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BC cornerback Bryce Jones dismissed for violating team rules 10.03.14 at 6:05 pm ET
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Junior cornerback Bryce Jones has been dismissed by Boston College for an unspecified violation of team rules, the Eagles announced. Jones, 20, had picked off a pass in last week’s loss to Colorado State, his lone interception of the season to go with his 20 tackles (17 unassisted), tied for fourth on the team. He had started all 13 games, recording two interceptions and 62 tackles, as a sophomore.

Tommy Amaker to remain at Harvard 03.29.14 at 8:07 pm ET
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Tommy Amaker will remain at Harvard, the school announced Saturday. His name had been mentioned as a possible replacement for Steve Donahue at Boston College, but Saturday’s announcement closes that door.

“After thoughtful deliberation, I continue to realize my heart is at Harvard,” Amaker said in a statement. “To teach, lead and serve at this amazing institution, and in this special community, is truly meaningful to me.”

Amaker has led Harvard to three straight NCAA tournaments and back-to-back trips to the round of 32. This year, the 12th-seeded Crimson upset Cincinnati in the round of 64 before falling to Michigan State.

“Tommy is a great leader, a great coach and a great educator,” said Harvard athletic director Bob Scalise. “He is an inspiration to many in the Harvard community. We are excited he will continue to lead our men’s basketball program.”

Harvard upsets Cincinnati in first round of NCAA tourney 03.20.14 at 5:01 pm ET
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For the second straight year, Harvard completed a first-round NCAA tournament upset, as the No. 12 seed dispatched East Regional No. 5 seed Cincinnati with a 61-57 victory in Spokane, Wash. Harvard became the first Ivy League team in 30 years to win NCAA tourney games in consecutive years, a feat last accomplished by Princeton in 1983 and 1984.

The Crimson, who upset New Mexico in the first round of the 2013 tournament, enjoyed strong shooting in the first half while the Bearcats repeatedly could not convert good looks at the basket, resulting in a 36-29 halftime lead. While Cincinnati repeatedly whittled Harvard’s lead in the second half, getting as close as one point at 54-53 with 3:12 left, the Crimson answered every run by Cincinnati thanks in part to a defensive effort that held the Bearcats to 38 percent from the floor.

Harvard (27-4) outrebounded Cincinnati (27-7), 42-33, and the Crimson’s balanced scoring attack featured five players with at least nine points. Siyani Chambers delivered Harvard’s most critical points, scoring the team’s final five points down the stretch, while the team was led by the 12 points by Ivy League Player of the Year Wesley Saunders and 11 points from guard Laurent Rivard, who was 3-for-5 from behind the 3-point line.

Harvard will now play the winner of Thursday night’s game between Michigan State and Delaware. For more from the game, click here.

Florida State overcomes 18-point deficit to beat Auburn in final minute and win BCS national championship 01.07.14 at 12:31 am ET
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Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston drove Florida State 80 yards in the final 1:19 to give the Seminoles a 34-31 win over Auburn in Monday night’s BCS national championship. The Seminoles overcame an 18-point deficit to take the lead with 4:31 to go on a 100-yard kickoff return by Levonte Whitfield. Auburn retook the lead on a 37-yard touchdown run by Tre Mason with 1:19 to go before Winston drove down the field and found Kelvin Benjamin for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds remaining.

The title is Florida State’s first since 1999 and the first for a non-SEC school since Texas won it all in 2005.

Louisville beats Michigan to win its first NCAA title since 1986 04.08.13 at 11:59 pm ET
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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.

For a complete recap, click here.

BC product Luke Kuechly wins NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors 02.02.13 at 8:29 pm ET
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Former Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly won the Associated Press 2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year Award, it was announced Saturday night.

A first-round pick of the Panthers, Kuechly led the league with 164 tackles. He earned 28 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. That easily outdistanced Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner with 11.

Green Bay cornerback Casey Hayward got six votes, while St. Louis cornerback Janoris Jenkins got three. Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David got the other two votes.

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Oklahoma City takes Reggie Jackson in first round of NBA draft 06.23.11 at 10:16 pm ET
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Boston College guard Reggie Jackson was taken by Oklahoma City at No. 24 overall in Thursday’s NBA draft. The 6-foot-3, 208-pounder averaged 18.2 points and 4.5 assists per game last season for the Eagles. He was the first Boston College player taken in the first round of the draft since Sean Williams and Jared Dudley were both selected in the first round back in 2007.

