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BC-Notre Dame football series extended

06.10.10 at 2:25 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, Boston College and Notre Dame have agreed to continue their football rivalry six more times over the next nine seasons. Under the new agreement, BC will play at Notre Dame in 2011, 2016 and 2018. The Eagles will host the Irish in 2012, 2015 and 2019.

The teams already are scheduled to play this season, on Oct. 2 at BC.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series 10-9 following the Irish’s 20-16 victory last October that broke a six-game losing streak to BC.

“[Notre Dame athletic director] Jack Swarbrick and I agreed that since Boston College and Notre Dame are the only Catholic institutions that play Division 1-A football, we should continue to play each other over a period of years,” BC AD Gene DeFilippo told Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley.

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Report: Heslip decides on Baylor

06.09.10 at 9:55 am ET
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According to a tweet from The Recruit Scoop, Brady Heslip’s former AAU coach, Ro Russell, said the 6-foot-2 guard has committed to Baylor. Heslip, who joined the BC program as a freshman in the middle of last season, decided to transfer after the Eagles fired coach Al Skinner and hired Steve Donahue. The Canadian sharpshooter visited Georgetown last week and also reportedly had a standing offer from Utah State.

Heslip is one of three players to transfer from BC this offseason, along with Evan Ravenel (Ohio State) and Rakim Sanders (Fairfield).

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Ravenel lands at Ohio State

06.07.10 at 1:18 pm ET
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Evan Ravenel, who was granted his request to transfer following his sophomore season at Boston College, has accepted a scholarship offer from Ohio State, according to a story in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. Ravenel, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward, takes the scholarship vacated by national player of the year Evan Turner, who is expected to be the No. 2 pick in this month’s NBA draft.

Ohio State was the only school Ravenel visited after leaving BC. “It’s a real tight family. Everybody looks out for each other,” Ravenel told the paper. “Coach [Thad] Matta is a different type of coach. I’ve never seen a coach so involved with his players. They work hard for him. I really like that.”

Ravenel, who will sit out this season and have two years of eligibility remaining, averaged 3.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.5 minutes off the bench for the Eagles in 2009-10.

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BC basketball to play Indiana in ACC-Big Ten Challenge

05.12.10 at 10:26 pm ET
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The pairings for the 12th annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge were announced Wednesday, and Boston College will host Indiana on Dec. 1. This marks BC’s fifth appearance in the Challenge. The Eagles are the only undefeated team from either conference in such games.

The ACC won the first 10 Challenges before the Big Ten won six of the 11 games last season.

BC is 2-1 all-time vs. Indiana. The teams haven’t met since the first round of the 1996 NCAA tournament, when the Eagles posted a 64-51 victory.

2010 Big Ten-ACC Challenge Schedule

Monday, Nov. 29
Virginia at Minnesota

Tuesday, Nov. 30
North Carolina at Illinois
Ohio State at Florida State
Michigan at Clemson
Georgia Tech at Northwestern
Iowa at Wake Forest

Wednesday, Dec. 1
Michigan State at Duke
Purdue at Virginia Tech
North Carolina State at Wisconsin
Indiana at Boston College
Maryland at Penn State

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Ravenel latest to get release from basketball team

05.10.10 at 11:21 am ET
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According to an ESPN report over the weekend, Evan Ravenel became the latest BC basketball player to ask for and be granted his release. Ravenel, a 6-foot-8 forward, joins Rakim Sanders and newcomer Brady Heslip as players headed out of town following Al Skinner’s departure.

Ravenel averaged 3.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.5 minutes per game last season, his second with the Eagles.

Meanwhile, recruit Kevin Noreen, a 6-10, 220-pounder who averaged 38.2 points and 16 rebounds in his  Minnesota prep career, reportedly has 20 scholarship offers since getting his release from the Eagles. He’s set to visit Oklahoma this week. There was some speculation that North Carolina might be interested after 6-10 twins Travis and David Wear announced plans to transfer after one season in Chapel Hill, although there is nothing to substantiate that.

