Thursday, April 30, 2015
Addazio adds another WR recruit
White holds offers from numerous ACC and Big Ten schools. He has decent size. The various recruiting services rank him as a 3 star.
Although this class will be smaller than the last two, I still expect Addazio to load up early and before camps. White is the fifth verbal for the 2016 recruiting class.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
A Boston College blogger on Jameis Winston
One the eve of the NFL Draft there isn't much Boston College news, but the football world remains focused on a player very familiar to BC fans: Jameis Winston. His off the field issues are well known. I cannot speak to his character or his maturity. Both could be issues in his NFL success. But as a football player, I think he's going to be very good in the NFL. In fact, I have a tried and true, never failed*, totally subjective form of evaluation for all NFL prospects. I throw out all the stats. I ignore the combine. I don't even care about most of their college career. Instead I evaluate them on how they played against BC.
As silly as it might seem, I do have faith in my "how'd he play against us" theory. In part because I know our team pretty well, so I know when someone has played them well. Also our defenses have been very reliant on systems (heavy zone in Spaz, heavy pressure with Brown). Because we are one-dimensional and usually decent in that dimension, it puts pressure on the opposing QB to make the plays. If a QB cannot figure out and adjust to our systems, I don't trust them at the next level where everything gets more complex.
Russell Wilson surprised many NFL fans, but most BC fans remember how good he was against us. Michael Vick had one of his best games ever against BC. I became a believer in Colin Kaepernick when we shut down his running and he still did enough in the air to beat us. Can any BC fan think of a recent QB who looked bad against us and then went on to have a top flight NFL career?
Winston's two games against BC were probably two of his biggest tests in college. He famously used the 2013 game as a reminder to his teammates that they could come back to win the National Championship game. Last season's contest wasn't filled with highlights but it ended with Winston leading a winning drive in the final minutes.
In the two games, I saw enough to think Winston will be a good NFL QB. He made good decisions on the field. He made tight throws. He read things well and when things broke down, he made great plays (see the video above). Winston is not perfect, but he's tough to bring down and can make any throw. That alone will get him plenty of chances in the NFL. But his ability to adjust to BC's different pressures leads me to believe he'll be fine in the NFL's faster game.
Could something derail him? Sure. A bad team or more bad choices could sink his career. But if he is the player BC fans saw, he's worth the risk.
*I've never actually selected nor coached a player in the NFL. But who's paying attention to that sort of detail.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Problems with paying players
Scott noted that these numbers were not cooked up by some scheming SEC Football recruiter, but by each university's office of financial aid and collected by the Department of Education. That explains why school that would seemingly be inline with one another (USC and UCLA) or (Auburn and Alabama) are so different.
The good news is that this calculation won't last. Forget the bad math and worse logic behind Knoxville being more costly than Chestnut Hill. The reason this won't last is that the SEC won't allow one school to have a leg up on another. I expect that eventually there will be a flattening of the cost of attendance stipend and all schools will offer the same thing.
When BC voted against the pay players plan, they never mentioned this issue. They were thinking big picture and where the paying players will creep, but they should have included this aspect of the issue in their protest. It might have generated a little more support and slowed the movement down.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Football recruiting speculation and other links
UNC swept Baseball over the weekend. The team gets a chance to bounce back with games against URI and Bryant this week.
CBS thinks Ian Silberman will be an undrafted free agent.
Softball fell to 21-21 after losing two out of three to Louisville.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Kennesaw St. hires Al Skinner
Kennesaw State made all speculation official by hiring Al Skinner as its next basketball coach. Many felt it was a done deal from the start due to the relationship between Skinner and KSU Athletic Director Vaugh Williams. Williams worked at BC (and got his masters at BC) during some of Skinner's best seasons.
There are numerous BC alums in athletic departments around the country who had the chance to hire Skinner since he left the Heights. I am glad that Williams finally did.
As I wrote previously, I think Skinner will do well there. He always had a good eye for talent and there are enough second-tier players here in metro Atlanta to compete. Plus the college game has drastically changed with transfers and 5th years. Skinner and KSU seem well positioned to find those guys looking for a second chance or one last shot.
The local media doesn't care about KSU, so that won't bother Al. The Alumni base is not overly demanding and won't expect him at chicken dinner after chicken dinner. All he needs to do is win and coach basketball. This works. Best of luck to him and I hope he goes out on top.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Croke Park won't host BC-Georgia Tech
There are other potential venues that could still host a game in Ireland, but if currency and government support issues are problems, they are going to be problems in any stadium. ESPN might up payout in hopes of getting a morning game, but I doubt that will be enough. It looks like this will be held in the U.S. after all.
(Thanks to Morrissey for the link.)
