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Four Eagles named Preseason All-ACC

07.28.10 at 11:54 am ET
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Boston College sophomore linebacker Luke Kuechly and three Eagles offensive players ‘€” tackle Anthony Castonzo, guard Thomas Claiborne and running back Montel Harris ‘€” were named to the Preseason All-ACC team announced Wednesday. Voting was conducted by media at the ACC Football Kickoff on Sunday and Monday in Greensboro, N.C.

BC was second only to North Carolina in the number of players on the team. The Tar Heels had five spots ‘€” all on defense, as they ranked sixth nationally in total defense last season.

Here is the complete release from the ACC:

GREENSBORO, N.C. ‘€” North Carolina led all Atlantic Coast Conference schools with five players selected to the 2010 Preseason All-ACC Football team in voting conducted by the media at the annual ACC Football Kickoff, which was held July 25-26 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro.

The Preseason All-ACC team was announced Wednesday. In all, 20 of the 23 honorees on the team earned first or second-team All-ACC honors last fall, with 16 having been selected to the All-ACC first team. The three remaining players who were voted onto the 2010 preseason team were Honorable Mention All-ACC last year.

North Carolina’s defense, which finished sixth nationally last year in total defense, had all five of the UNC players selected to the preseason All-ACC squad in defensive end Robert Quinn (Ladson, S.C.), defensive tackle Marvin Austin (Washington, D.C.), linebacker Quan Sturdivant (Oakboro, N.C.), cornerback Kendric Burney (Jacksonville, N.C.) and safety Deunta Williams (Jacksonville, N.C.).

Boston College was next with four players chosen in tailback Montel Harris (Jacksonville, Fla.), offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), offensive guard Thomas Claiborne (Randolph, Mass.) and linebacker Luke Kuechly (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Clemson and Miami each had three players honored, followed by Maryland and Florida State with two and Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State and Virginia Tech with one each. Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel (Tallahassee, Fla.) garnered the most votes, being named on 48 of the 52 ballots while North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn (47 votes) and Virginia Tech tailback Ryan Williams (45) were the next highest.

Though Florida State had just two players chosen, they were quarterback Christian Ponder (Colleyville, Tex.), the media pick for ACC Preseason Player of the Year, and offensive guard Rodney Hudson (Mobile, Ala.), who is seeking to become only the seventh player in ACC history–and only the fourth position player–to be selected to the All-ACC Football Team for four consecutive seasons. Hudson was a second-team All-ACC choice as a freshman in 2007 and earned first-team honors in 2008 and 2009.

Miami’s Matt Bosher (Jupiter, Fla.), who earned first-team All-ACC honors as a placekicker and second team as a punter last year, was named to the preseason team at both positions.

Maryland’s Torrey Smith (Colonial Beach, Va.), who set ACC single-season kickoff return yardage records in each of the last two seasons, was also named to the preseason team at two positions–specialist and wide receiver. Smith was a second-team All-ACC choice at both positions last year.

Those who were chosen first-team All-ACC last fall included Robert Quinn, Quan Sturdivant, Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams of North Carolina; Allen Bailey, Matt Bosher and Brandon Harris of Miami; Anthony Castonzo and Luke Kuechly of Boston College; DeAndre McDaniel of Clemson, Donovan Varner of Duke, Rodney Hudson of Florida State, Sean Bedford of Georgia Tech, Alex Wujciak of Maryland, George Bryan of NC State and Ryan Williams of Virginia Tech.

Boston College’s Montel Harris, Clemson’s Chris Hairston, Maryland’s Torrey Smith, Miami’s Matt Bosher and North Carolina’s Marvin Austin were selected to the 2009 All-ACC second team, while Boston College’s Thomas Claiborne, Clemson’s Jarvis Jenkins and Florida State’s Christian Ponder were honorable mention All-ACC last fall.

Ten of the ACC’s 12 teams were represented on the team, and a total of 52 ballots were cast at the Kickoff for the preseason all-conference football team.

2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Team
Pos.    Name (Votes)                                             Ht          Wt        Class            Hometown

WR      Donovan Varner, Duke (27)                          5-9         170         Junior            Miami, Fla.
WR      Torrey Smith, Maryland (19)                        6-1         200         Junior            Colonial Beach, Va.
TE       George Bryan, NC State (21)                         6-5          265         Junior            Castle Hayne, N.C.
T          Anthony Castonzo, Boston College (43)     6-7         295         Senior             Hawthorn Woods, Ill.
T          Chris Hairston, Clemson (21)                       6-7         325          Senior            Winston-Salem, N.C.
G          Rodney Hudson, Florida State (43)            6-2         282         Senior             Mobile, Ala.
G          Thomas Claiborne, Boston College (21)     6-3         325          Senior             Randolph, Mass.
C          Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech (25)                 6-1          274         Senior              Gainesville, Fla.
QB       Christian Ponder, Florida State (35)           6-3         227          Senior             Colleyville, Tex.
RB       Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech (45)              5-10        211          Sophomore    Manassas, Va.
RB       Montel Harris, Boston College (30)            5-10        200        Junior              Jacksonville, Fla.

