Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Why BC is a better job than most think
Long-time ACC writer Caulton Tudor noticed that most ACC jobs lead to firings. But I think it is a bit different at BC. We may have fired four of our last six coaches, however, an argument could be made that two of the fired (Bicknell and Jags) could have used BC as a stepping stone had they had better foresight or timing. Bicknell missed his window and passed on bigger jobs. Jags tried to jump too early and saw it all blow up in his face.
The two that got fired without any prospects were Spaz and Henning. They share some of the same characteristics including that they never should have been hired in the first place and both were a little old for the job. Age is a factor in all of this. If you are young and hungry and ready to prove yourself, BC can be a great place. Expectations -- even among bloggers -- are relatively low. The Boston media is passive, as is the fanbase. Those might keep some from wanting the job, but that low pressure environment should be enticing to someone who wants to build a career.
Addazio is positioning himself as a lifer at BC. Odds say that won't end well. However, if history holds, he will have other opportunities in four of five seasons. I am not worried about him taking a new job either. There will be a smart opportunistic coach ready to fill his shoes at BC.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Highlights of Addazio's ESPN chat
Chats have been the bane of many BC bloggers, but this one had a fresh feel. And the some of the purposely trolling questions got through! The whole transcript is here. I found the following exchanges interesting.
Kyle (Chestnut Hill)
Tim (East Providence)
Addazio's passion and other links
Rettig's playbook challenges including trying to spit out Kevin Rogers' NFL lingo.
BC hasn't been that great against the spread over the past ten years, however, the past few seasons really skewed the results.
BC is recruiting a Matt Ryan for basketball. That won't be confusing at all.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Crazy Predictions: A Season Preview. Part 4: BC will win three road games
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Rettig feature and other links
Saturday, July 27, 2013
More previews and other links
The Hurricanes signed Nathan Gerbe.
Women's basketball will play in the Cancun Challenge.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Tweets of the Week
Somewhere on Chestnut Hill, the BC Office of University Advancement is frantically trying to get Matt Ryan on the phone.— A.J Black (@BCHysteria) July 25, 2013
This picture is ridiculously awesome “@cfitzpatrick91: A @BostonCollege sunset with Flutie pic.twitter.com/YeSPCsp5Cg”— BC Interruption (@bcinterruption) July 25, 2013
Swofford’s new talking point: ACC additions & grant of rights have “stabilized” college athletics. Never mind ACC kickstarted it all.— Joe Ovies (@joeovies) July 21, 2013
Well, took all of five minutes in O'Hare to run into someone from school unexpectedly. Reminder: BC is everywhere.— Dave Levy (@levydr) July 20, 2013
Happy to have had seven current and four former BC basketball players visit. All classy and gracious. Nine in pic. pic.twitter.com/Rwy6YmDWuJ— Richard Kelley (@kelleyri) July 19, 2013
@mikebonfanti I guess @Corey_Clark hasn't been to the Carrier Dome. That place is a dump— Brian Foley (@BFoley82) July 24, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Memory Lane courtesy of BC Athletics Facebook page
The Athletic Department's Facebook page posted this picture Thursday. It is the front page of the Globe the morning after the Flutie Hail Mary. My family was living outside of Boston at the time and I vividly remember this edition of the paper. I thought it was so cool to have the two pictures split and the path of the ball in the air.
I don't know when BC sports will be the top story on the Globe/Boston.com again. They just don't care. We would have to do something on the level of Flutie for them to lead with BC. I also don't know when the Globe would ever get that creative with anything related to BC sports. This probably sounds more like a grumpy fan whining about the media than I want it to. I guess I long for the days when a newspaper or new organization can leave a lasting memory like this. This page added to my experience of the game. Let's hope we have some memorable games in the near future and all our outlets (blogs, social media, message boards, etc) react and enhance the games like the Globe did that day.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
KPL preseason All ACC and other links
The basketball team will also play USC this year. That will be a nice coming home for all of our Californians. I hope the Pac 12 Network isn't an issue with this game.
The Philly media likes the Momah story. Let's hope the coaching staff does too.
Denver resigned Dan Koppen.
