Monday, April 30, 2018
Both the Sporting News and The Big Lead predict that Allen will be a first round pick next year. Last year at this time most had Landry as a first rounder, so this speculation does not guarantee anything. But if Allen has a good year, his size and flexibility should make him an ideal NFL player.
The results are clear. NFL teams like and trust what is going on with BC's DBs. The two just drafted are part of a trend that won't end next year. Denis -- who had a strong year -- will only be more popular next year (assuming he doesn't get hurt). His pass coverage skills will also be better than most safeties.
I don't know which line prospects the NFL will prefer, but I do believe that at least one guy among Monteiro, Lindstrom, and Baker will be selected. If they all stay healthy and improve, maybe all will be drafted.
The other guys
BC hasn't had a WR drafted more than 30 years, so the odds are not good for Jeff Smith. But his speed and ability to do other things, will get him some looks. He needs a big senior year. Because of all the attention on Allen, plenty of people will also see Wyatt Ray on film. If he is good, someone will give him shot. As a Tight End, Sweeney won't be a priority for many teams, but a strong final season could get him more than just a chance as an undrafted free agent.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
While not winning the ACC is disappointing, the main goal still exists -- an NCAA Championship. They've proven throughout the year that they are a championship caliber team. Now they just need to prove it.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
This leaves an enormous hole for Jim Christian. We know he is actively working the transfer market, but there is no one out there close to Robinson's talent. We know there is some promising freshmen coming in, but they will have some growing pains. Then there is Ky Bowman. As it stands now, Bowman can still come back to BC. And with Robinson gone, this team will be his and he will have a chance to lead the ACC in scoring. However, maybe he will follow Robinson out the door. If Bowman leaves too, then Christian is nearly back to square one and has to prove that he has built something worth keeping.
Congrats to Kamrin and good luck as a pro.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Congrats to Harold and now it is his time to shine. No one cares where you were taken once the whistle blows. As I said yesterday, hopefully Landry will use this slide as motivation to a great career. Good luck to him.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
How did this happen to a guy who at one point was listed as the best DE in the Draft? Obviously not playing most of 2017 raised a lot of red flags. As good as he was in 2016, teams don't know exactly what they are getting. With the first round, teams want sure things.
There was also some bad luck, where the teams that were supposedly interested went in another direction. The Lions went OLine, the Patriots went OL and RB, the Falcons grabbed a WR, the Dolphins went DB, and the 49ers went OL. None of the teams that "liked him" picked another DT or DE over him.
Mel Kiper has Landry as one of his best available still on the board. I don't think the wait will be long in the Second Round. I hope Landry has some patience and uses the snub as motivation.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
What frustrates me is that even with the improvement this year, Christian has yet to prove that he has built anything sustainable. We don't know if this year was a fluke. We don't know how good they will be without Robinson (and potentially Bowman). So BC is spending money on a losing coach with the hope that he can win consistently. While the recruiting has been better, results on the court matter more.
My hope is that BC didn't penalize itself with aspects of the extension. Because other than recruiting, there is no need to spend more money on Christian until we know where the program is headed.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The bad news is that most still see Robinson as a first rounder and Bowman as a likely second. If those ratings hold coming out of the Combine, I believe Robinson will hire an agent and Bowman will return.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018
More than 5,000 people showed up to watch BC take on Florida State at Fenway as part of the annual ALS Awareness Game. It was the event's largest crowd. Unfortunately the team didn't send the fans and Frates home with a win, falling to Florida State 13-7. With the loss, BC falls to 5-15 in ACC play.
But the bright spot of the day is what this does to help Frates and continue to keep his fight against ALS in the public eye. It has been four years since the Ice Bucket Challenge and Pete's and his family's work and fight continue to amaze.
Friday, April 20, 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018
BC enters next week's ACC Tournament as the top seed. Let's keep it going.
😨😨😨— NCAA Lacrosse (@NCAALAX) April 20, 2018
Sam Apuzzo scored the game-winner with just 1.7 seconds left to lift @BCwlax to a perfect 17-0 regular season. #NCAAWLAX #SCTop10pic.twitter.com/VfjiskGIT8
(Despite the Women's success, don't expect a scholarship DI Men's program any time soon.)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Williams seems like the type of guy that has and will continue to thrive at BC. Respectable offers, but nothing that gets the Scouting Services excited. He has good size but not overwhelming speed. He is coming to BC for the right mix of reasons. This seems like a good fit. Congrats to Jalen and welcome aboard.
Monday, April 16, 2018
There are two things I find important about his commitment. First we haven't lost OLine recruiting momentum even with the change in position coaches. Frye was his primary recruiter, but the staff continued on him even after Frye left.
