|08.31.13 at 1:15 pm ET|
CHESTNUT HILL — Boston College coach Steve Addazio said his team would have to be prepared for anything against the Villanova Wildcats in their season opener.
He wasn’t kidding.
On the first drive of the season, Villanova lined up for a punt facing 4th down at the BC 47. Villanova lined up for the punt with star receiver Jamal Abdur-Rahman lined up short in the punt formation. The snap never made it to punter Mark Hamilton.
BC special teamers weren’t the only ones fooled. So was ESPN, as the above GIF shows. Villanova used the trickeration to go up 7-0 and stun the Eagles, putting Boston College on its heels early.
|08.29.13 at 10:43 am ET|
The seven Division 1 college basketball coaches in Massachusetts will gather at the TD Garden on Sept. 26 for the second annual Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Breakfast.
New Celtics coach Brad Stevens also is scheduled to appear at the event, which will feature a panel discussion moderated by ESPN college basketball writer Jeff Goodman.
Boston College’s Steve Donahue, Boston University’s Joe Jones, Harvard’s Tommy Amaker, Northeastern’s Bill Coen, UMass’ Derek Kellogg and Holy Cross’ Milan Brown will be joined this year by Pat Duquette of UMass-Lowell, which is making the transition to Division 1 this season.
|08.09.13 at 12:58 pm ET|
CHESTNUT HILL — It’s no secret that if the Boston College Eagles are going to turn around a trend that saw them win just six games in the past two seasons, quarterback Chase Rettig is going to lead the way.
But the senior quarterback, who is going through yet another change in offensive coordinators, knows the process is going to be deliberate. His focus is on Villanova and the opener Aug. 31 at Alumni Stadium. Work on winning that game and then go from there, with the end goal of bowl eligibility.
On media day at BC, he was careful not to put a number on the wins he thinks he and the Eagles can reach this season.
“I don’t know if you can do that,” Rettig said. “Right now, we want to win the opener because last year we didn’t. I think we’ve had better teams than our record has shown the last two years. But momentum is key. We have to win the opener and then scratch and claw, do whatever we can to get into bowl eligibility, and that’s just the mind-set. If it’s more than that, then it’s more than that. That’s what we’re going to try and do. Our work ethic is what’s going to control it, try to be better than our opponents this year.”
New coach Steve Addazio went a step further in taking the heat off his quarterback, at least to start the season.
“Number one, beyond a doubt, if you can’t play defense, you’re not going to win,” Addazio said. “It’s all about great defense. If you don’t play great defense you’re not going to win. It centers around playing great defense. You better be great in special teams, and I’m a big believer that your quarterback has to play real well.”
Addazio was asked about the back-up QB battle between Josh Bordner, Mike Marscovetra and three other QBs on the roster.
“Productivity in camp. You have to be productive. Have to watch Josh move the team,” Addazio said. “You either move the team or you don’t. You either move the team or you don’t. I’m glad if you complete 92 percent in 7-on-7. I really don’t care about 7-on-7. I want to see you move the team when you get hit. I’m going to judge that and evaluate that. Obviously, we hold Chase accountable to the same standards but he’s coming in as the starting quarterback right now so we’re going to protect him a little bit more.
“Some of the other guys, we’ll probably not going to protect as much. We’re going to throw them into the fire a little bit and see how they go, and find out who’s going to take those spots. You find one guy standing up. There’s been plenty of times in history here at Boston College a guy gets in there and does so good he doesn’t give it back to the other guy. It’s all there. It’s all open. Nothing’s forever. Right now, Chase is the starter. Right now, Josh is battling Mike for that second spot. The second spot could always become the first, I guess. Right now, that’s our mindset for sure. We have a clear path, for sure.”
In the fourth game of the 2010 season, Rettig made his debut at BC playing against Notre Dame. In a 31-13 loss to the Irish, he connected on a 58-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Swigert but had to leave the game due to an ankle injury. After missing the following game, Rettig earned the starting quarterback job and led the Eagles to the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, where he completed 14 of 34 passes for 121 yards.