Friday, April 24, 2015
Tweets of the Week
"Oh, just SMU? CARRY ON" http://t.co/wfoPa99pcd pic.twitter.com/BSSH9QbHly— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) April 23, 2015
Where once was snow.... (Photo by Maria Ireland '15) pic.twitter.com/lSZDmYMEQf— Boston College (@BostonCollege) April 22, 2015
@DavidCMorrison also Steve Addazio just said it and I feel like he has a special disdain for passing #throwgame #ifihaveto— Lauren Brownlow (@lebrownlow) April 22, 2015
If Al Skinner to KSU happens, you can't be upset. Great hire taking a former Big East/ACC coach to A-Sun— Kyle Sandy (@KyleSandy355) April 23, 2015
Transcribing an interview with a coach and realizing they all should send a thank-you note to Cardale Jones for giving backup QBs hope.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) April 16, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
What is Kennesaw State and why would Al Skinner go there?
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Baseball wins Beanpot
Eagles WIN! The Beanpot is coming back to as The Heights!! pic.twitter.com/9DqnZx1W65
— BC Baseball (@BCBirdBall) April 23, 2015
Baseball won the school's 11th Baseball Beanpot Wednesday night beating UMass in the Final. This is the team's sixth win in a row and improves the overall record to 22-18.
Next up is a three-game series against UNC in Chapel Hill. Let's hope the current momentum keeps up.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Get Addazio on TV more
Getting on TV is not really about Addazio improving on camera. It remains a good tool to sell the program to recruits and fans. I doubt that ESPN has anything as big as Draft Academy coming up, but Addazio doesn't need that. For this offseason it just about using ESPN to keep momentum going.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Why the "Drop Baseball" debate can't be settled by one series or one season
The challenges with baseball
Some of BC baseball issues are fixable. Some are not.
The lack of depth among local recruits is probably overstated. You can deliver a consistent winner with players from the northeast.
Any coaching issue is fixable. I am not sold on Gambino being the long-term solution. But the uncertainty over BC's baseball future indirectly led to him getting more time. Hats off if he uses the time to prove he's an ACC-caliber coach. But BC is not a deadend job (see Aoki, see Hughes). If Gambino cannot sustain success, other qualified coaches will gladly take the job if there is a program.
You cannot change the New England weather. It will always make early season games a huge scheduling challenge. It will also make recruiting players from warmer regions a challenge. But BC can address this challenge with a permanent baseball facility that minimizes the impact of many of the weather issues (snow removal, drainage, synthetic fields, etc.).
Playing in a deep baseball conference is a challenge that BC cannot change. But the silver lining of ACC Baseball is that if BC competes in this conference, we can compete with any team in the country.
While many of the obstacles related to the baseball field are due to local objections, BC's support for the program is still critical. Not only are funds needed for the permanent field, but paying the players remains a looming budget issue. Football and Basketball are the sports most associated with paying athletes, but baseball will be part of the second wave (if it is not part of the first).
Lacrosse vs Baseball
Despite the ongoing debate over which is more viable at BC, the more likely outcome is neither as a varsity sport. If BC ever kills baseball over competitive and or financial reasons, I don't see them making Men's Lacrosse a funded, varsity sport.
But I don't think even the most diehard BC Baseball fan would argue that a well-funded BC Lacrosse team would be more likely to have national success than BC Baseball.
What does BC want out of Sports
Even with our grandstanding votes against paying athletes, I don't think BC will walk away from college sports. Football and, to a lessor extent basketball, are too valuable as marketing tools. The women's sports are safe as long as Title IX is law. Hockey is safe. So then it comes down to the non-revenue men's sports. Baseball is not untouchable. Bates and Father Leahy will have to decide what is important and what sports best promote and fulfill the school's mission. One hot streak in April is not going to answer that question.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Baseball sweeps GT and other links
The Notre Dame game at Fenway will kick off at 7:30. With the weather and home aspect of the game, I think that helps BC.
Lacrosse improved to 14-2 with their win over UNH.
A Patriots blogger broke down Andy Gallik as a prospect and potential draft pick for New England.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Baseball beats Georgia Tech on ALS Day
Friday, April 17, 2015
Tweets of the Week
Proud to see alumnus Patrick Downes at #BCStrong last night, and with fellow survivor Jeff Bauman at Fenway today. https://t.co/s3lHnkk2bj— Boston College (@BostonCollege) April 15, 2015
Forget Drake-themed letters. An Addazio plushie or a glitter-bomb envelope will land recruits. http://t.co/n2RhTnULV5 pic.twitter.com/LVVEJSyRqI— Michael Sullivan (@SullyHeights) April 14, 2015
College football offseason before and after pic.twitter.com/PV02gZVNMZ— cuppycup (@cuppycup) April 16, 2015
.@PeteFrates3 is a @RedSox ! Eagles fans rejoice! Crying tears of joy at the office at right. No words. #WeAreBC— Stephanie St. Martin (@StephStMartin) April 13, 2015
Handwritten letter of thanks for Jesuit scholarship from @JordanSpieth in 2009 in which he reveals @TheMasters dream. pic.twitter.com/95dU7soxda— Barry Horn (@bhorn55) April 14, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Ireland update? and other links
An EO poster dug up this link to a recent BC tax filing. Page 46 lists Addazio's total comp as $2.5M.
