Thursday, July 31, 2014
Why the ACC needs to wait on the 9th game
The 9th ACC game should only be an emergency move. Because other than adding another team, the 9th game is one of the last playing cards the ACC has to reopen its TV deal. Those new ACC games would be new, valuable content to ESPN and our other TV partners.
The other reason to wait on the 9th game is because no one really knows how the playoff selections will work. The ACC -- with its 8-game conference slate, Championship game and challenging non-conference schedules -- may be a manageable path to the playoffs. Why add a 9th game as yet another playoff hurdle? Then and if the selection committee punishes the ACC's conference schedule than the Conference can expand the schedules.
I am not concerned about BC and the ACC's place in the landscape of the Playoff. Once we are good enough, the conferences will finaly know how to get teams into the Dance. For now, let's hope the 2015 scheduling mess finally gets solved.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
BC-UMass line and other links
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The best part of the ESPN Carwash was a podcast
They cover the usual stuff and Addazio gets in his toughness cliches, but he also spends a good deal of time explaining how BC became a power running team. He explains why he hasn't visited Stanford and how it pays to be different. Addazio still comes off a passionate and a salesman (especially when compared to some of the other coaches on the podcast), but this was another example to show that he is more than the stereotype.
Things like the Carwash are important and the behind the scenes looks are fun. But I think BC fans should be most excited that we have a coach who has innovated at this level, but also can communicate his vision for the school and how it fits with the team he has.
Monday, July 28, 2014
How many 5th years is too many?
BC's best teams have always been experienced. But in the past most of those classes were made up of rosters that redshirted and developed in Chestnut Hill. For a variety of reasons BC rarely had JUCOs and transfers. With the rise of the post-graduate 5th year transfer, BC finally has a sweet spot to fill in the roster gaps. Addazio grabbed Matt Patchan last year and backfilled the roster this season wtih Tyler Murphy, Ty-Meer Brown, Shakim Phillips, and Ian Silberman. The benefits of 5th years are well discussed: no academic risk, short scholarship commitment, phyical and mental maturity. However, we rarely address the risk associated with the strategy. Addazio needed an influx this year and will probably need more next year, but at what point does BC want to start weaning itself of 5th year transfers?
The biggest challenge posed by depending on 5th years is knowing who and how many are available. BC lucked into Murphy and a lessor extent to Shakim Phillips. Without them we would be starting a freshman at QB and have little depth at WR. Prior relationships with both players helped get them to BC, but both had options and both could have gone elsewhere. Unlike recruiting a high schooler or even a JUCO player, the annual 5th year pool lacks depth. Thinking you can pick up a quality player to fit critical needs is foolish. One day your luck will run out.
The other issue is the holding back scholarships for 5th years. BC has plenty of scholarships right now due to roster imbalance and attrition, but in most years there won't be four spots. BC will have 99% of their scholarships committed early in each recruiting cycle.
I don't know what's ahead for BC recruiting. As the roster turns there should be less need to grab older 5th years. All the players will be Addazio's and he'll be responsible for scholarship distribution.
I applaud Addazio's aggressiveness and creativity. Without them, we wouldn't be as strong a team. I just hope we soon get to the stage where BC has so much talent in house that we don't need to scramble with 5th years.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
More opponent previews
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Trojan trap and other links
Andre Williams got the NYT feautre treament during Giants Training Camp.
Future Eagle Nolan Borgersen is ready for his final high school season.