That was the season the Eagles lost five straight, falling to 2-5, only to rally and win the next five and become bowl eligible. The Eagles lost to Nevada 20-13. Rettig threw for 1,238 yards and six touchdowns during the season.
After a 4-8 season in 2011, the Eagles fell to 2-10 in the 2012 season, Rettig started all 12 games and threw for 3,055 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season. His season QB rating was a career high 115.6. He connected with junior wide receiver Alex Amidon 78 times for 1,210 yards. Those are numbers Rettig and the Eagles offense have been building on this spring and summer.
“It’s been good,” Rettig said during media day at The Heights. “We had some in the spring but we didn’t really use it as much as we do now. We’re just trying to get used to it. Some guys are getting more acclimated. Different people have different learning curves so being a senior, being a quarterback, I know more. I’m trying to be an extension of Coach Day and Coach Addazio and get everyone on the same page.
“You don’t want to just go out there and run as many plays as you can for no reason. You want each play to be executed as a team and be worth something. Use tempo and be in control. When I’m in [huddle] right now, I can lead. Approach, demeanor, how you handle yourself in all the situations, I think those three years of experience have rubbed off and now I know how to handle those situations and just trying to be a voice on the team. The best way to do that is to set a standard, you set goals that other guys believe we can get to and then you live by those and expect it every rep off the field, on the field and in certain situations. That’s what I’ve been trying to do.
“You have to work harder than the guy you’re going to be lining up against on Aug. 31. Against the defense in practice, you have to handle yourself the best you can because we’re responsible for our success. It starts with the person, then grouping more people, then the unit, then it’s the team and then it’s the whole program. You just have to be responsible and accountable and that’s what we’re stressing in this program right now.”
|08.05.13 at 9:29 am ET|
Art Donovan, a Boston College product who went on to have a Hall of Fame career in the NFL, died Sunday night at the age of 89 at a hospice in Baltimore, the Ravens announced.
Donovan, who made his name as a defensive lineman for the Baltimore Colts, helping them to world championships in 1958 and ’59, became well known later in life after making appearances on television telling humorous stories about his time in the NFL. He had a reputation for being aggressive and mean-spirited on the field, but he was known as gregarious and hilarious off it.
Donovan grew up in New York as the son of legendary boxing referee Arthur J. Donovan Sr. He earned a scholarship to Notre Dame in 1942 but left after a semester to fight with the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. Upon his return, he played at Boston College from 1946-49 as a stalwart on both sides of the line.
He played 12 seasons in the NFL (10 with the Colts) before retiring after the 1961 season and was a five-team Pro Bowl selection as well as a member of the NFL’s 1950s All-Decade team. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968, the first Colt to be so honored. He was inducted into the Boston College Hall of Fame in 1970.
Donovan published an autobiography, “Fatso,” in 1987. Multiple appearances on the “Late Show with David Letterman” helped build his legend, and he hosted a radio show in Baltimore in the 1990s.
|07.25.13 at 10:23 am ET|
Senior linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis is the lone Boston College representative on the preseason All-ACC squad announced Wednesday by the league.
Pierre-Louis, a 6-foot-1, 215-pounder from Norwalk, Conn., has recorded 252 tackles (145 solo) and 14 tackles for loss in 31 career games over three seasons at BC.
He received All-ACC honorable mention last year after amassing 85 tackles in nine games, ranking seventh in the ACC with 9.4 tackles per game.
Clemson quarterback Taj Boyd, last year’s ACC Player of the Year, was named preseason Player of the Year. Florida State placed a league-high six players on the team, while North Carolina had four. Clemson, the league’s preseason favorite, had three All-ACC players.
|07.11.13 at 2:51 pm ET|
Boston College football’s season opener — its first under new coach Steve Addazio — is still one month and 20 days away, but the preseason news is starting to roll in.
The team announced Thursday that senior linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis has been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, one day after revealing that senior kicker Nate Freese was named to the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watch List.
Pierre-Louis garnered All-ACC honorable mention honors in 2012 after a junior season in which he averaged nine tackles per game. He has started 31 games in his three years, totaling 252 tackles.
