|Freshmen lead BC basketball to exhibition win over AIC||11.05.11 at 7:48 pm ET|
Freshman Dennis Clifford hit 8-of-9 baskets and finished with 17 points as Boston College held off Division 2 AIC, 70-66, in an exhibition game Saturday afternoon in Chestnut Hill.
Patrick Heckmann added 16 points for the Eagles, while fellow rookie Ryan Anderson had a team -high seven rebounds.
Graduate student John Cahill went 3-for-3 on 3-pointers, hitting a pair late in the first half for a 33-21 lead at the break. The Eagles led by 10 with 2:51 left before AIC closed the game on an 8-2 run.
BC opens the season Nov. 14 with a home game against New Hampshire.
|BC basketball gets verbal commitment from PG Olivier Hanlan||10.26.11 at 8:18 am ET|
Olivier Hanlan, a highly regarded 6-foot-3 point guard from Canada who is prepping at New Hampton in New Hampshire, gave a verbal commitment to Boston College coach Steve Donahue Tuesday night.
A native of Gatineau, Quebec, Hanlan also reportedly was considering Virginia, Dayton and Rice.
“I just really liked my visit. I felt really comfortable with all the coaches, especially with coach Donahue,” Hanlan told ESPN. “They’ve been recruiting me since last winter, and when I sat down with my family to think about it, that’s what it came down to, that and the style of play. Even my old coach from Canada was saying the style of play would fit me perfectly.”
Last week, BC got a verbal commitment from another point guard, 6-1 Joe Rahon of San Diego’s Torrey Pines High School.
|BC coach Frank Spaziani: ‘We have a leadership issue’||10.05.11 at 4:31 pm ET|
With the Boston College football team off to a 1-4 start, coach Frank Spaziani addressed his team’s struggles Wednesday on the weekly ACC coaches conference call.
“We are who we are and we never have excuses,” Spaziani said. “We have had some — what usually happens when you struggle. We have a leadership issue. We have very few upperclass seniors on the team. We have had the ones that were upperclass injured and hurt. And we have had guys in and out of the lineup, and we have had an inconsistency in our practice schedules that has shown up and manifested itself in the games.
“Once again, they are realities and nothing that we didn’t expect or obviously there’s some different things that happened that no one expected. But injuries that came, you know they are going to happen. You just are not sure who it’s going to happen. So everybody is going have them and you have to work through the problems.”
Despite Saturday’s 27-19 home loss to Wake Forest, Spaziani insisted the team is showing signs of progress at it prepares for a meeting with eighth-ranked Clemson on the road Saturday.
“We are getting better,” Spaziani said. “Let me just say that, all right and once again, the record is what it is. But there’s improvement. The young players that are playing are getting better. The players are working hard. There’s a tremendous attitude. And we go one game at a time. You know, the whole idea from the beginning, and this is not a revelation for programs, but is to get better as the season goes along. We always are looking to get better week to week.”
Following are more highlights from the interview.
On if he resigned himself to the fact that the Eagles need to play a certain style in an attempt to win close games: “Resign yourself is not the term that I would have used. We look at our squad, and we looked at it in preseason and we looked at it in summer and we looked at it as we are going along. We are always evaluating how we have to play to maximize our chances to win, and we knew we had to play different coming in in some ways, and as things have unfolded, you know, that’s — we have not quite met the challenge doing that. We understand that we have to make some adjustments.”
|Notre Dame to join Hockey East||10.05.11 at 4:07 pm ET|
The Boston College-Notre Dame rivalry will soon heat up on the ice. Notre Dame announced Wednesday that it will be leaving the Central Collegiate Hockey Association for Hockey East, beginning with the 2013-14 season.
The Irish have been in the CCHA since 1992, but the western conferences are being shaken up since the announcement of the new Big Ten for hockey, set to begin in 2013-14 as well. At least 18 of the 58 teams in Division 1 will change conferences in the next two years.
|Luke Kuechly named ACC Linebacker of the Week||09.06.11 at 1:17 pm ET|
Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly was named ACC Linebacker of the Week Tuesday after making 19 tackles and intercepting a pass in the Eagles’ 24-17 loss to Northwestern on Saturday. Kuechly, a junior, has recorded 10 or more tackles in 23 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the nation.
|Singer Kenny Chesney visits with BC football team||08.26.11 at 1:30 pm ET|
Country singer Kenny Chesney, in town to perform two shows at Gillette Stadium over the weekend, stopped by for a chat with the Boston College football team Friday morning in a visit arranged by athletic director Gene DeFilippo.