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Ex-BC assistant Cassara lands at Hofstra

05.06.10 at 7:17 am ET
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Mo Cassara, who was an assistant basketball coach under Al Skinner at Boston College the past four seasons, was named head coach at Hofstra. He replaces Tim Welsh, who resigned this week after being detained by police on suspicion of DWI  last Friday, a month after he was hired.

Prior to BC, Cassara served as head coach at Division 3 Clark University in Worcester. He takes over a Hofstra team that went 19-15 last season under Tom Pecroa, who now is at Fordham.

“Mo’s experience in the Atlantic Coast Conference and his basketball pedigree will be great additions to Hofstra, and we look forward to an exciting era of Pride Basketball,” Hofstra athletic director Jack Hayes said. “Mo has quickly gained the trust of our athletes, and we are delighted that he will lead our program.”

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BC legend Adams named Bonnies assistant

05.05.10 at 6:48 am ET
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Michael Adams, who starred at Boston College in the early 1980s and went on to play in the NBA, was named an assistant coach at St. Bonaventure, under former BC teammate Mark Schmidt. Adams was an assistant at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., last season, following two years as an assistant under Gary Williams at Maryland.

Adams, a Hartford native, played 11 seasons in the NBA. He led the league in 3-pointers two years and made at least one 3-pointer in 79 straight games, the second-longest streak of all-time.

Adams was head coach of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics in 2004.

Schmidt, who recently completed his third season guiding the Bonnies, is a North Attleboro native and 1985 BC grad.

St. Bonaventure went 15-16 last season, 7-9 in the Atlantic-10 Conference.

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BC freshman hockey players in car accident

04.25.10 at 10:29 pm ET
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Three members of Boston College’s national championship hockey team were among seven individuals in a car involved in a collision with an MBTA trolley late Saturday night, according to multiple reports. Philip Samuelsson, Parker Milner and Patrick Wey, all freshmen, were in a Jeep Cherokee that allegedly swerved in front of the train on Commonwealth Ave.

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said the trolley operator saw three of the car’s occupants remove what appeared to be alcoholic beverage containers before fleeing the scene. Four occupants were transported to the hospital for non-life-threatning neck and back injuries, including Samuelsson and Wey. Milner was one of the three individuals who allegedly fled. “All seven of these individuals face charges of being minors in possession of alcohol,” Pesaturo said.

A statement from Boston College said the driver, 19-year-old Jane Stanton, was not drinking at the time of the accident.

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BC teammates ready for NFL

04.21.10 at 8:51 pm ET
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Matt Tennant is another potential prospect from BC at the center position. (AP)

BC’s Matt Tennant and Mike McLaughlin may have bled the same colors at the Heights, but their roads to NFL draft weekend have been shaped differently.

Start with Tennant — a 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman who was the anchor of BC’s line at the center position for three years. It doesn’t hurt to have the words “center” and “BC” on a resume, considering the careers that Dan Koppen, Damien Woody and others have put together in the NFL.

Draft gurus and mock draft experts have the center going in the third or fourth round, with NFL.com predicting Tennant going 83rd to the Falcons to reunite with quarterback Matt Ryan. Mike Mayock, a former BC player and analyst for the NFL Network, told WEEI.com’s Chris Price that Tennant will be a success on the next level.

“Matt Tennant, I think his best football’s ahead of him,” Mayock said. “He was an undersized center who’s finally getting some weight into that 6-foot-4 frame, I think he’s got a chance down the road who can be a pretty good offensive lineman who can play all three positions — center and both guards.”

Tennant said he played some guard at the Senior Bowl, and he believes his strongest suit is being able to adapt to new situations. Even if it means switching from the center position, where he earned All-ACC honors.

“I’ve had three head coaches and I’ve had four different offensive line coaches. Every year I’ve played I’ve had to adjust,” he said. “I’ve had to adjust to a new scheme, a new coach and how he would coach it. I’ve done things that college players never had to do.

“I’m going to be able to go in and pick up the offense like it’s nothing. To me, it would be like a normal day at BC. To the other guys, whose coaches have been somewhere for four or five years, it will be a little bit harder to adjust.”

