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BC rally falls short at Wake Forest; Northeastern, Harvard pick up road wins 01.12.13 at 6:50 pm ET
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Wake Forest guard C.J. Harris scored 29 points on 10-of-13 shooting, and the Demon Deacons held off a late Boston College rally for a 75-72 victory Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Lonnie Jackson scored 23 points to lead the way for BC (9-7, 1-2 ACC). Olivier Hanlan scored 18, and Ryan Anderson record his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

BC trailed by 10 points with 5:47 remaining before embarking on a 13-4 run, capped by a three-point play from Hanlan with just under two minutes remaining. That got the Eagles within one at 71-70. After a BC defensive breakdown led to a layup for Wake point guard Madison Jones, Joe Rahon hit two free throws to get BC back within a point, 73-72.

Following a Wake miss, BC turned over the ball, but the Demon Deacons (9-6, 2-1) returned the favor with an offensive foul on a moving pick. BC regained possession with 19.5 seconds left. BC got the ball to Rahon, but the guard could not finish his strong drive to the basket, making him 0-for-7.

Harris hit two free throws with 4.1 seconds left to make it 75-72. On BC’s ensuing inbounds pass, Wake’s Travis McKie (18 points) stole it just over midcourt, but apparently thinking the game was over, he started walking with the basketball toward the sideline. That gave BC another chance with 1.5 seconds left. The inbounds pass went to Hanlan, and his contested 3-pointer at the buzzer fell short.

BC next hosts Miami on Wednesday.

In other college basketball action involving local teams Saturday, Northeastern continued its hot start in conference play with a 70-59 victory at Towson as Joel Smith scored 21 points. The Huskies (9-7, 4-0 Colonial Athletic Association) trailed 25-13 with 8:16 left in the first half but closed the period on a 26-8 run to take control. NU is off to its best conference start since beginning 6-0 in 2008-09.

In Hanover, N.H., Harvard closed the game on a 17-2 run for a 75-65 victory over pesky Dartmouth as the Crimson began defense of their Ivy League championship. Siyani Chambers scored 22 points, Wesley Saunders netted 19, and both players had six assists. Harvard (9-2, 1-0 Ivy) shot a blistering 62.8 percent from the field and held the hosts to two points over the game’s final 9:25.

At Boston University, the Terriers got 16 points and seven assists from D.J. Irving in an 85-59 victory over Binghamton. John Papale added 14 points and nine rebounds for BU (8-9, 2-2 America East).

In Bethlehem, Pa., Holy Cross’ Justin Burrell scored 16 points, but the Crusaders could not keep up with Lehigh, falling 79-47 in their Patriot League opener. Lehigh, despite missing standout guard C.J. McCollum (broken foot), went on a 14-0 run late in the first half to take command, then shot 66.7 percent in the second half to pull away from HC (8-8).

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BC hockey coach Jerry York to miss key weekend series vs. UNH after eye surgery 01.11.13 at 1:36 pm ET
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Boston College hockey coach Jerry York will miss the team’s weekend series against New Hampshire after having outpatient eye surgery to repair a detached retina, the school announced Thursday.

The second-ranked Eagles host No. 4 UNH on Friday night and then visit the Wildcats on Saturday night.

Associate head coaches Mike Cavanaugh and Greg Brown will lead the team in York’s absence.

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BC guard Joe Rahon named ACC Rookie of Week 01.07.13 at 4:04 pm ET
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Boston College guard Joe Rahon was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday.

Rahon scored 24 points in a 79-58 win over Dartmouth last Monday, hitting 7-of-8 shots — including 6-of-6 from 3-point range — and all four of his free throws and adding five assists. He then had 18 points in a 78-73 loss to 23rd-ranked NC State on Saturday.

Rahon is seventh in the ACC in assists per game at 4.1.

BC (8-6, 0-1 ACC) next plays at Virginia Tech on Wednesday and at Wake Forest on Saturday.

Across town, Harvard guard Siyani Chambers was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the third time. Chamber hit all five of his shots in a 16-point, seven-assist effort vs. St. Mary’s on Monday, then had 14 points and 10 assists in Saturday’s rout of Rice.

Chambers, averaging 12.6 points per game, leads the Ivy League with 6.0 assists per game. He also leads the league in free throw shooting percentage (.898) and is second in minutes per game (37.4).

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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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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).

‘€œWe’€™re very excited to have Don Brown joining our Boston College family,’€ Addazio said in a statement. ‘€œDon 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: ‘€œCoach 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.

‘€œRyan is one of the bright young minds in college football,’€ Addazio said. ‘€œHe’€™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.

‘€œ[Day] played for me and I coached with him,’€ Kelly said. ‘€œHe 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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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.

INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT

“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 — ‘€œWe’€™re so happy for you,’€ ‘€œWe 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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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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