Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Hanlan honored and other links
Chris Shaw earned Hitter of the Week honors from the NCBWA.
Hockey Captian Michael Matheson signed with the Panthers and will skip his final year of college hockey.
Former Eagle Jordan Daniels completed his degree at Drake and is now free to transfer and play right away.
Monday, March 30, 2015
The ups and downs of recruiting teenagers UPDATE
In my short stint with Scout.com, I did my best to avoid interacting directly with recruits. My excuse at the time was that I couldn't because I am a BC booster. But the reality is that I didn't want to go near the potential eagles. I know most are probably good kids, but there are also plenty that would drive me nuts. Recruiting is an emotional roller coaster for the college coaches. Reading the tea leaves, I am sure BC's staff has spent way too much emotion already dealing with current verbal commitment Danny Dalton.
Dalton has been the subject of speculation on various BC message boards, but for those who don't read the boards, here is a quick recap. Massachusetts TE Danny Dalton committed to BC last month. A local product with upside, it seemed like Addazio found good potential and Dalton said all the right things. Of course BC's discovery sent out signals to other programs. Supposedly Alabama had interest. And maybe the extra attention got Dalton thinking, because since committing to BC, he visited Rutgers and raved about it, and visited Penn State this past weekend. Addazio and staff cannot comment publicly on a player, but I can't imagine they enjoy his mini-tour and tweeting about rival programs.
Verbal commitments are not binding and plenty of BC stars of the past were people who changed their mind and flipped to BC (Herzlich and Hilliman are two that come to mind). Addazio might lose Dalton and others in the future. He'll also flip some back to BC. I am not going to lose sleep over it, but I am sure the assistants are. They found and nurtured the relationship with Dalton and now have to fret the next 10 months until Signing Day. Or they can cut their losses and tell Dalton if he keeps looking, his BC offer is gone. Either way I doubt he ends up an Eagle. But because he's local, Addazio has to handle it with kid gloves. Pissing off one local coach or recruit can have a real ripple effect.
At this point I trust Addazio on recruiting. If he can't keep Dalton, he will find an capable replacement. Because if Dalton reminded us, teenagers love to change their minds.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
A baseball sweep!
The Delaware solution was only temporary, however, I don't think this is the end of BC's barnstorming. Weather and Shea Field will always make early season games precarious. For now let's just hope they keep making the best of the circumstances and keep on winning.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Hockey season over as Denver sends BC packing
BC finished the season 21-14-3. Even with the loss, the guys and Jerry York still deserve our thanks for another very good season.
Isn't it supposed to be Spring?
It is only fitting that following a winter that no one in Boston will forget, the first Boston College "open scrimmage" was filled with snow. The team started things early just to avoid the worst part of the scheduled storm. With the bubble down, the forecast becomes a much more important part of the planning process.
According to Adam Kurkjian, all three QBs looked green. But how much of that was jitters, the conditions or just young QBs getting the kinks out?
Based on some of the pictures, it seems like the weather kept most of the fans away from the new event.
Football Spring Scrimmage pic.twitter.com/TyWeoxybJ8
— WZBC Sports (@WZBCSPORTS) March 28, 2015
You cannot read too much into any of this. Even just measuring the Marketing aspect, I don't know if you can really compare this to a traditional Spring Game, since the schedule got tweaked and the weather was so bad. Let's hope it helped recruiting. I don't know if this will make Bates rethink future Spring Games, but it did help Addazio's argument for an indoor practice facility.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Tweets of the Week
Coughlin has an iPhone but only knows how to text. "I don't trust the lady in GPS. Don't trust her."— Kevin Clark (@KevinClarkWSJ) March 25, 2015
Gottfried with a stump for the ACC, too: "No disrespect to Villanova, they're obviously very, very good ... "— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) March 22, 2015
Gottfried cont.: "... but I'm not sure they're winning our league."— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) March 22, 2015
Uh-oh. RT @BostonCollegeIT: Rumors swirling as to who will replace Zayn Malik. pic.twitter.com/vGuGQgQbTR— Boston College (@BostonCollege) March 26, 2015
@french60wasp Oh god no. Not another Steve Addazio.— Matt Barr (@MattyLight11) March 24, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
No confusion: Blackmon on board
Ronnie's own Tweet also shows him in Boston.
Atlanta⏩⏩Boston pic.twitter.com/3x2QdSZLcWLike all of our early verbals, Blackmon will hear from plenty of other programs, but I think BC can keep him locked in.