Other sites covered this earlier in the week, but ESPN noted how strong BC's recruiting efforts have been in Massachusetts.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Tweets of the Week
"We only return 9 starters, so we will be young, but it will be exciting. We're not going to change our identity." @BCCoachAddazio #WeAreBC— BC Football News (@BCFootballNews) July 21, 2014
Congrats on a great career #OnceAnEagle MT @Giants: Chris Snee announces retirement: http://t.co/cZus3SSUr7 #Snee76 pic.twitter.com/ILd44e8wDV— BC Football News (@BCFootballNews) July 21, 2014
Bailey's waiting for @BostonCollege football to start like… pic.twitter.com/PxyCNLqnJ0 (via @jhiser10)— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) July 22, 2014
We've seen some great players this July. We are definitely on the right guys! #FutureEagles #WeAreBC #GoEagles #ACC— Jim Christian (@BCJimChristian) July 19, 2014
BC released their 2014 promotional poster. It is certainly a change from past years, but I like it. Replacing the action shots and guys in uniform with the Gasson rotunda and the seniors in ties and blazers is different. Plus it reinforces the image and structure that Addazio is selling. These things are more about marketing to future players than current fans but this poster works on both levels.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Analytical love for Matt Ryan and other links
Andy Gallik made the Preseason All ACC team.
Earlier in the week EDSBS assigned parts of our galaxy to ACC teams. The BC analogy is probably fair.
Steele Divitto is ready for Jets Training Camp.
Miami is recruiting New England players this cycle.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
2014 Preview Questions: How good is the Atlantic Division?
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
College Football's MLS ideas and BC
BC is not mentioned as a team looking to the MLS, but fortunately we are already doing things they recommend. Stadium improvements are the most obvious, but we are also tracking individual student attendence and rewarding loyalty.
What the MLS is also improving the food at the stadium. Food is rarely mentioned as the problem with BC sports. But maybe it is something BC should address. An improved team will always have a greater impact than improved concessions, but it doesn't mean something can't be done.
I rarely go to games so I am always an armchair QB on the issue. But I think that the only way to get Alumni and Conte filled is to make it an experience you cannot get at home. Winning is important, but everything else matters too.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Addazio fired up: Coaches' turn at the ACC Media Day
“It doesn’t sit well with me, I’m not going to sit here and lie to you,’’ Addazio said. “But, I understand that. One season doesn’t mean a lot. I think, if anything else, it’ll fuel the fire. I’ll make sure we’ll talk about that as a football team when we get back.
Addazio didn't say anything ground breaking. He was repeatedly asked about replacing Williams and the new offense. Occasionally during his one on ones, something interesting would pop up, like Swiggert's progress.
Here is the Coach talking about expectations for this season. I like using Charlotte as a goal, but any bowl would be an accomplishment.
OVerall it was an effective day for Addazio and BC. He said the right things and represented BC well.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
ACC Media kick off links
Both players answered plenty of questions about replacing Andre Williams.
As you can see from BC's coverage, there was still fun to be had.
The school also released its updated roster Sunday. The only big news was an official status on Shakim Phillips. BC is also using "GS" as a new listing for 5th year/graduate students. Seeing all the GSs on one page is a reminder that this staff has been very creative in adding depth and patch working their roster.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Getting a look at Tyler Murphy
This one is not exclusively focused on Murphy, but in it you get to see him throw from the pocket and run.
Does a couple of games in the SEC mean that Murphy will hit the ground running this Fall? Unlikely. But that limited experience is still valuable. He's used to the speed and different defensive looks. Plus Murphy showed that his basics are strong enough to execute our offense. He can throw and he can run. Let's hope he does a lot this season for BC.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Tweets of the Week
New north endzone video board being hung today. Exciting stuff! #wearebc pic.twitter.com/6yilet1BOA— Brad Bates (@BCBradBates) July 17, 2014
That is awesome. Congrats! “@paulschiavone: Eagles on the marriage path! #ForBoston #BC cc @BCAlumni pic.twitter.com/8pePvNQUn7”— A.J. Black (@BCHysteria) July 17, 2014
Just for the record, all this talk about @BCBirdBall building a new facility...been talked about for 11 years and no progress— Da Foles (@BFoley82) July 16, 2014
"Your meaningless 3rd-place game is so dumb, why bother?" - America, right before watching the Little Caesars Bowl— Sean Keeley (@NunesMagician) July 12, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Foster joins Baseball (officially) and other links
Syracuse.com's preview of BC is very complimentary to Addazio. After going from Spaz to Daz, I think most BC fans agree that coaching matters.