Tennant said he has had contact with several teams, including the Patriots, Broncos and Bengals. One thing is for certain, though: Tennant, who might be the second-best center in the draft, will hear his name called at some point over the weekend.

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Mike McLaughlin may not get the opportunity to play linebacker in the NFL, so he has chosen to adapt. (AP)

That same certainty can’t be said for McLaughlin.

Draft experts have him going in the late rounds or signing as an undrafted free agent. However, the uncertainty has not fazed McLaughlin one bit.

“This is a great position that I’m in,” he said. “This is what I’ve wanted to do for so long. It’s not a hard thing, but you just don’t know where you are going to end up. You wish you could. You wish you knew. But you really don’t know.”

The middle linebacker’s draft status might have been hampered by a torn Achilles tendon that he suffered before the 2009 season, but he still managed to start nine games and record 56 tackles, good for third on the team. He said he feels no problems in the foot, and he believes he is 100 percent healthy.

McLaughlin is thinking outside the box to find his way on a NFL roster by re-learning a few positions that he excelled at during his time at Woburn High School: fullback and long snapper. Tennant may make a switch to a guard position, but McLaughlin might have to switch to the other side of the ball to find his way to the NFL.

“I always thought that I was a good linebacker and thought that I could become a really good linebacker,” McLaughlin said. “I’m kind of still on that path. I really love to play linebacker, and I think that’s my natural position, on the defensive side of the ball. Then again, if a team wants me to play fullback and they are going to pay me to play fullback, then I’ll definitely do that.”

He is also served as the backup long snapper for BC, and he is touching up on those skills to make himself more valuable to NFL scouts.

“I kind of went to the combine with a little bit of a strategy. I really wanted to promote myself, market myself as someone that can do a lot of things,” he said. “[Long snapping] is just another thing I can do, and hopefully a team wants me to do it and will pick me up for it.”

(Click the video to see how McLaughlin is diversifying his game.)

Mayock said McLaughlin has a chance to be “one of the better special teams players in the league” and McLaughlin agreed with that assessment.

“That’s how I’m going make a team and that’s how I’m going to make an impact,” he said. “That’s how my head is going into this whole thing.”

Tennant and McLaughlin’s paths may have been different getting here, but there is one thing they have in common: They are both ready to move on to the next step.

“I’m excited to get this whole process over and really start playing football again,” Tennant said. “It’s been a great time and I’ve met some nice people and everything, but I’m ready to start playing football again. It’s time for it.”

Added McLaughlin: “I’m ready to get it going. Everybody is talking about it. You really can’t help people asking questions of where you going to go? So I’m ready to get it going.”

Whatever happens this weekend, both player’s roads to the NFL draft will be over. But their journeys to the NFL are just beginning.

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Eagles’ spring coming to an end

04.21.10 at 11:39 am ET
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Frank Spaziani and the Eagles are looking forward to next season. (AP)

The quarterback situation for Boston College is way ahead of where it was last year, according to coach Frank Spaziani. But just because the situation has improved doesn’t mean the coach can sleep easy.

“Do I feel comfortable? No, because we have two sophomores and two true freshman at that position,” Spaziani said during Wednesday’s ACC coaches teleconference. “It’s a relatively inexperienced group.”

David Shinskie returns as the most experienced option for the Eagles. The 25-year-old former professional baseball player threw for 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions during the Eagles’ eight-win season last year.

Mike Marscovetra and a pair of true freshmen in Chase Rettig and Josh Bordner also are options for Spaziani.

“David is the incumbent, but no jerseys are tatooed on you,” he said. “We are in a lot different situation this April as we were last April. We’ve upgraded ourselves talent-wise. Mike Marscovetra, this is his first spring, he’s a true sophomore now. The two young boys that just came out of high school, Rettig and Bordner, they didn’t disappoint us. They are fine prospects. By no means are they ready for prime time, but we like what we see at this point.”

One area the Eagles will not have to worry about is starting tailback. Montel Harris is back after a tremendous sophomore season. Harris rushed for 1,457 yards on 308 attempts with 14 scores. The talented running back cracked the century mark seven times last year, highlighted by a 264-yard outburst against NC State on Oct. 17. Read the rest of this entry »

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