This isn't BC related, but Stanford is rolling out dynamic pricing for their seats. If it works for them, it will be at Alumni shortly thereafter.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Crazy Predictions: A Season Preview. Part 3: Andre Williams won't rush for more than 500 yards
This prediction is not intended to disparage Andre Williams. It is more about our running game and the frustration I predict for this season.
Addazio has made it clear he wants to run the ball. Or at least establish the run. But just because he wants to run doesn't mean BC will do it well this year. Our offensive line hasn't been good for years and lost two of its better starters from last year. Word out of Spring Ball is that the offensive line was still a "work in progress." There are talent issues, depth issues and relearning some fundamentals. A great offensive line coach can perform triage and miracles. I have hope for Justin Frye, but he is still very young. Maybe he will get the line to come together right away. I just have my doubts.
"But what about Addazio's background as an OLine coach?" you might ask. It helps. I like former OL coaches as head coaches because they understand the importance of building from the line. But Addazio will need to upgrade the talent before we dominate running again. (I know 5th year Matt Patchan helps but let's see if he stays healthy.)
I take Addazio at his word that he will pass the ball this year. Rettig is his best offensive weapon and he can get rid of the ball under pressure. Throwing a lot will limit Williams' carries.
Finally, I think we will see much more running back by committee this year. If Kimble stays healthy, he will get plenty of opportunities this year. Myles Willis will get a chance to play right away. Dudeck was a Spaz favorite, but I see no reason why he wouldn't get some playing time.
As much as I would love to see BC's offense explode this year, I know we will struggle at times. Based on impressions and gossip in spring, most expect those struggles to come from running the ball. I wish Williams the best, but don't think he's going to surpass last season's totals.
Monday, July 22, 2013
ACC Kickoff Day 2 Highlights
The assembled media picked BC to finish last in the division. I don't think anyone was surprised. After a 2-10 season, how can you not?
Addazio made positive impressions on the media.
Steve Addazio just used his nametag as a prop. Pretty sure his predecessor wouldn't have done that.
— Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) July 22, 2013
Some writers are still surprised that our head coach is serving as his own recruiting coordinator.
I was surprised that the Globe has not written anything. Based on his tweets, it seems like Vega is there. Maybe I overestimated his excitement about returning to the BC beat.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
ACC Kickoff Day 1 Recap
"You either are a dude, or you're not. If you're a dude, you know what it means to be a dude." BC LB explains dudedom http://t.co/M0TFAQ6Ec9
— SB Nation (@sbnation) July 21, 2013
Behind scenes at 2013 #ACC Football Kickoff MT @BCFootballNews: QB Chase Rettig gets #ACCFootball interviews underway pic.twitter.com/6utJXEOuWG
— Jack McCluskey (@jack_mccluskey) July 21, 2013
The players together.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
What to expect at the ACC Media Days
There will be plenty of coverage on all different outlets, so look for these themes and questions as the events unfold.
-- Addazio getting asked a lot about Tebow and Hernandez. This is the most predictable portion of the weekend. Fortunately Addazio is used to it by now. I expect him to give generic non-answers and when appropriate steer the conversation back to BC.
--Steele Divitto to make an all conference team. The QB position is too much of a logjam for Rettig to get on a preseason ACC team, but I think Divitto will. Don't mistake his votes for respect among the ACC Media. Many times players who attend get an added boost because they are top of mind.
-- Everyone to get asked about Boston Strong and the Marathon. With the way our collective memory works, many have already forgotten about the bombing, but I think the media will ask...even if it is just as simple as "how did not having a Spring Game impact your preparation?"
-- BC folks will be asked non-nonsensical questions about Pitt and Syracuse. Someone will ask something about the new "northern" schools joining in some fashion since BC is still viewed as the odd duck by many old-time ACC reporters. The only issue I have is that none of our current players ever went through a conference switch and don't really have a relationship or rivalry with Pitt or Syracuse.
-- The voters will put BC near or at the bottom of the division. Expectations are low. Very low. I don't care though. I just hope Addazio can use it as motivation.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Addazio's love of the Cape and other links
When he's done with his summer vacation, Addazio will head back to Bristol for ESPN's Car Wash. Addazio will be part of the ACC contingent on July 30.
