Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Unhappy Oklahoma is good for the ACC
As long as there is just a four-team playoff and five major conferences, there will be plenty of selection controversy. Four major conferences with four auto-bids would make more sense. And if you take the next step, four-auto bids as part of a eight team playoff would work well. Some form of consolidation will come. It the Big XII is the weakest conference, then that means the ACC is safe. Plus the ACC's flexibility with Notre Dame is a clear signal to Texas or any other unhappy Big XII team, that we are the best destination for their athletic programs.
BC is never going to drive the conference shuffles, but we can influence things. I hope Brad Bates is working the back channels in the conference and the Big XII in a way that makes the ACC and BC stronger.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Thoughts on the out of conference Basketball schedule
I don't begrudge the soft scheduling this year. It is the same philosophy we are using in football. The belief is the easier wins now will lead to better wins in a few years. It's the opposite strategy of Steve Donahue's Death March meant to impress Selection Committees. The idea is that the team learns to win before taking on ACC teams. I think it might work. I also don't think we are heading to any tournament this year, so the team's resume is a non-issue. I also don't think scheduling a bunch of heavyweights would generate much interest. Or at least as much interest as winning should.
My only real gripe is not scheduling more local teams. Why not schedule a BU or Holy Cross in place of Delaware or St. Francis? Even though they are not basketball rivals, teams like those do carry some tradition. A little juice and energy into a non-conference game is better than nothing.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Gray verbals and other links
Three Eagles were selected in the weekend's NHL Draft.
Hanlan is ready for the NBA's Summer League.
All the various NFL analytics reinforce how well Matt Ryan is playing.
Congrats to BC guy Bob Ryan on his Red Smith Award.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Buffalo on the 2016 schedule
Friday, June 26, 2015
We know about Wade, but who will catch his passes?
We could group Swigert with Jackson as an unknown after injury but when he has been healthy, he's been very good. Even if he doesn't have his previous speed, I still trust him to get open and make plays. I think Callinan can get some of the passes that went to Bordner last year. Dudeck always proves useful and has good hands, so I expect him to be good for a catch a game.
Alston and Outlow will be big parts of the passing attack. That is easy to predict. They are both proven. They both have huge upside and can make plays. And both will be on the field a lot. In most situations they will be easy passes for Wade to complete. If anyone has a big jump in production, it will be these guys.
Dixon, Smith and
If there is one newcomer who might make an immediate impact, it could be Nolan Borgersen. He's got size, speed and a head start on the offense.
Even with a new QB and new OC, I don't expect us to turn into a Mike Leach offense. But we will throw it more. Let's just hope these guys can catch.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Jazz draft Hanlan
It probably wasn't as high as he dreamed of going, but Olivier Hanlan's decision to declare for the NBA Draft paid off as the Utah Jazz selected him with the 41st pick overall. As a second round pick, Hanlan won't get a guaranteed contract, but he should get a fair shot. The Jazz have done a good job over the years of developing their own picks and giving them playing time.
Throughout the night the experts talked up Hanlan's ability and Jay Bilas even felt Olivier should have gone higher. This wasn't a storybook ending, but he is now a professional. Congrats and good luck.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Answering email: names on uniforms
Question for ya -- do you think that player names should go back on the football jerseys? I believe that Spaz took them off, and Addazio has just kept the status quo.
I really wish they would put the player names back on. Makes it a lot easier to follow the team during the game and get excited about individual players. Not easy to remember all the numbers out there. I also think that the players and maybe even families might feel more proud with their family name on the uniform.
Wondering if there's any sort of movement or vocal group that feels the same way?
I would welcome a return of names on the back of the jerseys. Let’s be practical about the whole thing. It is not like we are preserving some history or tradition. The names have been coming on and off BC jerseys for five decades now. Sometimes we have them on the road but not home. Some coaches have mixed it up (TOB had it both ways). Even if you use the names (or lack thereof) as a motivational tool and a form of team unity, does that really make a difference?
