and that it is really just down to Temple and BC. The two schools went head to head for a transfer last year, with Temple luring in BU's Jake O'Brien. Temple is also led by Donahue's mentor Fran Dunphy.
I think Magarity ends up at BC. It is a fit for him and the chance to play in the ACC. I know there is a lot of optimism around campus about BC's chances. Now let's see if Donahue can close him.
Get Tebow to the Heights!
I've joked about the media asking Addazio about Tebow, but now that football's most famous terrible QB is in New England, I think BC should embrace Tebow and the circus that comes with him. Addazio should get him to campus or a BC practice the first chance he gets. Tebow can talk to the current players. He can tell the press about how great Addazio is and how important he was to Tim's career. Maybe we can even get Flutie to show up and have a Heisman to Heisman meeting. I don't care. BC doesn't have a lot of buzz locally or nationally. Addazio's day at ESPN was hijacked by the Tebow news, so this is our chance to get some attention in return. Is it shameless? Maybe, but I get the sense that Addazio and Tebow do have a connection. Tebow might enjoy a few minutes with his old coach and the media will enjoy yet another angle on the endless Tebow whirlwind.
Monday, June 10, 2013
UConn (eh) and other links
Maybe I am alone in this, but I don't get the big deal about playing UConn in 2K Classic (Katz | Yahoo). I still hate the Huskies and think a football rivalry would be heated and useful to our schedule. But without Jim Calhoun, I just can't get worked up about UConn. He embodied so much of the bad blood and I just don't have the same animosity for Kevin Ollie. And since they are part of the left behinds in College Basketball, a win doesn't mean as much. Of course we better beat them.
Mike Morrissey had to walk-on at BC. His brother won't have that problem as he is getting a lot of attention (Rivals | Scout). BC is in his final three.
Castonzo and Cherilus are closer than ever in Indy.
Sunday, June 09, 2013
Watching the Klock and other links
The gambling writers like to point out our close losses from last year. I think their play is that some of those games will go BC's way this year.
The Philly bloggers are rooting for Momah to make the team.
Saturday, June 08, 2013
BC guys at Giants camp and other links
This is a fair look at the current NFL prospects on our roster. It is interesting all the respect Amidon gets but everyone assumes a drop off with the new offense.
Two soon to be Eagles (Ian McCoshen and Steve Santini) were invited to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp.
Another Jersey player on BC's radar is Kurt Holuba.
The Orioles drafted incoming Eagle Travis Seabrooke.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Tweets of the Week
OH at BC reunion: Attractive Lawyer Lady: "So you're a lawyer, right?" "No, I'm a blogger." "Oh."
— Enrico (@The700Level) June 1, 2013
Looking forward to see what @bccoachaddazio is gonna do with the #Eagles this yeah. Bringing pride back to Chestnut Hill. #BC
— Mark Herzlich (@MarkHerzlich) June 6, 2013
Bc eagles 2014 class ranked 14th by rivals... Shout out to @bccoachaddazio @ryandaytime @bccoachwash good work boys! #gobc
— Matt Ryan (@M_Ryan02) June 5, 2013
Good Morning from Alumni Stadium! Wake up and #BeADude twitter.com/FBCoachDBrown/…
— Don Brown (@FBCoachDBrown) June 5, 2013
So proud of @jareddudley619. Looked sharp, spoke well and knew his stuff in his @espn appearances. Getting it done on and off the court. #BC
— Richard Kelley (@kelleyri) June 3, 2013
Per usual, the most popular photo opp on campus. #bcreunion twitter.com/BCAlumni/statu…
— BC Alumni (@BCAlumni) June 2, 2013
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Trying to justify my hypocritical take on roster management
Addazio on SiriusXM
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Why the APR still matters and other links
BC's last hope at a Big Man for this basketball recruiting class seems to be Swedish F/C Bill Magarity. His sister played a year at BC before transferring, so he has some familiarity with the school. I don't think Magarity is program changer but he is a nice insurance policy for our thin front line.