Andre Williams is a preseason Doak Walker candidate.
Momah keeps earning good mentions out of Philly's camp.
Tweets of the Week
reppin' BC from the tallest peak in the Rockies at 14,440ft! #eagles #superfan #MtElbert @BostonCollege pic.twitter.com/gTWAOnCJ15— Luisa J (@LueJae) July 18, 2013
Joe Tessitore's tone and pronunciation of the phrase "player hating" is the best thing to happen to college football all offseason.— Rock M Nation (@rockmnation) July 17, 2013
Spurrier sees Muschamp's "Ohio" jab and raises a "Notre Dame to the ACC." The master has arrived.— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) July 16, 2013
It's a shame to see ppl's reaction on twitter. There is no victory when there's loss of life— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) July 14, 2013
So grateful I was able to share the Cup with my family, friends, and @WestminsterCT and @BCHockeyNews families yesterday. Special thanks...— Ben Smith (@BenASmith12) July 17, 2013
The Cup, NCAA Trophies, and Mista Jerry Yawk. Good pic for Connecticut's Ben Smith #cawlidgehawkey #BCHawkey pic.twitter.com/ucDjNByXsv— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) July 17, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
The ACC announces new bowl deal; none of it matters for BC
BC fans shouldn't care because we are still in an Orange Bowl or bust mindset. BC is never going to be picked by any of the other bowls unless the bowl is forced. In good years we will go to Charlotte. In bad to El Paso or the Bronx. Does that really make a difference to anyone? If anything I think most BC fans would prefer the less prestigious Pinstripe Bowl over El Paso anyway.
Most ACC teams shouldn't care about this much either. This current bowl cycle deal is for six years. I doubt it will even need to be that long. I predict the playoff will be such success and such a form of controversy that it will expand to eight teams within three years and it will probably expand to 12 within five years. Once the playoffs become that big, the bowls will be a shell of themselves.
Until the bowls die, I just want to see BC in one again. That should be our only care and focus.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
UConn-BC official and other links
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Crazy Predictions: A Season Preview. We will have more sacks this year than the last three combined
Monday, July 15, 2013
Morrissey to Michigan State and other links
Austin Tedesco posted a really good preview of the basketball team. I am a big believer in experience and the raw numbers are staggering in BC's case. Donahue needs to turn that experience into wins.
Divitto is on the Butkus watch list. I don't think any of our defensive players are going to get enough tackles to get national awards.
ESPN's Adelson broke down BC's schedule. She thinks we should get to about five wins.
BC is one of the most popular Universities on Instagram.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Meyer's mouthpiece subtly points finger at Addazio
This is what I learned about how Hernandez got to Florida. He was recruited by an assistant coach from Connecticut, who knew of his checkered past.
Meyer balked at recruiting him. Partly because one of his assistant coaches was so passionate about signing Hernandez and partly because he became convinced “the mission” could change him, Meyer recapitulated.
The writer, Buddy Martin, knows that Steve Addazio was the "assistant coach from Connecticut." So would most of the readers and college football fans. You can even look at Hernandez's recruiting profile to see that Addazio was his recruiter. Yet he doesn't name him. Why? Because he knows it is not fair to blame Addazio for Hernandez. But Meyer still wants to shield himself and look innocent. That's been his modus operandi for a long time...even if he points the blame at his loyal and long-time assistant. Nothing is ever Urban Meyer's fault and god forbid he doesn't control every aspect of his image.
I can't speak to how things were run in Florida, but I don't blame Steve Addazio. I also don't blame Addazio (or even Meyer) for Hernandez's murdering someone now. Hernandez is an adult acting on his own. Do we blame Kraft or Belichick? No one could have predicted things would end this way.
Addazio recruited Hernandez because he was in his territory and he was a great player. BC recruited him too but he didn't give us the time of day (and it was our TOB-Jags transition class).
I don't know if Addazio cares about what Meyer's defenders are doing, but throwing him under the bus even if it is by geography (Connecticut assistant) rather than name is a cowardly move. I hope Martin and/or Meyer apologize to Addazio.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
BC still a cheap ticket and other links
BC has an offer to Florida QB Sean White, but I don't expect him to be the our second QB.
