BC officially announced its long-discussed strategic plan and capital campaign for Athletics. The details of the strategic plan are not that important. And as we know from numerous BC projects, this will get altered. To me, the most encouraging aspect of the announcement is the $150 million capital campaign. This campaign will be the largest in ACC history and the first sports-specific campaign in BC history.
While we wait and hope for excitement on the field and court, the most palpable part of BC sports of the last decade was a loss of passion and engagement. Blame Gene, Bates, Spaz, Jags, Addazio, Donahue, Christian, the change in college sports, the changing demographics of BC, the changing nature of fandom, whatever. People don't feel as engaged. The two areas where it is most obvious was in attendance and fundraising. If Jarmond and BC think there is now enough interest and support for a huge campaign, then that is a sign people are feeling better about BC. Just think of how long Bates was trying to raise money for the practice facility. Now less than two years later BC is being aggressive, public and specific in its goals. That is a great sign. It means they expect the teams to win and they are going to try everything to get this community to buy in.
The money and proposed renovations to Conte should help basketball recruiting and solidify hockey as we near the end of the York years. It is also another selling point for the football program.
I applaud Jarmond for taking on this task. He was hired for many reason, but fundraising was a big one. Now he is proving that he is willing to get out there, talk to donors and sell them on BC.