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College basketball notebook: BC’s Steve Donahue, BU’s Pat Chambers reflect on Philly friendship 02.17.11 at 10:56 pm ET
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Twenty years ago, Philadelphia-area natives Steve Donahue and Pat Chambers were playing with and against each other in summer leagues in Philly and at the Jersey Shore.

Now, the two are coaching at colleges separated by a few miles of Commonwealth Ave.

“I’ve been very close friends with the family for years,” said Donahue, in his first season at Boston College. “They have 12 kids, and I know probably five of them through high school years.”

Said Chambers, in his second year at Boston University: “I was fortunate enough to play with him in different leagues, pickup games, and we developed a great relationship.”

Donahue played a role in Chambers playing at perennial Division 2 powerhouse Philadelphia Textile (now Philadelphia University), as Donahue was an assistant there under the legendary Herb Magee.

“When I was at Textile, [Chambers] had been at Drexel,” Donahue said. “Herb Magee and I talked about him not making the team there and, ‘I think he’d be a good player here,’ and things like that. And that’s where it all started.”

Magee said it was clear to him both young men were headed for successful careers on the sidelines.

“You could tell right away that [Donahue] knew the game, and he had a knack for recruiting, too,” Magee said. “He’s a wonderful guy ‘€” got along with the players, coaches, everybody.”

As for Chambers, “You could tell Patrick would be a coach because of his ability to play the game from the point guard position and his ability to have a feel for the game,” Magee said. “You wouldn’t have to holler out instructions to Patrick. He knew exactly what to do at all times.”

Donahue never got a chance to coach Chambers, as he departed Philadelphia Textile to be an assistant at Penn in 1990, the year Chambers arrived at Textile. At Penn, Donahue coached Pat’s older brother Paul. Donahue, still in his mid-20s, played in a handful of leagues each summer, some with Chambers and some against him. “There’s a whole area of guys who play ball together down in the Philadelphia area,” Donahue said.

In comparing their games, Donahue said Chambers had the advantage of youth, but Donahue had the better shot.

“He was always severely younger than me, but he can’t make a shot. I can shoot the ball,” said Donahue, who starred at Division 2 Ursinus College in the early 1980s. “He’s the all-time leading assist guy in Textile history. He knows how to pass it you.”

Magee backed up Donahue’s assessment of Chambers. “I’ll tell you one thing, Patrick couldn’t shoot it very well,” he said. “I don’t know who’s teaching those [BU] kids how to shoot it.”

Clearly, someone is teaching the Terriers well, as both they and the Eagles are among the nation’s top teams from behind the 3-point arc. BC ranks seventh nationally in Division 1 with 9.1 treys per game. Boston University is 35th at 8.0.

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BC falls just short against Florida State 10.16.10 at 3:29 pm ET
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Led by its defense, Boston College stood on the cusp of a major upset, taking a 19-17 lead over Florida State early in the fourth quarter. But the No. 16 Seminoles rallied at home, with wide receiver Bert Reed taking a reverse and weaving 42 yards for a touchdown to give FSU a 24-19 victory in Tallahassee.

Boston College fell to 2-4 on the year and 0-3 in the ACC. But they came tantalizingly close to shocking their opponents. With BC trailing, 17-9, late in the third quarter, Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich tipped a pass from FSU quarterback Christian Ponder, with defensive back Jim Noel hauling it in (for his second pick of the day) and running 41 yards to the end zone. The pick marked the fourth FSU turnover of the day; BC, meanwhile, did not turn the ball over once.

The extra point brought Boston College within a point, and soon, the Eagles took a lead at the start of the fourth quarter on a 38-yard field goal from Nate Freese.

But FSU (6-1, 4-0 in the ACC) countered with its touchdown, set up by Greg Reid‘s 24-yard kick return of a pooch kick that took the ball to the 48 yard line, which gave the Seminoles a short field for the winning score.

The Eagles defense picked off Ponder three times. Meanwhile, BC quarterback Chase Rettig was 9-for-24 for 95 yards. Running back Montel Harris gouged the Seminoles defense for 191 yards on 26 carries.

Boston College will return to Chestnut Hill on Oct. 23, seeking its first conference victory of the year against Maryland.

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