Phil Steele put Spiffy Evans on his preseason All America team as a Punt Returner.
ESPN thinks the ACC Network is a few years off at the earliest.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
More good recruiting news and other links
The ACC released their cross-division opponent rotation for the next ten years. It is as we expected and a reminder that we won't play the other division much.
Hanlan joined the Canadian National Team Development program.
ESPN also broke news that Eddie Meredith and George Craan left the team. Neither were expected to do much this year.
Herzy hopes to start for the Giants this year.
In case you missed it, here is USA Today's excellent team preview.
Ricci a sign of the past and things to come
Spaz was not a good recruiter and Ricci captures some of his issues. Under the old regime BC rarely landed their top choices, never had enough guys on the back burner and then scrambled to find players willing to play for BC. BC was the only BCS program to offer Ricci a scholarship. When a guy is as big as Ricci and plays on a team that got a lot of recruiting attention, and no one aggressively recruits him, there are probably some red flags. At the time of his signing, Ricci's weight was an issue. You don't want your DTs petite but you also want them to be able to use their bulk and not have it slow them down. The second issue was desire. If coaches across the country were stopping by Lawrence Academy and came away questioning Ricci's desire or love of the game, maybe there was an issue there too. To Ricci's credit he was decent at BC and didn't miss any time. But he never slimmed down and never became the next Raji or Brace. And because he wasn't a BCS talent and he was surrounded by a bunch of guys who probably weren't or aren't BCS talent, we started losing more games. I know that BC has won with diamonds in the rough before and I am not saying we shouldn't give guys a shot. But if a guy doesn't have BCS offers, I would rather it be because of his size or speed, not because teams question his dedication. Any flyer we give out should be a football junkie who can't wait to play.
Ricci won't be the latest guy to leave. I predict at least two more will bail after summer practices. It is the nature of a transition between coaches and also speaks to the lack of desire among some Spaz recruits. Football is a brutal game and a huge commitment. You have to love it to keep playing. The new intensity and higher expectations are going to leave a lot of guys asking themselves why they keep playing.
I welcome the attrition. Outside of Rettig and Andre Williams, this season is not riding on any one player. Flushing out guys who don't want to be here won't dramatically change our record and will only allow Addazio to reshape the roster with his guys faster.
Monday, June 03, 2013
Talking TuneIn with Jon Meterparel
1. What is TuneIn and how do you recommend people access and listen to it?
Meter: TuneIn is a free app available for download and owned by over 40 million people worldwide. It's also available in every new Ford and BMW car. Its the new frontier in broadcasting and enables the listener to find a wide variety of stations around the country and world.
2. Does the format enable you to cover and discuss college sports in a way that you wouldn't be able to on a traditional Boston Sports Radio station?
Meter: The format is all mine and I'm the executive producer. I can talk about anything I want and will definitely be focusing heavily on BC and college sports around the nation. Mark Packer from XM's College sports nation, will be a frequent guest. Pete Cronan and Malcolm Huckaby, will also be frequent contributors.
4. I, as a blogger, respect your position with BC, but I think most will agree that Spaz wasn't a great media personality (for a variety of reasons). Addazio has yet to coach a game -- so things could change -- but he seems more comfortable and willing to engage the media. How do you think that will impact your broadcasts and how do you think it will impact the general coverage of BC from your colleagues locally and nationally?
Meter: I think Addazio will be a terrific presence in the media and provide some great material for all media. The program needs some positive PR and he will help provide it. The media has to be willing to embrace it and as long as the wins start to come again, BC will be in a good position.
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Links from the weekend
BC is a finalist for Cincinnati running back C.J. Hilliard. He's a St. X product, so hopefully the BC connection makes a difference.
Co-ed Sailing finished 5th at Nationals.
Saturday, June 01, 2013
Scouting reports on NM State and Army
Myerberg ranked Army 106th. Army is still bad and thankfully we are not one of their "toss up" games.
New Mexico State is 121st. Myerberg also notes (and somewhat mocks) Spaz's contribution to New Mexico State's offseason.