Eric Hoffses reported that Basketball brought in a preferred walk-on. Now we just need some impact players.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Magarity gone too
Athlon's ACC experts don't think much of the BC job
Is it easier to win at some schools than others? Absolutely. However, when ranking jobs, fit is too often overlooked. Take TOB as an example. He left BC for NC State (ranked 8th). Is NC State a better job? Maybe on paper. Maybe the budgets are a little higher and the admissions a little more friendly. But TOB could never make it work there. He wasn't the right fit. BC in general has done a good job finding guys who can work within our culture and thrive within our region. We will never be Florida State, so it doesn't make sense to try to be Florida State. If the experts slight the job at BC or view it as too difficult, does it really matter? There will always be coaches who can win at BC. We just need to find them.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Why Christian needs transfers
As with football, transfers allow BC to add depth that is older and physically more mature. While the long-term upside is limited with transfers, it buys Christian time without bottoming out. Plus, transfers ease roster balance. BC Basketball is in a bad cycle of megaclasses. If a megaclass doesn't pan out, you are stuck with four years of underachievement. Megaclasses are also a challenge with player development (spreading minutes) and recruiting cycles.
Ideally BC would have three impact recruits coming in every year to provide the right mix of new energy, but plenty of depth and stability.
Christian used transfers well last year on relatively short notice. This season had more planning, so I expect one or two of these guys to end up at BC. Position is not critical (although a defensive big man and a true point guard would be nice). What is critical is getting experience to this young roster.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Sox sign Frates
Hanlan declares for NBA Draft
As for BC, without Hanlan, this team will be in bottom of the conference again. Christian will get some leeway, but this puts that much more pressure to land one final elite recruit in this class and snag a competent transfer.
I will have more on Hanlan's prospects and what Jim Christian's needs in the follow up to Draft Day and Signing Day.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Addazio working the next generation of recruits and fans
A huge part of college football is sales. You have to be out selling your program to recruits, the media and fans. For many years, BC lacked a real face of the program, salesman. Our coaches either weren't good at it, weren't particularly comfortable doing it or just didn't deem it worthy of their time. Addazio is different. We know he'll gladly talk to a reporter or attend a Wall Street dinner. His passion for recruiting is well known. But what takes it all to another level is his willingness to go talk to suburban Catholic elementary schools.
I know it is only one appearance, but can you think of any other BC coach doing that? How many Boston sports figures of his prominence are doing small appearances like that? I am not aware of a specific connection to St. Joseph's. Maybe the invite from a Catholic school with a speaker's series was all it took. Regardless, I am glad he did it and represents BC well. A few of those kids will be BC students one day and hopefully all of them will be BC fans.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
BC announces ND-Fenway ticket policy; fan grumbling follows
Friday, April 10, 2015
Tweets of the Week
Aspiring eagle. (Photo by Daniele de Groot '17) pic.twitter.com/d1C0ehz4tz— Boston College (@BostonCollege) April 7, 2015
All entrances to the TD Garden will have a station allowing any BC fan rooting for the Terriers to return their diploma prior to entry.— Grant Salzano (@Salzano14) April 9, 2015
Only in this house do people ask "what the heck is wrong w BC Hockey?" Before they say happy Easter— BC Hockey Blog (@bchockeyblog1) April 5, 2015
#flatBaldwin making Easter eggs 😉 @BostonCollege @BCSportsNews @BCEaglesUnited pic.twitter.com/aqpPYulNS9— Samantha Brooke (@sammiejohnson_) April 5, 2015
Here's a map of which team everyone is cheering for in the NCAA championship game pic.twitter.com/8AqCB1R87A— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) April 5, 2015
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Recruiting tactic goes viral and other links
BC is one of many schools after Florida WR Ben Skowronek.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Christian focuses on Shawntrez Davis
There are two aspects of this process that I found encouraging. First that we are in on a player like this. (Davis has numerous high profile offers.) Second, I am glad to see the staff be this opportunistic. One of the reasons Davis is available is due to coaching changes at other programs and the natural musical chairs aspect of recruiting. Now they just have to close on him.