Addazio is a big believer in motivational tools, so I don’t expect any change in the policy any time soon. Maybe if he hears enough negative feedback from recruits, he might change things.
The other factor that might help get names back is Under Armour. They are always looking to tweak the look and jerseys so adding the names back could be an upcoming recommendation. At least we no longer have the italics numbers, which made identifying players strictly by number very confusing.
My prediction is that names will return to home jerseys within two years. Addazio or Under Armour will make the change for sake of change.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
New Texas recruit and other links
The Herald featured Noah Hanifan in their run up to the NHL Draft.
Mikaela Rix, Tess Chandler and Caroline Margolis all earned spots on the ACC's All Academic Lacrosse team.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Carter is coming
The recruiting guys gave Scott Spinelli most of the credit for landing Carter. Christian also deserves credit for again being opportunistic. Ideally BC would have their pick of elite recruits. But picking up quality guys late in the process due to coaching changes or other team's musical chairs is not a bad plan. What others might view as scrambling, I view as upgrading talent.
Welcome to BC, Eli. It will only be one year. Let's hope it is a good one.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Bill Connelly's Boston College preview
Bill's expectations are relatively low and thinks Addazio earned a mulligan for whatever happens this year.
Maybe they'll have more surprises in store, but even if they don't, this year's a mulligan. He's surprised twice, so if BC regresses, it's a freebie, not only because of the past but because of the future.
I think Addazio earned a lot of goodwill, but I am still not convinced this year will be or should be a full bottoming out. There is enough talent and Addazio has been in place long enough that we should compete in every game.
Frates on SC Featured
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Watch Anthony Brown again and again and again and again
In the pocket with Boston College QB commit Anthony Brown https://t.co/obrjyUK8G3— Woody Wommack (@RivalsWoody) June 20, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Tweets of the Week
"Go be relaxed somewhere else. ... There’s no relaxing here." -@BCCoachAddazio http://t.co/zijqzNqB9X http://t.co/U7JzbSpu68— BC Athletics (@BCSportsNews) June 18, 2015
Day 1 of camp in the books! Beautiful sunset over @BostonCollege to end the day. #WeAreBC pic.twitter.com/bQ4EnW7WxS— Justin Frye (@CoachJFrye) June 18, 2015
Being dudes with @notthefakeSVP on the @espn tour. #morethanjustajock #WeAreBC #BCFootball pic.twitter.com/2w7Csd5aHq— BC Football News (@BCFootballNews) June 16, 2015
800 yrs ago #OnThisDay 1215 King John of England signed the #MagnaCarta - depicted in this Bapst Library window. pic.twitter.com/6nv9bJrJy5— Boston College (@BostonCollege) June 15, 2015
Sanity prevails. https://t.co/px68U1ZcDx— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) June 17, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Christian gets his big man
The only downside to this scholarship is that BC is once again imbalanced with regards to talent. We have another mega-class that puts BC in the cycle of losing, hoping the guys get better and then rebuilding every four years. It will be up to Christian to add some balance in the next two recruiting cycles.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Steelers giving Murphy shot at QB and other links
As expected Chris Shaw signed with the Giants and will forego his remaining eligibility. Best of luck to him and hopefully we will see him in the majors soon.
Ethan Tucky sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Recruiting comings and goings
One of New Jersey's top players just visited and BC remains in good shape for his services.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Christian hires Stan Heath as final assistant.
There are of course questions related to the Heath hire. Can he recruit to a school like BC with tougher admission standards? Can he recruit New England? Does he have the young energy that enabled Murphy to relate to recruits?
As much as the Murphy departure worried me, this sort of move calms my nerves a bit. Sometimes personalities just don't mix. If Murphy and Christian weren't on the same page, it is better to address it early than late. I assume that Heath and Christian will work well together. The roles are reversed, but they had success once before. Even if Heath is not as effective as Murphy on the recruiting trail, a united staff is ultimately what Christian needs. There will be bumps ahead and by adding Heath he gets a trusted sounding board, who will hopefully lead BC back to success.