The second notable thing about Conley and other Connecticut recruits, is how they rarely mention UConn. I know losing hurts recruiting, but I also believe that the conference shuffle killed so much of their momentum in state. That's good for BC.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018
The Spring Game remains a big deal in recruiting because it is a chance for the recruited players to experience a big event on campus AND have the focus of the football staff. As exciting as a real game can be, Addazio and his staff can't spend all their time and energy on recruits during a typical game day. During the Spring Game, that is not an issue. Players can be close to the action. Assistants can run over and talk during the game. The lack of real stakes, turns the whole thing into a show.
BC's newest verbal Steve Lubischer will be at the game. So will 2020 target Jalen Berger. There will be more and hopefully they all have a good time.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
BC is in the mix for New Jersey DLine prospect Bryce Nelms. He specifically mentioned talking to Campanile twice a week.
Thursday was the final practice before the Spring Game.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
1. No ties to BC. Women's Basketball is a relatively low stakes hire for Jarmond. The program has not been good for a long time. While location and conference affiliation means we should be better, very few BC people are breathing down Jarmond's neck to make BC Women's Basketball elite. He could have hired someone with ties to the program (a former assistant, a former player, etc.) and kept those who do care happy. Now that model didn't work with Erik Johnson, but it still would have been low risk. Instead, he hired a true outsider.
2. No ties to Jarmond. Many ADs gravitate towards coaches they know and have worked with before. Unless we hear otherwise in the press conference, there is no prior connection between Bernabei-McNamee and our current AD. He didn't even take the easy route of hiring a respected Big Ten assistant.
3. Track record of success as a Head Coach. Bernabei-McNamee has won in both her prior stops. Now there are always coaches who reach the Peter Principle once they make the leap to a more competitive conference, but a history of winning is not a bad thing. It is something she can sell to recruits and indicates she can handle the ups and downs of a season.
4. He didn't just pluck an assistant from an ACC or Women's Basketball power. It would have been easy to pick a UConn assistant or Notre Dame assistant and hope he/she rebuild's BC in a winning image of those schools. But there is plenty of risk in that approach. Often the key ingredient is the head coach and the assistant doesn't have the tools to do it on his/her own.
I like what I read and see about Bernabei-McNamee. I think her success in Albany and history recruiting major conferences is a good sign. I also like that Jarmond didn't limit himself to the typical criteria often involved in a college search.
Monday, April 09, 2018
Sunday, April 08, 2018
The Softball team remains hot as they won their 10th straight. It is Softball's longest winning streak since 1995.
Saturday, April 07, 2018
Friday, April 06, 2018
Thursday, April 05, 2018
I know Christian has dealt with some difficult circumstances and has BC seemingly headed in the right direction. However, in my opinion he has yet to show that he is anything special and can take us to the next level. For every Duke win, there are some frustratingly bad losses. For every great play out of a timeout, there are huge defensive lapses. Is he a bad coach? No. Is he a great coach? I don't think so. So like any above average coach, he is going to need to recruit and develop talent. Bowman and Robinson are two guys he and his staff deserve credit for recruiting and developing. But if that is the end of the talent pipeline or its apex, then we have the wrong coach. I am not expecting BC to grab lottery pick after lottery pick, but borderline first rounders shouldn't be rare. If BC is ever going to sustain success under Christian, he needs at least one player maturing to an NBA first rounder every year.
If Robinson and Bowman return, Christian should have a Top 25 team. If just Bowman returns, he should have a team that can go .500 in ACC play. If neither returns, then he needs to avoid another flame out.
I wish nothing but the best for Bowman and Robinson. They are fun players and I hope they are not done. But either way, if Christian can't find others like them, then that is BC's real problem.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
The NFL site has him as a 3rd rounder.
NFL Draft Scout loved what he did at the Senior Bowl and see him as a 3rd or 4th rounder.
NFL Next sees him as a 5th rounder.
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
247 reminds everyone how well he graded out but thinks he could go undrafted.
NFL Next sees him as a 4th rounder, but does have concern about his physicality in man coverage.
The NFL's site sees him as a 6th or 7th rounder.
Monday, April 02, 2018
The NFL's own site is pretty critical of Landry's strength and technique but still sees him as a first rounder.
Sunday, April 01, 2018
In general I avoid religion on the blog even though what brings us together is our common interest in a Catholic, Jesuit school's sports team. Every once in a while it is good to recognize that aspect of BC's core mission and pray for more than just another BC win. Since this is the most important day in the Church, I wish you a happy Easter regardless of your faith. Back to sports tomorrow.