Reports out of Green Bay still predict Rettig will be a Practice Squad guy.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Fired coaches usually mean a few things. The first is a bad season. Bad seasons from other ACC teams are good things for BC. It opens up bowl slots and can lead to easy wins. A fired coach can also mean a rebuild. Rebuild often lead to more bad seasons. Of course there is always the chance of a quick turnaround, but I expect Wake to struggle this year and it looks like NC State will still be rebuilding under their second year coach.
The majority of ACC coaches are safe. Fisher can do whatever he wants at FSU. Swinney still has good will from his most recent run (but he's got to start beating South Carolina). Duke and Pitt might have ceilings with their current coaches, but their respective consistency makes them safe. Syracuse, Louisville, Wake and UNC have enough invested in their current coaches, that changes are unlikely this season. I think Golden is safe but he's always a candidate for another job. Beamer is safe too, but his transition to retirement is looming.
The only other ACC Coach to truly join London on the Hotseat is Paul Johnson. I like Johnson and think Tech should hang on to him, but he's rubbed enough people the wrong way over the years that his goodwill might run out. There is also the perception among a group of their fans that his offense will never lead to a National Championship.
Virginia and Georgia Tech are not in division, so a shakeup at either place doesn't benefit BC directly. However, we recruit similar types of players and have moved recruiting deeper into both states under Addazio. If either coach gets fired, BC should be able to poach a reluctant recruit or two.
I am glad BC is out of the Hotseat circle for at least another year. Who knows? Maybe Addazio will be a winner and a lifer. For now, I just hope he takes advantage of the chaos at other programs.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Burke's story and other links
Women's Tennis sophomore Lexi Borr won the ITA Circuit Tournament Monday.
ESPN's David Hale thinks Josh Bordner is one of the ACC's Wild Cards. I know the staff was very big on Bordner's potential in the Spring. It will be interesting to see how he stacks up in August when there is a full depth chart at WR.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Suggestion to the ACC: move the ACC Media Days to Bristol, CT
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Baseball change rumors and other links
Herzy's fundraiser last week was a success. Thank you to those who supported the event.
BC's win over/under is 4.5.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Fitzgerald's summer and other links
In case you missed it, Andy Gallik and Dominique Williams will represent BC at the ACC Media Days next week. Gallik is expected. Williams is somewhat of a surprise. But having him there is a good sign. It means the staff expects him to have a strong season.
Interest is heating up in BC target, Donovan Mitchell. Louisville is the latest to offer the 2015 guard.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Tweets of the Week
None of the 14 schools go w/a vaunted o-lineman/d-lineman combo that results in empty tables. Or, as I like to call it, the "Boston College"— Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) July 10, 2014
Lolololololllllllll RT @RandyEdsall: "Work until your idols become your rivals "_ Drake— TEDDY GOOALSEVELT (@edsbs) July 5, 2014
Stairs on vacation. #NoTraffic #BCsummer (photo by @theBCbeat) pic.twitter.com/Dq00D6Lc3k— Boston College (@BostonCollege) July 10, 2014
Boston College improved by leaps and bounds in year 1 under Steve Addazio. What is in store in year 2? #WeAreBC pic.twitter.com/rQvX5CfE9a— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) July 7, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
2014 Preview Questions: Is Steven Daniels the best player on Defense?
With all the "Dude" talk and Heisman hype, no one really mentioned that Steven Daniels had a great season. He was active. He was versatile and he was our best tackler. When Daniels got near someone he brought them down. When watching the games back, rarely did he miss a tackler and no one shook him off. He finished the year with 88 tackles (3rd best on the team). This season -- with so few impact players returning on defense -- might be Daniels' time to shine. He will either get swallowed up by the void left in the linebacking corp or take over and dominate.