Pos.    Name (Votes)                                             Ht          Wt        Class            Hometown
DE        Robert Quinn, North Carolina (47)             6-5          270        Junior           Ladson, S.C.
DE        Allen Bailey, Miami (31)                                6-4          288        Senior           Sapelo, Ga.
DT        Marvin Austin, North Carolina (32)           6-3           305        Senior           Washington, D.C.
DT        Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson (27)                       6-4           310        Senior           Clemson, S.C.
LB         Alex Wujciak, Maryland (34)                       6-3           245        Senior           West Caldwell, N.J.
LB         Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina (32)       6-2           235        Senior           Oakboro, N.C.
LB         Luke Kuechly, Boston College (25)             6-3           225        Sophomore  Cincinnati, Ohio
CB         Kendric Burney, North Carolina (27)        5-9            190        Senior            Jacksonville, N.C.
CB         Brandon Harris, Miami (26)                        5-11          195         Junior           Miami, Fla.
S            DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson (48)              6-1            215        Senior            Tallahassee, Fla.
S            Deunta Williams, North Carolina (41)       6-2            210        Senior           Jacksonville, N.C.

Pos.    Name (Votes)                                             Ht          Wt        Class            Hometown
PK        Matt Bosher, Miami (32)                               6-0          205        Senior           Jupiter, Fla.
P           Matt Bosher, Miami (20)                               6-0          205        Senior           Jupiter, Fla.
SP         Torrey Smith, Maryland (24)                        6-1          210        Junior           Colonial Beach, Va.

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BC football assistant accused of negative recruiting

07.22.10 at 12:00 pm ET
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An unidentified member of the Boston College football staff is coming under fire for some negative recruiting aimed at UConn. The Hartford Courant has the story of Virginia high school quarterback Michael Nebrich, who was the first player to verbally commit to UConn’s 2011 recruiting class. As Nebrich has not yet signed a letter of intent, he still can be contacted by other schools. So, a BC assistant e-mailed the player asking him to attend a one-day skills clinic.

In the e-mail, which the Courant obtained under the assurance that the paper would not release the coach’s name, the coach added: “I know you’re committed to UConn but you will have a new coaching staff there by next January. You have a plan for that?”

Stories of negative recruiting aren’t uncommon, but the fact that the BC coach would make such a comment via an e-mail account that can easily be traced back to him is a little surprising. And it put a bad taste in the recruit’s mouth.

“I got an e-mail from one of the BC assistant coaches who wasn’t too happy about my commitment,” Nebrich told the Courant. “He told me stuff like the UConn coaching staff isn’t going to be there in January. I called up coach [UConn defensive coordinator Joe] Moorhead and [head coach Randy] Edsall and told them about it and asked them and they told me that was absolutely ridiculous and reassured me they’d be there.”

Added Nebrich: “It definitely surprised me coming from another school, especially the asinine way they did it.”

While neither the contact nor the comment in the e-mail violates NCAA rules, the coach could be reprimanded by the American Football Coaches Association. In its Code of Ethics, the AFCA writes: “Negative recruiting is a serious breach of ethics by any coach. In discussing the advantages of his institution, the coach must confine his statements to an honest and forthright presentation of the facts.”

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Report: Monmouth’s Taylor not transferring to BC

07.22.10 at 6:15 am ET
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Former Monmouth forward Travis Taylor reportedly will not transfer to BC as previously planned. Taylor averaged 17.8 points and 7.6 rebounds as a sophomore last season, but he was suspended seven games for a violation of team rules.

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Gambino new BC baseball coach

07.20.10 at 2:11 pm ET
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Mike Gambino is returning to his alma mater to become Boston College’s next baseball coach. Gambino, who played for the Eagles from 1997-2000, spent the past four seasons as an assistant to former BC coach Pete Hughes at Virginia Tech.

He replaces Mik Aoki, who left to become head coach at Notre Dame.

‘€œWe are very excited to bring back Mike Gambino as our new head coach,’€ athletic director Gene DeFilippo said in a press release. ‘€œAs a former player and assistant coach here, Mike has the experience and passion to bring the baseball program to the next level. He has already hit the ground running.’€

After graduating from BC and earning second-team All-New England honors, Gambino played in the Red Sox‘ minor league system for two years. He then became a special assistant to the Red Sox’ major league staff. In 2002, he was a coach for the Single-A Lowell Spinners. After serving as a BC volunteer assistant coach in 2003 and ’04, he became an area scout for the Detroit Tigers.

‘€œI want to thank Father Leahy, Gene DeFilippo and Tom Peters for giving me the opportunity to come back and coach at my alma mater,’€ Gambino said in a press release. ‘€œI’€™m very excited to be back at The Heights. I plan to continue to build on the success established by my coaching predecessors. It’€™s a goal I have been working toward since I was a player. We will strive for excellence in the classroom and on the field. We’€™re going to work extremely hard as a staff and as a team to get BC into the national tournament consistently, and we’€™re going to have a lot of fun doing it.’€

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Football legend Goodreault dead at 92

07.15.10 at 1:56 pm ET
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Gene Goodreault, an All-America end in 1940 and a member of BC’s 1941 Sugar Bowl championship team, died Tuesday in Orinda, Calif., at the age of 92, according to a statement on the school’s website.