Sailors Molly Clarke and Kelly Roy earned ICSA All-Academic honors.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Tweets of the Week
#SharkNado the movie wasn't as good as the book was.— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) July 12, 2013
RT @TroyBellS2P: Watching an old #BC #Uconn game lol #tbt http://t.co/HwepU1eSdN— Heights Sports (@HeightsSports) June 20, 2013
I stand by my earlier statement - Reggie Jackson shouldn't be playing in the Summer League. That said, what a awesome performance. #WeAreBC— Mike Gib (@HoyaEagle) July 9, 2013
New Celtics coach has an at first confusing Twitter handle for #BCEagles fans: @BCCoachStevens— Austin Tedesco (@TedescoHeights) July 6, 2013
#BCEagles commit Ty Schwab has received an offer from Maryland. His response? "I'm with BC. I'm not going anywhere." http://t.co/Bp0jBChspc— Heights247 (@BCEagles247) July 9, 2013
Great to see @BostonCollege alum & @nflcolts OT @GosderCherilus giving back to his community in Somerville, MA: http://t.co/pqis14lGg3— Warren K. Zola (@WarrenKZola) July 9, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
TV Coverage of our lower-level games just got way better
Most of you don't know or care about Durham, but he is the radio voice of the Falcons and has been the radio voice of Georgia Tech for the past 18 years. He's also hosted one of the best college football radio shows I've ever heard. Wes calls a great game and also does his homework. I've heard him talk about BC repeatedly and he doesn't just regurgitate the standard cliches.
Because his contract is with Fox Sports South, he will probably call a fair bit of BC games as we rebuild. ESPN and Raycom will still pick the first four ACC games each week, leaving Fox Sport South the right to pick the fifth or sixth game (which Wes will call). Those games will then be available on your respective regional Fox Sports Cable affiliate.
A mediocre broadcaster doesn't ruin a game, but a great one can make it better. I don't know how our team will play, but having a few Wes Durham calls ahead is something to look forward to.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Freese on Groza list and other links
On a slow news day, Nate Freese making the Groza list makes for headlines. I am glad BC is supporting the effort, but I don't think Nate score enough to win the award.
Story behind D.J. Gillens' switch from BC to Wisconsin shows how fickle the recruiting process can be.
The Flames are patiently waiting for Gaudreau.
I did not realize the Colts paid a premium to sign Emmett Cleary as an undrafted free agent. That doesn't mean he is a lock to make the team though.
For those who missed it, here is CBS's Morning Show's piece on former BC assistant Don Horton. Horton suffers from Parkinson's and his wife has built a business around shirts that he can button via magnets.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Crazy Predictions: A Season Preview. Part 1: Chase Rettig will be All ACC
Chase Rettig put up decent numbers but nothing that hints at greatness. Yet as the season nears, I am predicting a breakout or more a culmination of all his trials and tribulations. I think he makes an All ACC team this year (likely second team). No one expects this given our new coach and terrible offense. This is why I am optimistic:
-- Not so new offense. At this point Rettig is used to learning new offenses. The difference this year is that he already has a relationship with his OC. Vernacular might be different. The devotion to the run game might be new, but BC is still going to pass. We have to as it is only thing we know we can do. I expect Rettig will still put up good yardage numbers, but think the running game focus will help his completion percentage, sacks and turnovers.
-- The new staff loves him. That's the word on the street anyway. I think that confidence and aggressiveness will lead to improved play. It will also lead to influencing ACC voters. If the coaches are talking him up and he is backing it up with decent numbers, Rettig will get some "All ACC" love.
-- The other ACC QBs are not good. Who is really going to finish ahead of him? Boyd is probably first team, but are there any greats ready to fill the void around the conference? I like Rettig's chances. If we get to six wins, he is a lock for All ACC.
If you can't already tell, I am getting very optimistic about this season. I had the same optimism about Rettig last year but he couldn't overcome Spaz. Now he is a year older and wiser. He's seen it all. I think that experience does slow the game down and makes things easier for him. Throw in an aggressive mindset and I think you'll see more productivity and improved efficiency.