Daniels' road to the Heights was lined with a few pot holes. He was supposed to be the next great St. X recruit. However, he spent a year Worcester shoring up his academics. Meanwhile the greatest St. X-BC player in school history, Luke Kuechly, was rewriting the record book at Daniels' position of Linebacker. Could anyone fill Kuechly's shoes? Daniels first season was okay but didn't project for his explosion as a sophomore. Last year he finally showed glimpses that he could live up to the St. X legacy.
I don't know how Brown will use Daniels this year. Daniels has enough speed to be used more often in blitz packages. But he can also be used to cover the space left open by other guys rushing. Either way I think he's going to be a difference maker.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
"Smart" Schedule, Take 2
The team plays traditional regional rivals like Harvard, UMass and Providence and the backend of the USC agreement, but everyone else is a middling Mid Major. The team is also committed to the Puerto Rico Tip-off. If the team overachieves and makes a run at the bubble, that tournament will be their best chance to impress the selection committee and the computers.
I don't know what to expect yet from this team, but the schedule should give them a better start than last year's. Six of these games are easy wins and the Harvard, UMass and PC games are all winnable. There will always be concern from ticket holders about the game times or lack of appealing opponents, but that shouldn't be the focus in Year 1. Now we need to win and this schedule is the first step.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Recruiting roundup (football and basketball)
BC was the first to offer 2016 Arizona QB prospect Mason Moran. We offered as a QB but some think he might be a a good defensive prospect.
In basketball news, BC is making a major push for guard Donovan Mitchell. He plays for Brewster and was considered a Providence lean prior to BC's push.
Monday, July 07, 2014
Phillips says he's coming back
ICYMI: Spoke with WR Shakim Phillips last night, confirming his return to #BC for his final year of eligibility
— Rich Cirminiello (@RichCirminiello) June 26, 2014
Of course this has been long rumored and highly dependent on Shakim wrapping up his UConn degree this summer. All the various summer sessions at UConn conclude in July and August. As soon as he has his degree, he is eligible for practice at BC.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Gorman pitching well in Cape League and other links
Soaring to Glory moved their profile series to key RB Marcus Outlow.
If you're looking for a BC angle at the ESPYs, how about Johnny Gaudreau potentially winning top male college athlete.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
Basketball looking at late bloomer and other links
Before the holiday, Florida DE Wyatt Ray committed to Addazio. Hopefully a signing like this will open up a recruiting pipeline with his high school traditional Catholic power St. Thomas Aquinas. Ray is big but might be able to play LB at BC.
The ACC named BC runner to Danielle Winslow to its All Academic team.
Friday, July 04, 2014
Tweets of the Week
A MUST READ: @PeteFrates3 describes his journey with ALS and hopes for the future of the disease. #StrikeoutALS http://t.co/F1JU2kiQOg— BC Baseball (@BCBirdBall) July 2, 2014
What an experience it was playing in a World Cup! Thanks America & fans for believing! Blessed to be a part of this team #USMNT! #1N1T #USA— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) July 2, 2014
This Jason Kidd thing has a Boston College/Jeff Jagodzinski feeling about it. That worked out so well for both.— Tyler Dawgden (@TylerDawgden) June 29, 2014
Sooo..... @Panthers LB Luke Kuechly throws a medicine ball like its a basketball pic.twitter.com/Z6tVnLw1ph— Chelsa Messinger (@ChelsaMessinger) July 3, 2014
Thursday, July 03, 2014
2014 Preview Questions: How difficult is the schedule?
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Dunbar's comeback and other links
Outside of Gallik, most of our seniors seem like longshots for the NFL.
Soaring to Glory's continued their player preview series with Kam Moore. He seems like the type that woud redshirt.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Daz gets his second QB
Smith camped at BC, so the staff is familiar with his abilities. He's also has the size and speed to play another position if he cannot get on the field as a QB. Even if the staff expects Smith to switch positions, I still don't think they will take another QB. They have so many needs and a third QB is not one of them. With just a handful of scholarships left, it will be interesting to see what Addazio does next. We need some big bodies for the OL/DL area and could use another skill player.