Father's Day recommendation
I've read "My Daddy Loves Boston College Football" approximately 3,918,547 times. Like all good kids books, it never gets older for the parent or child. With Father's Day just around the corner, I highly recommend getting it for any dad who loves BC and has young children. It's available on Amazon and was written by fellow Eagles.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Big recruiting win for BC
Although he didn't hold an Ohio State offer, there was interest and he's in the heart of Buckeye country. Getting a recruit like this -- with Big Ten offers -- is encouraging since we've somewhat shifted resources from the Midwest to other areas.
Being one of the younger guys on the staff, Al Washington is expected to be a key recruiter, but he's really having a strong season. If this keeps up, we are going to have to worry about other programs coming to poach him.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Maryland pushing for alcohol sales; when should BC try?
The limited and restrictive nature of tailgating at BC games is a common complaint. The school also dislikes the late arriving crowd. Would serving beers and wine in Alumni make people happy and get fans to their seats on time? What sort of revenue boost would it provide? BC probably has some preliminary data from the UMass game at Gillette last season.
The local neighborhoods might object to giving BC a liquor license, but any reduction in tailgating might sway the approval boards. We've tried all sorts of other measures. Why not this?
Friday, June 12, 2015
Tweets of the Week
A couple new Eagles ready for BC freshman orientation! #ClassOf2019 #WeAreBC @ajturnerr11 @MattMilon pic.twitter.com/Lsz3dNmly2— Jim Christian (@BCJimChristian) June 7, 2015
June 11, 2015
.@BostonCollege's own @DougFlutie with the shout out in the NYT crossword today! #EaglesAreEverywhere pic.twitter.com/iG2pXHoCJd— Sarah Ganton (@sarah_ganton) June 10, 2015
@JasonKirkSBN @bcatleagle this is horrible pic.twitter.com/LL9ZOY6dtH— Kyle Egan (@kylepegan) June 9, 2015
I love all the passive-aggressive swipes BC fans take at UConn. For example, the comments: http://t.co/jmSNJ7pEMz— Russell Steinberg (@Russ_Steinberg) June 9, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
More verbals for Addazio
Earlier in the week, New York DT prospect Adam Korutz verballed. He's a big kid who is expected to get bigger. Yet he moves well for his size. If Richardson plays in a deep talent pool, Korutz plays in a shallow pool. He dominates his local, upstate New York peers, so BC will be a step up for him. However, our staff has traditionally done a good job of evaluating guys who can make the jump in competition.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Scheduling is not simple
This is what we know. There are very few Power 5 teams not locked into deals for the next few years. (BC's schedule is still impacted by the ACC expansion to include Notre Dame and Syracuse and the ACC's flip-flop on nine conference games.) We are imposing restrictions on our schedule by the desire to have 6+ home games and Addazio not wanting to overburden his program. We also don't want to take 2 for 1 series (like UMass did with Miss St.). What's left? Not much. Unless ESPN steps in and creates a TV-friendly matchup, I think BC has two options for 2016. We either go on the road and only play five games at Alumni or we host a second FCS opponent.
Of those two options, I would prefer the road game. But I don't know if Addazio and Bates agree. 2016 is a critical year. It will be Addazio's fourth in the program. Expectations will be relatively high...or at least high enough to prove that Addazio can build a program. An easy win against a cupcake at home will help perception more than a close loss on the road.
I hope lucks into a great home game, but this is musical chairs. There aren't that many options, so Bates and Addazio will have to make a decision soon.
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
San Francisco Giants take Shaw
Monday, June 08, 2015
Blackmon took part in a local showcase here in Atlanta and was one of the top performers. However, in the write up there was no mention of Boston College. Also, most of the recruiting services have has interest in BC waning. What happened? I don't think we will ever know. Given what we are reading, I doubt he will come to BC. First of all we know that Addazio doesn't like kids committing and then flaking. Second, there must be more to Blackmon's story. He is performing very well against SEC-level recruits in SEC and ACC country and his best offers are from outside the region. It doesn't add up.