247 predicts Davis will be an Eagle, so expect a decision quickly following his visit.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Please tell me the ACC isn't championing a terrible idea
“I think there's some belief that ACC would play three divisions, have two highest ranked play in postseason,” said Bob Bowlsby, chairman of the new NCAA Football Oversight Committee. “Really, nobody cares how you determine your champion. It should be a conference-level decision.
“But because the ACC has persisted in saying, ‘We're not sure what we'll do,' there's probably a little bit of a shadow over it. In the end, I don't think it'll be able to hold it up. We'll probably have it in place for ‘16.”
The ACC keeps saying they have no official plans to change their own format, but want future flexibility if they do want to change. The idea of a three team conference where one of the conference winners is NOT guaranteed a spot in the conference championship gamer is a terrible idea. The whole point of a division is to group teams together and let one team win the division by playing their other division foes. Then the two division winners play each other to determine a true champion. It is fair. It is objective. It is a proven model. Now, adding a subjective layer to the process takes the worst aspects of college football and forces it on the 14 teams in the ACC. Who do you think is going to get selected for the championship if two divisions are won by traditional powers and a third is not? ACC teams like BC are going to be left out.
I am not opposed to the ACC tweaking its format. If they want to revamp divisions or scrap the divisions all together, I have no problem with that. However, I think there should be clear and fair methods to get into the championship game. If there are no divisions and they select the two teams with the best record, BC fans should live with that. But anything that involves a committee is going to end badly for BC.
Monday, April 06, 2015
Keyes meeting NFL teams and other links
Ohio Tight End Luke Farrell is set to visit BC Tuesday.
After losing two, the Baseball team managed to win a game at Wake on Sunday.
Sunday, April 05, 2015
Hanlan's Draft Deadlines approaching
It doesn't appear that Hanlan is going to "test the waters." BC's season ended weeks ago. If he wanted to find out what NBA teams thought of him, he would have entered his name by now, so that he still had the freedom "take his name out" this week. I expect the April 10 deadline to pass without issue.
The April 11-29 window still remains an opportunity for Hanlan, Christian and BC fans. If Olivier wants to go regardless of what scouts think, he still has three more weeks. I have no inside information, but the lack of rumors and scouting reports still listing him as a late second rounder lead me to believe Hanlan is coming back. At this point, it makes the most sense for him. Hanlan will be an old draftee if he waits one more year, but he can keep improving his game and reputation. He also has a decent shot at ACC Player of the Year. That one award wouldn't assure him of being drafted, but it would maximize his profile.
Regardless of his final year in college, Hanlan's professional path seems destined for overseas basketball. Let's hope the upside of a final college season and the outside chance of the NBA keeps him around the Heights one more year.
Saturday, April 04, 2015
Baseball drops first two to Wake
Friday, April 03, 2015
Tweets of the Week
@bcinterruption Can any of you kick field goals?— Kristjan Zakelj (@Smetisce) April 2, 2015
Big date in #BChistory: April 1, 1863 - Boston College charter approved by Commonwealth of Massachusetts. pic.twitter.com/Bt0YshzNWF— Boston College (@BostonCollege) April 1, 2015
Kraft: "I'm insanely wealthy, I don't have to remember anything. It's not in the job description." [it really isn't]— SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) March 31, 2015
@BCHockeyNews JY is transitioning from coach to forward? Addazio then assumes both FB & MIH coaching roles, making BC Dude Central?— Matt Nash (@hsanttam) March 30, 2015
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Gleaning Draft stuff from NFL.com
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Whose collective wisdom on Addazio is right?
47. Steve Addazio, Boston College: You have to admire Addazio's "dude" qualities, but Eagles fans would like to see an improvement on his 14-12 start in Chestnut Hill.
CBS left their criteria wide-open, so their rankings are subjective among their writers. Who knows why they put Addazio where they did? We don't know which writers ranked him high or ignored him altogether. What we do know is that all their voters are deep into college football coverage, and as a group they don't think much of Addazio. In fact, whoever wrote the summary inferred that most BC fans are frustrated. I would say it is the opposite. I think Addazio has exceeded fan expectations in both seasons.
But is our bias as BC fans any more irresponsible than CBS's? Most BC fans think the Dude is great and will take us higher. But we could be wrong? Maybe Addazio is just a 7-5 coach and those other Power 5 guys are better.
In Addazio's case, I think BC fans are correct. Even the most plugged-in CBS expert isn't watching every BC game. The media also doesn't realize the extent of Addazio's rebuild.
These rankings ultimately don't mean much. However, it does give us a little idea of what the outside world thinks of BC's coach. Hopefully our insight and expectations are right and theirs are wrong.