— Ronnie Blackmon (@smooth_ronnie4) March 26, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
BC is one of many after Jaren Sina
Once again Al Washington deserves much of the credit for turning Georgia into an important recruiting territory. Morias has offers from UNC and Tennessee and I am sure other big programs will try to poach him. But I trust Washington and Addazio to keep him on board.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Barlow commits and other links
Another reminder that baseball needs a permanent home and a better surface for dealing with wetness and rain: our series with Duke will be played in Delaware.
BC basketball target Mike Edwards is now getting attention from Michigan.
According to an ESPN study using wins and salary, Addazio is one of the better bargains in college football.
Former Eagle Tony Sanchez hopes to make the most of this season with the Pirates. Although it looked like he might start the season in Triple A, injuries to other catchers and a strong spring could help him start in the majors this year.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Addazio takes Indoor Practice Facility push to Media
Addazio's push for an permanent indoor practice facility is not new to those who have heard him speak lately. He tends to work it into his speeches at booster and alumni functions. Taking it to the media though changes the objective. Now the pitch goes from receptive ears to a broader community who can interpret it a few different ways. In general, I think BC fans (the passionate and the casual) will support the facility. It is just part of the arms race of college football. And the facilities are no longer just at football factories. Private schools across the ACC have them or are building them. Good facilities can make a difference with quality recruits. But Addazio's quote will also be fuel for those who don't want it (locals who object to any BC construction) and those we recruit against.
I don't think Addazio talked about the facility to put pressure on Brad Bates or start building excuses for himself. It is still early in his tenure, but I don't think he is that manipulative. But taking the message to a wider audience is a power play. Addazio is very friendly with Vega. If he didn't want the quote out there, it would have been removed. Now, Addazio is letting the BC broader BC community know that if we want to compete we need to raise the money and build this facility.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Hockey opens Tourney against Denver
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Hockey should get into the NCAA Tourney
[Eds. Note: Joe corrected me on the selection process. It is pretty cut and dry on ranking. Once again as with hockey and other things, I am an idiot.]
BC starts Scholarship Fund for Marathon Couple
There were many inspirational stories that came out of the Boston Marathon Bombing, but one that captured the hearts and attention of the BC community was that of Patrick Downes '05 and his wife Jessica Kensky. Now the Boston College Class of 2005 has started a scholarship to honor both and is raising money in conjunction with BC. The class hopes to fully endow the scholarship and direct it towards students who have overcome adversity. If you are interested in pledging, learn more on the Boston College Strong Scholarship page.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Women's Hockey loses in Frozen Four
That’s all folks. BC’s record-breaking season ends with a 2-1 loss to Harvard in the Frozen Four semifinals. pic.twitter.com/xcC47pZM0H
— Tom DeVoto (@DeVotoHeights) March 21, 2015
Tweets of the Week
Hey @SportsCenter, the Eagles might not have won, but we still feel Thatcher Demko's save is #SCTop10 worthy! https://t.co/omH7eR8E63— BC Hockey (@BCHockeyNews) March 16, 2015
Mark Herzlich has gone back to his old Boston College jersey number, No. 94. That number got freed up with the release of Mathias Kiwanuka.— Giants 101 (@Giants_101) March 18, 2015
Can BC just replace the Spring Game with "Beer and Ribs with Steve Addazio Night"? I'd attend the hell out of that— A.J. Black (@BCHysteria) March 16, 2015
Book worlds collide. #Bapst #Burns pic.twitter.com/tDdI17ZWeB— Boston College (@BostonCollege) March 19, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
BC offered another Michigan prospect -- OL Michael Jordan -- but he seems focused on Big Ten powers.
BC continues to pursue California WR Anselem Umeh. No other schools have offered, but he does have interest from Pac 12 schools. BC is making other offers in California too.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Pro Day speaks to past recruiting and current development
The lack of elite NFL talent mostly falls back to Spaz's recruiting. Most of the guys that worked out today developed under Addazio. Outside of Gallik I would think that Asprilla, Betanourt, Keyes, Mihalik, Phillips, Silberman, Vardaro, and White all have a chance to be late round picks or undrafted free agents. None of those guys were dominant players while at BC, but I think Addazio and Co. have done good job the past two years of developing players. I think NFL teams respect what he's done and his assessments of his own players. One of those 24 teams is going to find a contributor from today.
The most interesting case will be Tyler Murphy. He threw as a QB (see the video below) but I have a hard time believing any team will give him a real shot there. He just didn't show enough as a passer for a team to use a draft pick on him. But he also showed he is a great athlete and great open field runner. I think he could be a very good NFL WR or even a 3rd RB.