Sunday, June 07, 2015
Let Addazio barnstorm
As much as I would like to think a BC camp in Sturbridge would be as fruitful as Michigan's in Dallas, the satellites with geographic restrictions are useless to BC. We have a good feel for all the talent near campus. I would guess that most ACC and SEC schools feel the same way. The benefit of the barnstorming camps is that you reach beyond your local pool. Coaches meet kids that they will never get to visit campus and get to see them athletically in drills run by BC coaches.
The Big Ten powers are doing this to steal top talent from the SEC. Even if we created camps everywhere, BC won't suddenly bring in five stars from the Deep South. However, this could make us a factor in that tier of recruits just below the elite. Plus camps are a way to unearth a hidden gem far from New England.
Unlike many of the big state schools, we already have a natural footprint to host the camps. We could approach Jesuit schools in Southern California, Cincinnati, Dallas and Tampa and invited prospects from the region. It's a win-win for the schools, the recruits and BC. The only group hurt are the local programs.
The ACC coaches will address the issue soon. My prediction is that they will first see if they can create an NCAA rule to limit the Big Ten schools. Hopefully that fails and instead they open up the restrictions. When they do, I will volunteer to host the first BC camp in my backyard.
Saturday, June 06, 2015
Ray Marten verbals to BC
Considering Dalton's decommitment earlier this spring BC can use him as a Tight End. Most services also list him as a defensive player. Getting a player who gives Addazio some options is nice at this point in the recruiting cycle. BC can still pursue more TEs or Dline prospects and shift Marten accordingly.
Welcome aboard, Ray.
Friday, June 05, 2015
Tweets of the Week
"It should be really special. The ACC is really behind us playing these games." -Addazio #BC2Ireland— BC Football News (@BCFootballNews) June 4, 2015
#TBT 1988, last time @BCFootballNews played in Ireland beating Army. #WeAreBC #BC2Ireland #GameOnIre pic.twitter.com/Ztftu3OYUG— BC Football Video (@BCFootballVideo) June 4, 2015
Great to have @AnthonyCastonzo in the facility today! Represents BC and #OLineU at its best! #WeAreBC pic.twitter.com/Jv48WvGjWU— Justin Frye (@CoachJFrye) May 29, 2015
I told my dad next year we playing Georgia Tech in Ireland he goes oh Georgia Tech is in Ireland? 😂😂😂— Isaac Yiadom Jr (@isaacshowtime) June 4, 2015
Pumped about #BC2Ireland but keep in mind we have a whole year of work to put in before then and to be focused on the present first! 💯— 5⃣8⃣ (@jhendren58) June 4, 2015
Thursday, June 04, 2015
Dazzy Boy: why are we really playing in Ireland
This is about Irish tourism, not BC's connection to Ireland
BC and Boston do have true ties to Ireland. Probably more than any other American school. But that is not why we are playing this game. BC was the first team to play in Ireland (1988) yet we haven't been back since. If these matchups were purely about Irish ties, do you think Pitt, Rutgers, Penn State, Navy and Central Florida would have played since our last game? This is a TV event that will serve as a 3 hour commercial for Ireland. Aer Lingus is the title sponsor. The game only came together because of the Irish government and Irish tourism ministry. Every commercial break will feature bumper shots of Dublin or the country side. Even now, just by reading this post, you are probably going to be served Irish ads on different website. The fact that BC fans have a connection and affinity to Ireland is just gravy for the Irish. Believe me, if Alabama was willing to give up a home date and travel across the Atlantic for a game, they would be there now. Irish ties or not. Heck, BYU will probably get a shot at this game in the near future.
Not many BC fans will travel to this game
I don't know what BC expects, but I predict less than 3,000 BC fans travel to this game. While there was plenty of excitement on social media Thursday morning, I think the realities of the game will limit those who actually go. Think of our turnout at other sporting events in the past ten years, that were easier to get to and less expensive. The once in a lifetime opportunity and the long sales time will help efforts, but for many of our fans time and money will always be an issue. The older, emptynesters of Irish decent will go. They should. Those same people make up the key demographic for Irish tourism. But your younger fan, who is a BC diehard is less likely. I hope that BC grads in Ireland, the UK and Europe turnout, but overall, this will be a neutral crowd that might cheer us on because we're Catholic.