Coach Frank Spaziani played Chesney’s football-themed music video “The Boys of Fall” during a morning meeting and then surprised the team by introducing Chesney, who received a standing ovation (along with a BC hat and football jersey). According to BC release, Chesney spoke to the team about the importance of personal sacrifice in order to achieve team goals.
|BC loses another DB as Dominick LeGrande will transfer||08.26.11 at 11:52 am ET|
Days after junior free safety Okechukwu Okoroha was dismissed from the Boston College football team for disciplinary reasons, coach Frank Spaziani announced Friday morning that senior strong safety Dominick LeGrande has decided to transfer.
Both Okoroha and LeGrande were expected to be starters this season, leaving the Eagles thin at the position as they prepare for the Sept. 3 opener vs. Northwestern.
LeGrande played in 11 games last season, recording 21 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He had three tackles (two solo) vs. Nevada in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
Okoroha played all 13 games last season, starting the final six.
|BC releases basketball schedule: Trip to Anaheim highlights early season||08.24.11 at 4:22 pm ET|
Boston College will give its four Southern California recruits a chance to play before family and friends in November when the Eagles play in the 76 Classic in Anaheim. BC will play three games in the tournament, opening with St. Louis on Nov. 24.
The young Eagles (nine of the 14 players are freshmen) open the season Nov. 14 at home against New Hampshire. The nonconference slate includes contests at Holy Cross and Providence, and home games against New England opponents UMass, Boston University, Harvard and Rhode Island. BC will attempt to remain undefeated in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge when it hosts Penn State on Nov. 30.
Here is the complete schedule:
Monday, Nov. 14, vs. New Hampshire, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 18, at Holy Cross, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 21, vs. UMass, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 24, vs. St. Louis (76 Classic at Anaheim, Calif.), 2 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 25, vs. UC-Riverside/Villanova (76 Classic at Anaheim, Calif.), TBA
Sunday, Nov. 27, vs. TBA (76 Classic at Anaheim, Calif.), TBA
Wednesday, Nov. 30, vs. Penn State (Big Ten/ACC Challenge), 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3, vs. Boston University, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 8, at Providence, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11, vs. Stony Brook, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 18, vs. Bryant, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 21, vs. Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 29, vs. Harvard, 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 2, vs. Rhode Island, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 7, at North Carolina, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 12, vs. Clemson, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 14, vs. Virginia Tech, TBA
Thursday, Jan. 19, at NC State, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21, vs. Wake Forest, noon
Thursday, Jan. 26, at Virginia, 9 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 29, vs. Miami, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 1, vs. NC State, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4, at Georgia Tech, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 8, vs. Florida State, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12, at Virginia Tech, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 16, at Maryland, 9 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19, vs. Duke, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, at Wake Forest, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 29, vs. Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, at Miami, 2:30 p.m.
March 8-11, at ACC championship (Atlanta)
|BC basketball hires Izzi Metz||08.24.11 at 2:09 pm ET|
Izzi Metz, who was head coach at Hobard the past five seasons, was named director of basketball operations by Boston College coach Steve Donahue. Before his stint at Hobart, Metz was an assistant under Donahue at Cornell for five years.
Metz went 69-62 at Hobart, his alma mater, and guided the Statesmen to a 21-7 record and the Liberty League regular-season title last season, setting a school record for wins in a season.
At BC, Metz moves into the role filled last season by Woody Kampmann, who was promoted to assistant coach this month.
|Luke Kuechly, Montel Harris preseason All-ACC||07.27.11 at 1:42 pm ET|
Two Boston College players were named to the preseason All-ACC team as announced by the league Wednesday. All-America linebacker Luke Kuechly and running back Montel Harris are the two Eagles on the squad.
Earlier in the week, Harris was voted by the media as the leading candidate to win ACC Player of the Year, with Kuechly finishing third. However, the Eagles were predicted to finish fourth in the ACC’s Atlantic Division, behind top choice Florida State, Clemson and NC State.
Virginia Tech is the favorite in the Coastal Division, followed by Miami, North Carolina and Georgia Tech.