Goodreault, a product of Haverhill, was chosen 15th overall in the 1941 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions but he instead served in the Navy in World War II. He returned to Haverhill after his military service and founded a wool brokerage company there. He remained in Haverhill until six years ago, when he relocated to California.

A member of the inaugural class in the BC’s Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1970, Goodreault was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982. His jersey was retired in 2001 during a ceremony at BC marking the 60th anniversary of the Sugar Bowl title.

Goodreault was the winner of the first Bulger Lowe Award in 1939 as the top player in New England.

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Hoops update: Pair of transfers bolsters BC’s future

07.10.10 at 10:30 am ET
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Oregon transfer Matt Humphrey and Monmouth transfer Travis Taylor have decided to play their basketball for Steve Donahue at Boston College, according to multiple reports.

Humphrey is a 6-foot-6 wing player from Chicago who averaged 5.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 19 games as a sophomore last season, missing two months with a knee injury. The left-handed shooter was named Oregon’€™s most improved player as a freshman, when he averaged 4.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in 31 games.

Taylor, who stands 6-7, hails from Union, N.J.. He averaged 17.8 points and 7.6 rebounds last season, his second at Monmouth. He was suspended seven games for a violation of team rules.

Both players will sit out the 2010-11 season before becoming eligible.

As for this year, the Eagles have two freshmen committed in 6-2 guard Gabe Moton, a St. Petersburg, Fla., product who pulled out of a commitment to Air Force to join the Eagles, and Danny Rubin, a 6-5 shooting guard from Bethesda, Md., who originally had planned to be a preferred walk-on at Colgate due to a lack of offers.

Donahue has commitments for 2011 in Eddie Odio, a skinny 6-7 wing from Miami, and Milton Academy 6-10 center Dennis Clifford.

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Report: Aoki leaves BC for Notre Dame

07.08.10 at 10:17 pm ET
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According to a report by Lenny Megliola in The Boston Globe, Mik Aoki will leave his job as Boston College baseball coach to take a similar position at Notre Dame. An announcement is expected next week.

Aoki, a Plymouth native and 1990 graduate of Davidson, went 114-108-1 in four years at BC, including a 30-28 record this season. Last year, Aoki led the Eagles to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 42 years.

Aoki was a BC assistant for three seasons before taking over from Peter Hughes. Prior to BC, Aoki was head coach at Columbia for five seasons.

At ND, Aoki replaces Dave Schrage, who went 119-114-1 in four seasons.

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Kuechly, Castonzo named SN All-Americans

06.23.10 at 4:13 pm ET
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Boston College sophomore linebacker Luke Kuechly was named to The Sporting News All-America first defensive team, while senior offensive lineman Anthony Castonzo was a third-team offensive selection.

Kuechly, the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year last season, ranked second in the nation with 158 tackles and 87 solo tackles. He also had 13 tackles for loss, four pass breakups, one sack, one interception and one fumble recovery.

Castonzo has started all 41 games the past three seasons and last year anchored a line that allowed just 1.54 sacks per game.

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BC legend Michael Adams leaves St. Bonaventure

06.22.10 at 9:19 pm ET
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Six weeks after he was named an assistant coach at St. Bonaventure, former Boston College and NBA sharpshooter Michael Adams stepped down, saying he wanted to support his son, Michael, in his senior season of high school basketball in Pennsylvania.

‘€œThis is a decision that I regret to make, but it’€™s the right one for me and my family,’€ Adams said in a statement released by St. Bonaventure. ‘€œMy son only gets to go through one senior year of high school in his life and I want to make sure I’€™m there to support him and be a part of it. I want to thank coach [Mark] Schmidt and the rest of the St. Bonaventure department of athletics for giving me a chance to get back into college basketball and for being very understanding of my decision.’€

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.

Schmidt, St. Bonaventure’s head coach, is a North Attleboro native and 1985 BC grad who played with Adams in Chestnut Hill.

‘€œMichael and I have been friends for almost 30 years and while I am obviously disappointed that we won’€™t be able to coach together, I respect his decision,’€ Schmidt said in a statement. ‘€œWe wish Michael and his family all the best.”

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

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BC lands Florida guard Moton

06.22.10 at 7:17 am ET
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Gabe Moton, a guard from St. Petersburg, Fla., pulled out of his commitment to Air Force to sign with Boston College and new coach Steve Donahue. Moton had been recruited by Donahue at Cornell but had chosen Air Force over the Ivy League school as well as Denver, Tennessee-Martin, Tennessee Tech and West Point.

Moton visited BC in early June and found it to be a good fit.

“It’s a great school with strong academics,” Moton told the St. Petersburg Times. “And its in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which is a big plus for me.”

Moton averaged 17 points, five assists and five rebounds per game last season in leading his team to the Class 6A region final.

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