A video posted by Boston College Athletics (@bcathletics) on
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
BC explains its protest vote
College athletics is headed down a path where things are going to become more professional and more commercial. It is only fair and probably in the best interest of the athletes. BC's leadership is smart. We know they see the big picture, hence the "We clearly wanted people to pause." Who does the "pausing" benefit? The current power brokers (i.e. schools, coaches, admins). It doesn't really benefit the athletes. The oncoming changes are disruptive but inevitable and trying to stop the inevitable is wasted energy.
Instead of trying to maintain the status quo even through protest votes, BC's leadership should decide where they want to be in the new world. It is not an easy decision, but coming up with real answers is more brave and shows more leadership than an "I told you so" vote among college administrators.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Why the Spring Game will always be a problem
Ideally the Spring Game is a capstone to spring practices and a fun day for fans and recruits. For a variety of reasons the BC Spring Game never draws a crowd and never generates much excitement with recruits. For a school like BC it makes sense to have a smaller, more intimate event -- like the open practice -- that allows Addazio to show off his team to the constitutes that matter and not explain away an empty stadium.
As much as I want the Spring Game to become a real event, I don't know if it ever can at BC. We have a few inherent challenges that will always create problems.
-- The University Schedule
BC has an early Spring Break and an extended long weekend at Easter. On some years Easter is quickly followed by Patriots' Day. Those breaks disrupt the flow of practices. Programs are only allowed a certain number of practices. With two long breaks annually (and a third thrown in most years), coaches have to decide to start practice early or late. If you start early the Spring Game is cold. If you start late, you get better weather for the Spring Game but kill practice momentum due to breaks at Easter and Patriots' Day.
-- The Weather
We've had some nice spring game days in the past few years, but the weather remains a crap shoot. BC can never really plan on a great spring day and the fans are always going to wait to see the weather before they turn out in droves.
-- The roster limitations
We are always going to lack an army of walk-ons who fill out spring games across the country. Throw in the inevitable injuries and each spring BC doesn't have enough players to field two 'teams'. That leads to convoluted offense vs defense formats that the fans cannot really understand.
BC is not the first school to cancel their Spring Game. I don't know if this will be permanent. If no one misses it and recruits like the new concept, then I have no problem trading out the Spring Game for an annual open practice. Sometimes new traditions are better than old ones.
BC-centric takeaways from Tourney Teams
Power 5 prevailed
When it came to the bubble, the committee went with bigger schools and traditional powers over the mid majors. That's great news for BC. One season doesn't always set a precedent, but it is good for BC that the benefit of the doubt seems to be shifting to the Power 5 teams.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
UVM upset Hockey and other links
Louisville completed their sweep of baseball on Sunday.
People are already profiling BC's pro prospects. This one took a look at Mihalik. BC's Pro Day is this Wednesday.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Women's Hockey to Frozen Four and other links
Unfortunately the news for the Men's team wasn't as good. After losing Saturday, they will need Game 3 on Sunday to advance in the Hockey East Tournament.
Eric Hoffses wrote a good recap of the first spring scrimmage.
Lacrosse crushed UConn.
The baseball team lost both ends of a double header with Louisville.
Ohio recruit Luke Farrell is scheduled to visit BC.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Hockey wins Game 1!
Game one in the books….EAGLES WIN! See you tomorrow night for game two at Kelley Rink #WeAreBC pic.twitter.com/yZR1snKpIp
— BC Hockey (@BCHockeyNews) March 14, 2015
Tweets of the Week
BC's Bobby Swigert poised for remarkable comeback http://t.co/NsoXoHmgGI— ESPN ACC (@ESPN_ACC) March 12, 2015
4 ACC wins in a row! Ties longest Eagles ACC winning streak in past 5 years #WeAreBC— Preston Murphy (@coach_pmurph) March 11, 2015
Not cool pic.twitter.com/5Ly49fNIvM— Otto The Orange (@OttotheOrange) March 6, 2015
At Boston College our athletes are very well rounded! pic.twitter.com/x9cFxZDvH4— Ben Albert (@coachbenalbert) March 10, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Guessing the dollars of BC's Under Armour extension
Unfortunately for BC, it doesn't seem like our other potential partners in Adidas and Nike were writing blank checks for apparel deals. Under Armour just signed Notre Dame to the largest deal in college sports. It is estimated that the Irish got $100 million for 10 years. Nike even let Miami leave for Adidas for an estimated $4.5 million. If Under Armour didn't break the bank to sign Miami -- a traditionally a higher profile school than BC -- I don't think they were breaking the bank for BC's extension. The most lucrative UA deal right now is with Auburn and that is only a little over $4 million annually. Texas Tech renewed their UA deal recently and terms are not yet public. My guess is that because we renewed and agreed to a long deal, BC is probably getting around $3.5 and have some kickers if we raise our profile in the next ten years with some sort of basketball or football championship.