There are 27 linebackers and 81 total players on the list of names to watch for the Nagurski, which is awarded annually to the top defensive player in the nation. Luke Kuechly won the award in 2011 while playing for the Eagles.
Freese, who is among the top active kickers in the country and one of the best in BC football history, is one of 30 place kickers on the Groza list, which is chosen based on both 2012 stats and 2013 expectations. He sits fifth among FBS kickers with a career field goal percentage of .820, including a .900 mark (18-for-20) as a junior last year.
The 20 Groza Award semifinalists will be announced Nov. 4.
BC opens its season when it hosts Villanova at noon on Aug. 31.
|04.08.13 at 11:59 pm ET|
The Louisville men’s basketball team claimed its third national championship, beating Michigan, 82-76, Monday night in the NCAA title game in Atlanta.
Rick Pitino‘s team came back from a one-point deficit at the half to outscore the Wolverines 45-38 in the final 20 minutes. It was the second national title for Pitino, who was named as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s class of 2013 earlier in the day, and the first championship for Louisville since 1986.
Luke Hancock led the way for the Cardinals, netting 22 points, going 5-for-5 on 3-pointers. Peyton Siva (18 points) and Chane Behanan (15) also contributed for the tournament’s No. 1 seed. The performances helped Pitino’s club overcome a poor outing from guard Russ Smith, who made just three of his 16 shots from the floor.
Michigan got an outstanding performance from All-America guard Trey Burke, who scored 24 points while going 7-for-11 from the field. Spike Albrecht help key the early momentum for the Wolverines, making four 3-pointers before intermission.
Louisville trailed by as many as 12 points late in the first half.
|03.26.13 at 6:34 am ET|
According to multiple reports, Boston University will introduce NHL assistant coach David Quinn, a former BU player and assistant coach, on Tuesday as successor to Jack Parker.
Quinn, an Avalanche assistant, is a native of Cranston, R.I., who played at BU from 1984-87 and was a first-round draft pick of the Minnesota North Stars. He had to retire from the game in 1987 after being diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, but he returned four years later and played minor league hockey for two seasons.
Quinn, 46, went on to serve as an assistant coach at Northeastern and Nebraska-Omaha before joining USA Hockey and eventually serving as head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 team.
He was an assistant under Parker from 2004-09, ending his run at BU with a national title. Quinn left the Terriers to become a head coach with AHL Lake Erie. He joined the Avalanche staff last year.
|03.25.13 at 10:28 am ET|
Boston College received a 2 seed in the East Regional and will open NCAA tournament play against third-seeded Union on Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.
The Eagles (22-11-4), coming off an upset loss to Boston University in the Hockey East tournament semifinals, are making their 14th postseason appearance in the last 16 years and 32nd overall. BC has won three NCAA titles in the last five years, including last year.
Quinnipiac, the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed, will play fourth-seeded Canisius in the first East Regional semifinal, scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.
In the Northeast Regional at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., top-seeded UMass-Lowell plays Wisconsin on Friday at 4:30 p.m., followed by a game between second-seeded New Hampshire and Denver.
The other New England team in the tournament is Yale, which was sent to the West Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich., to play top-seeded Minnesota on Friday at 2 p.m.
The Frozen Four is April 11-13 in Pittsburgh.
|03.23.13 at 8:39 pm ET|
Mark Lyons scored 27 points and helped Arizona jump out to a 30-9 lead en route to a 74-51 victory over Harvard on Saturday in Salt Lake City, ending the Crimson’s stay in the NCAA tournament.
Harvard, coming off Thursday’s upset of third-seeded New Mexico in which the Crimson led the majority of the game, missed 20 of its first 22 shots against the Wildcats and never got closer than 14 after Arizona’s early run. Kenyatta Smith scored 10 points to lead the 14th-seeded Crimson, who end their season at 20-10.
Solomon Hill contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds for sixth-seeded Arizona (27-7), which advances to play the winner of Sunday’s game between Ohio State and Iowa State.