Monday, July 08, 2013
No on Gillins, yes on Wilson
The good news is that it was still a busy day for BC recruiting. Michigan Running Back Richard Wilson committed to Addazio. Wilson is not an elite recruit, but does add some nice depth. He might play on the defensive side of the ball based on how the class shakes out.
Gillins set to decide
Saturday, July 06, 2013
Thoughts on SI's Addazio article
-- Addazio is more than just "rah, rah" and high energy. There is some simple sales strategies and statistics at work here and that is a good thing. I don't know if this is his original thought or he is adapting from other coaches whom he worked under, but having X amount of prospects that require X amount of contact and calls per week is familiar to anyone who has worked in Sales before. You are never going to close every deal in football or business, so you need enough prospects lined up to reach your goals. It is a simple concept, but one that has been lacking around BC. Too often the past four years we went from our A List to our C List without any rhyme or reason in between.
-- Institutional guys are buying in. Most programs have a few coaches and guys who have been around a while and have seen many come and go. BC has two on staff now in Kevin Lempa and Al Washington. Both have been part of multiple BC regimes and know what works and doesn't. Both are quoted in the article and seem to be enjoying the new culture.
-- #beadude is going to get played to the hilt this fall by the media. I like the idea behind Don Brown's viral hash-tag. But as we know a good thing can become a tired cliche when we hear about it every week. I predict it will get mentioned weekly in our games and will be all over the feature articles this fall. I will try to keep from rolling my eyes as long as recruiting is going strong. I also expect Brown's magic to keep us competitive this fall. I do feel for him that he didn't trademark the phrase as it will be on signs and t-shirts in the near future.
-- High School Coaches talking about Spaz. The contrast in John DiBiaso's (Everett) and Greg Toal's (Don Bosco) comments about our former staff were telling. DiBiaso was more candid in saying the former was "all over the place." While Toal didn't defend Spaz, he did point out Spaz's success as a defensive coach. This is all validation of what most of us thought -- things were a mess under Spaz. And his staff not being cohesive was also a byproduct of the AD having influence in who was hired and who was not. None of us know if Addazio will succeed but I think it is clear he is in control. I also like that his "energy" is translating to critical high school coaches and players.
Friday, July 05, 2013
Tweets of the Week
Syracuse is still mad at BC for being picked ahead of them at the ACC Prom.
— William Kristoph (@ScalpEmOfficial) July 2, 2013
Here's A Collection Of Photos Of Jim Boeheim Looking Disinterested During #ACCinNYC http://t.co/O5FZH59lEJ
— Sean Keeley (@NunesMagician) July 2, 2013
Pretty sure ACC lifted its talking point of "football potential" straight from a 2005 Big East press release.
— Chas Rich (@ChasRich27) July 1, 2013
Just got done working out.. Wanted to thank all the FANS in phx!!! U guys have been so good to me.. Ill never forget my time with you guys
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) July 2, 2013
Congratulations to @BUCoachStevens on new position as head coach of the @Celtics! Welcome to Boston!
— Steve Donahue (@Coach_Donahue) July 3, 2013
Thursday, July 04, 2013
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Soaring previews and other links
It looks like the Sabres are going to release former BC star Nathan Gerbe.
Matt Ryan and Tom Condon have a chance to get Matt a massive new contract. But I do expect Matt to take a cap-friendly deal so Atlanta can keep surrounding him with talent.
Here is a good preview of Maryland. How was BC not the low-point of last season?
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Hughes to Oklahoma and other links
Jared Dudley was part of a huge, three-team trade in the NBA. He's now a Los Angeles Clipper. I am sorry for the BC Club of Phoenix, since Dudley was a nice presence locally and was fairly active. But for Jared this is great news. He joins a team that wants him and returns to Southern California. The Clippers should be one of the better teams in the West and Jared will get to be a critical contributor again. Los Angeles is not a bad place to build your growing media career too.
BCEagles.com posted a Q&A with former star Victoria DiMartino.
Monday, July 01, 2013
Rettig respect? and other links
Temple fans are not as enamored with Addazio's Vines and catch phrases as BC fans are.
Recent commit Ty Schwab says he's been a BC fan since he was a little kid.
Minnesota basketball transfer Joe Coleman will not becoming to BC.