Now that the deal is done, I hope BC and Under Armour agree to some new looks and guidelines for the uniform. My preference remains a traditional, consistent conservative look for the majority of our games. I don't like tweaks year to year and especially tweaks during the season. Then in the one or two "marketing" games BC can go crazy. Try Super Fan yellow! Go with a winged helmet! I would even accept a full stain glass helmet for one game. Do throw backs from different eras.
BC's revenue from apparel is never going to be among the highest in college football. At this point that doesn't really matter. What matters is getting fair money with upside and having a partner who is focused on BC. This UA renewal does that.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
BC runs out of steam against UNC
With the loss, the season is over. BC finished 13-19, 4-14 ACC and 1-1 in the ACC Tournament. That's disappointing to me based on my preseason expectations, but I am encouraged enough with what I saw to think Christian might be a decent coach. I will have more recaps on the season in the coming weeks.
With specifics to this game, here are a few thoughts:
-- Who is the real Dennis Clifford? For two years we kept hearing that a healthy Dennis Clifford would have been a difference maker. With the player we saw as a freshman, that made sense. He was a legit 7-footer with some good offensive skills. Now I don't know what we have. He showed flashes this season and worked hard on D, but I don't know what he can be. He just got man handled the past two days on the boards. Many times by smaller men. The rebounding was better against UNC, but still not enough.
-- Terrible refs. It wasn't the reason we lost the game, but the ticky tack fouls on Heckmann didn't help. You would hope that there was some consistency in a tournament like this. But things were all over the place.
-- Hanlan starts cold. He got his his points and played well enough, but his shots weren't falling early. That contributed to the halftime deficit.
The ACC Tournament doesn't really mean much when you are 12 seed. But I have hope. I have hope that things will matter soon.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
No rebounds; No Problems!
In-game comments post: ACC Tournament
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Monday, March 09, 2015
TOB: the power broker?
Multiple reports are saying the College Football Playoff committee reached out to Tom O'Brien about joining the committee. The potential opening is still a few seasons off, so it will give TOB plenty of time to plan. I don't like the idea of BC's fate in the hands of a committee, but it would not be a bad thing to have TOB around. He understands BC's challenges better than most. Even if he had to recuse himself during any BC talk, his casual influence would help.
Now let's get the TOB day at Alumni going to so we can start buttering up the committee just in time for our championship run.
Can BC make a run in the ACC Tourney?
Let's get the obvious out of the way: 12 seeds don't win Conference Tournaments. There is too much to overcome and they usually are ranked 12th for a reason. BC's not going to win the ACC Tournament, but...I still believe we can create some problems for the unlucky teams we face.
Winning the first game is key and BC is actually favored against Georgia Tech. We beat the Jackets in a close game earlier this year, so there is no reason to think we won't this time. We've improved and they've gotten worse. They will also be without Marcus Georges-Hunt and Chris Bolden. Their coach Brian Gregory is clearly on the Hot Seat. I don't expect them to come out fired up. I think BC controls from the tip.
After that we would take on North Carolina. Even with their recent struggles, the Tar Heels would be favored in the game. But I think BC could pull off an upset. The teams have similar issues (interior) so it could come down to our guards vs theirs. If Hanlan gets hot and the other guys play halfway decent...it could happen.
The winner of UNC-BC would play Louisville. This is where the double-byes start to impact the tournament. Playing a fresh team would be a major disadvantage. However, the Cards are without Chris Jones, who had 28 in our first game. Is that enough to swing things?
BC has nothing to lose. There is no NIT bid on the line and certainly no NCAA Tournament spot. This is really about playing well, showing pride and building something long-term. We can do it. Who's with me?
Sunday, March 08, 2015
Hanlan makes 1st team ACC and other links
The Women's Hockey team dropped the Hockey East Championship to BU. Aside from losing, the game wasn't that big of a setback. They are the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and take on Clarkson in the opener.
Florida State swept the baseball team over the weekend. BC had its chances. They blew a save Saturday night. Let's hope they rally for next week's series with Louisville.
