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BC PG Olivier Hanlan named ACC co-Rookie of Week 12.24.12 at 3:16 pm ET
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Boston College freshman point guard Olivier Hanlan was named ACC co-Rookie of the Week on Monday. He shares the award with Florida State swingman Aaron Thomas.

In BC’s lone game of the week on Saturday, Hanlan recorded his first double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 71-68 victory over Providence. Hanlan, who played all 40 minutes in the game, ranks second among AC freshman and 19th overall with 12.8 points per game.

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BC football names two more assistants: Bill McGovern, Justin Frye 12.20.12 at 8:08 pm ET
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Bill McGovern, who has served as Boston College’s linebackers coach for the last 12 years and as defensive coordinator for the last four, will remain with the team as linebackers coach under new head coach Steve Addazio, the school announced Thursday.

“Bill McGovern is one of the most respected coaches in the Northeast, not only as a defensive coordinator but as a linebacker coach,” Addazio said. “He’s one of the finest recruiters in the country. He’s a Boston College guy. He loves this place and has a great passion for Boston College. He has great relationships with current and former players and will be a tremendous, vital person in our program as we move forward.”

Justin Frye, who was offensive line coach under Addazio at Temple the last two seasons, will take the same job at BC.

“Justin Frye has played for me, been a graduate assistant for me and has coached the offensive line with me,” Addazio said of the 2006 Indiana graduate. “He is a great young coach who has had a knack at forming great relationships with his players while developing outstanding offensive linemen. He’s coached some of the finest offensive linemen in the country that are currently great successes in the NFL and will continue the great tradition of offensive linemen at Boston College.

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Daughter of BC associate AD Barry Gallup dead of cancer at 26 12.20.12 at 5:22 pm ET
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Lisa Ann Gallup

Boston College associate athletic director Barry Gallup, a former BC football player and assistant coach and Northeastern head coach, lost his 26-year-old daughter to cancer on Wednesday, the school announced.

Lisa Ann Gallup, a former three-sport captain at Wellesley High School who went on to graduate from Boston College’s Connell School of Nursing in 2009, had been working as a night nurse in the medical intensive care unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Her memorial service is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the Wellesley Village Church.

Barry Gallup also lost a son, Darren Douglas Gallup, in 2003 when the 18-year-old who was bound to play football at Harvard died after crashing his car into a stone wall in Wellesley. Gallup has one other child, Barry Gallup Jr.

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Former UMass, Northeastern coach Don Brown named BC defensive coordinator 12.19.12 at 8:32 pm ET
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New Boston College football coach Steve Addazio named Don Brown defensive coordinator. Brown, a native of Spencer, was defensive coordinator at UConn the past two seasons. He’s been a head coach at UMass (2004-08) and Northeastern (2000-03).

“We’re very excited to have Don Brown joining our Boston College family,” Addazio said in a statement. “Don is a New England guy who has tremendous ties and relationships in the Northeast to go along with a great coaching resume. He’s been a head coach at Northeastern. He’s been a head coach at Plymouth State. He’s been a head coach at the University of Massachusetts. He’s had coordinator experience at Maryland in the ACC and comes to us having most recently served as the defensive coordinator at the University of Connecticut. He has tremendous character and is a great family man who is a perfect fit here at Boston College.”

Said Brown: “Coach Addazio has presented me with a great challenge — one that I am very excited about. I’m excited to be back in the ACC. The positive thing for me is that I’m a New England guy. I’m from Massachusetts. Coaching at Boston College has always been a wish of mine. I’m a firm believer that you play the game on the balls of your feet, not on your heels. From day one, we’re going to be aggressive. We’re going to attack the line of scrimmage. We’re going to get after the quarterback. We’re going to play with our hair on fire on defense. I’m a big believer in playing for tackles for loss and being disruptive and making life difficult for the quarterback. We’re going to attack. That’s the style of defense that I’ve employed. We’re going to fly around and attack the pass.”

Addazio also officially named Ryan Day offensive coordinator, confirming an appointment he announced at his introductory press conference. Day, who was a BC assistant coach from 2003-04 and 2007-11, assisted Addazio at Temple this past season.

“Ryan is one of the bright young minds in college football,” Addazio said. “He’s going to coach the quarterbacks and be the offensive coordinator. He’s so excited to be back and part of the Boston College family.  This is home for him.  He knows Boston College and he is thrilled to back.”

Day has a supporter in University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly.

“[Day] played for me and I coached with him,” Kelly said. “He was a great kid and one of the bright minds as well as one of the best players I have ever coached. I think he is one of the best young coaches in the country and it was just a matter of time before he was running the show, offensively, somewhere.”

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New BC football coach Steve Addazio: ‘This is my dream job’ 12.05.12 at 8:23 pm ET
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Steve Addazio met the media during his introductory press conference at BC. (John Quackenbos/BC)

New Boston College football coach Steve Addazio was introduced to the media at a Wednesday afternoon press conference. Courtesy of BC’s media relations department, following is a transcript of Addazio’s comments.


“Good afternoon. I want to thank you for coming out, this is truly a great day, and an exciting day. I am humbled and very honored to stand here today as your head football coach at Boston College. This is my dream job and I have spent my coaching life at a lot of great places.

“All the friends that know me, knew that I one day wanted to be here at Boston College. The messages I have been receiving — “We’re so happy for you,” “We knew this is where you wanted to be.” Two years ago I had a chance to come back to the Northeast in Philadelphia, which was great. Now I have a chance to come to New England, which is truly home, and we are ecstatic.

“My dream was to come to a university that was all about the family concept. I grew up in a strong family with strong faith and now I have the opportunity to now lead a football program within a tremendous family. My wife, our family, the catholic faith is the centerpiece of our lives.