This is a TV event
I already explained it is a big commercial for Ireland, but it is also key TV content for ESPN. It could start at a later and provide a better viewing time for BC and Georgia Tech fans across the country. But ESPN doesn't really care about BC or Georgia Tech fans. They care about college football fans and a 7:30 am ET kickoff time gives them wall-to-wall coverage on the first Saturday of a college football season. The fact that it comes with a natural title sponsor to buy up that commercial time is even better.
This is about recruiting
BC is giving up a home game for this. That is one less chance to host recruits. But they are also getting something to sell and promote. They can use it on the current recruiting class: "come to BC and you will get a trip to Europe!" and something that we can sell to future recruits. Follow any of the twitter feeds of the BC assistant. They are selling Wall Street connections and BC guys in the pros. This will be just another tool to differentiate ourselves. "At BC you'll play on an international stage!" The players that go will enjoy the trip and hopefully get what they can out of the experience of visiting a new country. As long as they come back selling future recruits on all the cool things that go on at BC, the trip will be a success.
If you are excited about going, start supporting BC and the team now
Almost by definition, if you're reading this blog in the offseason you are a BC diehard. And like me you probably know plenty of semi-casual BC fans who watch one game a year and still think Spaz is the coach. Of course many of these same people were quick to post "road trip" on Facebook the minute the Irish announced the game. I hope they go and we need all the support we can get. But if you are thinking of going remember the team will play 12 games this year and could use your support throughout. Watch a non-Notre Dame game. Learn a few players' names. Also, I know plenty of people who think nothing of shelling out $3,000+ for this trip but don't give to BC annually. I don't like telling people what to do with their money, but BC would appreciate even just a nominal donation. It all makes a difference and supports BC in ways that going to Ireland cannot.
Now that I've poked a few holes in the motivations for this game, let me restate how excited I am for the game. I doubt I will go, but love the idea and love any game that has a unique angle. Now I just need to learn "WE ARE BC" in Gaelic.
It's official: BC to Ireland
I will post more after the press conference.
The #BCEagles and @bcfootballnews are headed to Ireland! #BC2Ireland pic.twitter.com/IkIcNXEBMC— BC Athletics (@BCSportsNews) June 4, 2015
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
ESPN confirms Ireland game
Ireland Update: BC holding "schedule" press conference Thursday
Report: BC vs GT Ireland game back on
Getting to this game has been messy, so we shouldn't be that surprised. If it is another false alarm, time might be running out on the trip. 2016 is not that far off from a logistical standpoint. Both BC and Georgia Tech would have to do some unique planning with regards to practices, travel and logistics. If this game is going to happen, we will know soon.
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
I like laughing at UConn too...but we should still play them
Like the UMass game, the UConn game makes too much sense not to play. It is a relatively inexpensive game -- either as a road or home game. It will be winnable in most years. While it won't generate massive interest, there will be more local excitement than our varied games against mid-majors from the MAC.
I don't think BC should or even could make UConn an annual game. With the looming Power 5 mandate for at least one non-conference game and the annual FCS game, there isn't much room for another annual opponent. But over a ten year period BC should play UConn around four times.
Father Leahy is the last player from the lawsuits still in a power position at BC. As long as he's part of BC's leadership, playing UConn is probably a non-starter. Since Connecticut named him in one of the lawsuits, I don't blame him for wanting to avoid the Huskies. Yet once he retires or steps down from BC, it will be time to consider a series again. It will be good for BC, good for football in the region, and be fun to pound them again.
Monday, June 01, 2015
Phil Steele's ACC team and other links
Future BC QB Anthony Brown made a big impression at the Nike Camp in Ohio.
Being a former QB is helping Tyler Murphy's adjustment in Pittsburgh.