Men's Hockey picked up a big commitment from goalie prospect Joseph Woll.
Women's Lacrosse beat Notre Dame 16-5. Next up: Louisville.
Steve Donahue is the leading candidate for the opening at Penn.
Saturday, March 07, 2015
Eagles keep rolling
Brad Bates Town Hall comments post
Friday, March 06, 2015
Tweets of the Week
#SOAR RT @Bucks: After the game last night, @JaredDudley619 met with a group of @BostonCollege Alumns pic.twitter.com/4NoDp0xOtF— Mike Gib (@HoyaEagle) March 5, 2015
Thinking of @PeteFrates3 and his family as @BCBirdBall takes on the @RedSox. It will be special to see all wearing #3 on 3/3. – Rob Manfred— MLB (@MLB) March 3, 2015
@dabrams24 Some old school reading for the plane ride back to beantown #bigeast #Bceagles pic.twitter.com/eM2jLTqIbq— Big East Hoops 24/7 (@BigEastTourney) March 3, 2015
We are officially the best worst team in the country.— The Resurrection (@BookofBC) February 28, 2015
Mark Gottfried on Olivier Hanlan: He's as good as any guard in the country, period. He's terrific. He should be in the ACC POY discussion.— Pack Pride (@PackPride) February 28, 2015
Thursday, March 05, 2015
Can Hanlan with ACC Player of the Year?
The lone winner from a losing team -- Virginia Tech's Erick Green in 2013 -- was sort of a fluke. He split the award with Miami's Shane Larkin. The split also came in part because for the first time the coaches and media voted differently.
There are plenty of bigger names competing with Hanlan for the prize. I think it will really come down to how everyone finishes. If Hanlan puts up huge numbers in a BC win over Wake, his heroics will be fresh in voters' mind.
We can't go back and make this season more fun, but seeing our best player get the conference's biggest award would be a nice high note.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Signs the players are buying in
When things turned bad under Spaz, the players were the canaries in the coal mine. You could see their comments on social media and read between the lines on recruiting stories. If the current players are not buying in, it is that much harder for recruits to buy into a coach or potential program. I think the current players believe in BC and in Addazio. The most recent example is Jonathan Hilliman's tweet about potential transfer Matt Hegarty.
I have no idea if Hilliman has any prior relationship with Hegarty. The former Notre Dame player is from New Mexico, so there is no obvious connection. I don't know if Hegarty is interested in BC or if the staff wants him, but it is a great sign that our current players want him. If they are this excited about a transfer, imagine what they are saying to the high school kids that come to campus.
Hilliman is only one guy, but he's one of our best young players. Let's hope other players believe in BC like he does and want great recruits and transfers to join the team.
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
BC lose to Sox in Frates game
Red Sox Frates jerseys
Jerseys for our game against Boston College. In honor of Pete Frates and the fight against ALS. pic.twitter.com/irRXUMeCEt
— Tom McLaughlin (@TMacBrighton) March 3, 2015
Monday, March 02, 2015
Eagles on a roll
-- Batten! His 18 led BC scorers. I loved the way he drove to the basket. Even with missing a dunk he finished 7 for 9 from the floor. His slashing kept VT honest and opened other things on the floor.
-- Good D again. Virginia Tech is bad, but BC's defense made them look worse. 4 blocks and controlling the boards limited shots. The movement on D was smooth too (until the final minute...because BC has to give their fans ulcers).
-- Winning without a bench. In many losses, Christian blamed the bench. In this game he only went eight deep and only got five points from the bench, but it didn't matter. All the starters played well.
The team is coming together. It is a little late to matter, but that shouldn't stop them. Maybe we can make a small run in the ACC Tourney.
What should expectations be for BC Baseball?
At this point in Gambino's tenure, I think the team has to finish close to .500 in ACC play and win enough of the remaining out of conference games left on the schedule to finish above .500 overall. This is his 5th season. He's been around long enough to refresh the full roster once. We improved his staff in the offseason. Yes, there is still no new field, but that is an issue out of his control.
Perhaps I am setting the bar too high. What are you thoughts?
Sunday, March 01, 2015
Hockey is a 3 seed and other links
The Women's Hockey team crushed Providence in the opener of their Hockey East Tournament.
Baseball improved to 4-6 with their win over Kansas.
Women's Lacrosse upset Syracuse, ending a 0-13 streak against the Orange.
Women's Basketball beat Virginia Tech on some last second free throws.
Johnny Gaudreau is excited about the chance to play in front of his hometown crowd.