“As you look at me, I haven’t missed any meals. To have the opportunity to go to the North End to enjoy a plate of macaroni is something I am looking forward to.

“My wife, Kathy, she has been my life. My daughter Nicole works at Georgetown and graduated from the University of Florida. My daughter Jessica will be graduating in May from Central Florida and wants to get into elementary education. My son Louie is a scholarship tight end at Syracuse, that’s my family. I have a dog named Bailey, a golden retriever that is completely out of control.

“I’m here for the long haul and I’m here to win championships. Win championships with class and honor, developing young men on and off the football field. I want to develop men that are going to leave BC one day to go make a difference in this world in a positive way. I’m a teacher, so it’s important to me to know that I can be a small piece in the development of a young man.

“Our football program is going to be about a lot more than just football. It’s going to be about family, academics and making a difference in people’s lives.

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BC LB Nick Clancy named All-ACC first team by coaches 12.05.12 at 11:09 am ET
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Nick Clancy

Boston College linebacker Nick Clancy was named to the All-ACC first team as voted on by the league’s 12 coaches, the ACC announced Wednesday morning. Wide receiver Alex Amidon and offensive tackle Emmett Cleary were named to the second team.

Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis and punter Gerald Levano earned honorable mention.

Last week, Clancy and Amidon were named first-team All-ACC by the league’s media, while Cleary was named to the second team and Pierre-Louis and Levano received honorable mention.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was named Player of the Year by the coaches, beating out North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard and Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Boyd also was named Offensive Player of the year, while Florida State defensive end Bjoern Wener was named Defensive Player of the Year. Miami running back Duke Johnson is the league’s Rookie of the Year. Duke’s David Cutcliffe was tabbed as Coach of the Year.

This is the first year the league has had the coaches select an all-star team.

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BC’s Nick Clancy ACC Linebacker of Week 11.19.12 at 2:22 pm ET
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Boston College senior Nick Clancy was named ACC Linebacker of the Week on Monday for his performance in Saturday’s 30-23 overtime loss to Virginia Tech.

Clancy, a 6-foot-3, 232-pounder from Plainfield, Ill., records 20 tackles (17 solo), including 2.5 tackles for loss, with two pass breakups.

Clancy is the league’s leading tackler with 127 in 11 games. He is the only ACC player this season with 20 tackles in a game, reaching the milestone twice. He recorded a career-high 24 tackles (14 solo) at Northwestern on Sept. 15, which led to his first ACC Linebacker of the Week award.

Boston College (2-9, 1-6 ACC) visits NC State (6-5, 2-4) on Saturday afternoon.

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BC ties for third nationally in graduation success rate 10.27.12 at 9:41 am ET
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Boston College tied with Northwestern for third in the nation for overall graduation success rate in all sports among Football Bowl Subdivision schools, the NCAA announced this week. BC totaled 97 percent, finishing behind only Notre Dame (99) and Duke (98).

The BC football team’s score of 94 was tied with Miami for tops in the ACC and third in the nation (behind Notre Dame and Northwestern, both at 97).

Seventeen BC teams had a perfect GSR score of 100.

To read more about BC’s accomplishment, click here. For more from the NCAA on GSR trends and statistics, click here.

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BC hockey coach Jerry York to fans: ‘Please don’t curse’ 10.25.12 at 11:58 am ET
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BC coach Jerry York watched his team unveil another championship banner Saturday night. (AP)

Boston College hockey coach Jerry York wrote a letter to the team’s fans through the school newspaper, The Heights. In the letter, York implored the students to continue their support but provide it in a classy manner.

The Eagles won their home opener on Saturday, 3-0 over Northeastern, on a night when they unveiled their 2012 national championship banner. The game was a sellout, with 7,884 fans on hand.

In his letter, York thanked the students for their support and noted that the team feeds off their energy.

Added York:

I write to challenge each of you. BC is a special place. As BC students you have amazing minds and great talents. When you support our team, I ask that you put your talents to work. Think creatively when joining together in unison to cheer on the Eagles. Think creatively when coming up with new chants and cheers. Continue to make things interesting for your fellow fans and inspiring for our team.

When doing so, we only ask that you use sound judgment in language. Please don’t curse. We travel to other arenas and hear things I never want to hear. Our hockey program belongs to BC. It belongs to the students, alums young and old, and fans alike. Game day at BC is where we join together in pride. It should be enjoyable for everyone.

BC, ranked third nationally, is 2-1 heading into Friday’s night game at UMass-Lowell. The Eagles host the River Hawks the following afternoon.

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BC last in ACC basketball media poll 10.18.12 at 9:30 am ET
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Boston College was predicted for a 12th-place finish by the media that covers ACC basketball during the league’s annual Operation Basketball event Wednesday. This follows a similar prediction from ACC coaches on Monday.

NC State was tabbed to finish first, ahead of Duke and North Carolina. It’s the first time since 1974 the Wolfpack received such a prediction from the media.

Here are the preseason rankings and All-ACC team from the 53 media members who voted.

1. NC State (26 first-place votes), 601 points
2. Duke (21), 589
3. North Carolina, 520
4. Florida State (6), 484
5. Miami, 436
6. Maryland, 341
7. Virginia, 287
8. Clemson, 277
9. Georgia Tech, 189
10. Virginia Tech, 169
11. Wake Forest, 151
12. Boston College, 90

Lorenzo Brown, NC State
C.J. Leslie, NC State
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina
Mason Plumlee, Duke
Michael Snaer, Florida State

C.J. Leslie, NC State

Rodney Purvis, NC State

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