The interview with Gene DeFilippo went outstanding. I met with him for nearly an hour, and then he fed me over to the head of ticketing, Greg Lynch, so that I could discuss some of BC's ideas on how to sell out Alumni Stadium this year. I will make Greg Lynch the subject of another post because I was very impressed by what he is bringing to BC, but it suffices to say that a man who can sell tickets to Lions games can make a killing here in Chestnut Hill.
GDF's office was absolutely incredible. I've been in both Father Leahy's office and now GDF's, and I have to say that GDF has Father beat hands down. I really was shocked at how accommodating GDF was to myself and this blog, and I'm sure he had better things to do today than to give a small-time blog access to his office for an hour. I'm really, really thankful for the opportunity and I hope you guys enjoy the interview.
Thanks so much for doing this for us today. Let's start you off with a really difficult question. When do you plan on renaming Conte Forum King York's Palace?
King York's Palace??? (laughs) You know what, I think we'll leave it Conte Forum for now but nobody, I don't think, has done more to show how much we appreciate the present and the past than us. Being a lover of football, you see every Saturday, between the first and second quarters we introduce a former player. We've retired numbers. We've retired jersey's. We've hung banners in our arena and football stadium and we'll get to do those things in the future. You know, that's a neat question and I've got some thoughts on that too.
Will we see another Ice Jam next year?
Yes, we'll see another Ice Jam. I thought it was a terrific success. Our staff did a phenomenal job with it and it will be a yearly event...
With Vanilla Ice?
I don't know if Vanilla Ice will be back this year. We'll have to see, but we might do something a little bit new...
So one of the debates we've been having is which will happen first, an ACC championship in basketball or an ACC Championship in football?
I never predict anything but I know this; this has been the best decade in Boston College's history. If you take a look at the numbers, from 1980-1990 our football team was 62-52. From 1990-2000 we were 57-57. And now, from 2000-2010 we've been 88-40. The same is true for basketball, men's soccer, women's soccer, and women's ice hockey. This is the greatest decade in Boston College's athletic history.
Everything's possible. Let's not just limit it to an ACC Championship but let's think about being Butler or George Mason. If those two institutions can get to the final four three times, we certainly can.
We noticed that the spring depth chart hasn't been released yet for football. Is there going to be a spring depth chart released at some point?
I don't know. Spaz is experimenting with some people and trying some people at different positions so at some point he might release a depth chart but before the fall everyone will know what's going on. (inaudible)
Let's talk about the hiring of Rogers. How much of that was you doing the interview process and how much of that was Spaz going out and finding a guy he really wanted.
Spaz is the head coach. I did not interview Kevin Rogers. I did not interview any of the candidates. This is Spaz's team and he has to hire a staff that he feels comfortable with. What I did is I was able to come up with the money where I was able to pay the person that he hired. Good coaches don't come cheap. They don't. So Kevin didn't come cheap but he is a great football coach and he is a great, great person and he'll do a terrific job here.
People sometimes think that I'm involved here or there but I didn't interview one of the candidates. This is Spaz's team and he's the one who has to be comfortable so he's the one who did all of the interviewing.
In terms of the defense, it seems like the linebackers get a lot of the attention nationally, but that the scheme itself runs around good tackles from the corners. How excited does it make you that BC was finally able to sign a blue-chip CB?
Well, I'm not sure that's accurate. In fact, I'm sure that's not accurate. Everybody on defense has a job to do and the defensive linemen have to control one of the gaps and keep the offensive linemen off the linebackers. Our corners have to be cover corners, particularly the corner to the wide side of the field. The other corner, to the boundary, is more of a forced-to-play-inside type of corner. So that's not truly accurate. Everybody has a job to do and when all eleven people are doing their job we're pretty good. To be candid, we've been awful good on defense for the past 12 years around here since Frank Spaziani's either had control of it, or now as head coach has his hand in it.
Was the decision to burn Chase Rettig's red shirt solely Spaz's as well?
Spaz made that decision. He makes all the decisions as to who we're going to red shirt and who we're not. Do we talk about those things? Absolutely. I mean do Theo Epstein and Terry Francona talk about things? Of course they do! But, when it comes to taking a pitcher in and out of a game, Terry runs the game. Spaz and I talk about things but when it comes to calling plays or who's going to play, Spaz decides things.
So has he given you any indication as to how many red shirts we might see handed out this year?
We have no idea how many red shirts will be handed out this year because we haven't had a chance to see any of the players. They come in for the second session of summer school and we can't even watch them then. Only the strength coach and the trainers can be out there. When we start practice...And the other thing is that you don't even know then. Let's say you have one position and you have two or three injuries at that position. Well, then you have to take someone out of a red shirt even though you don't want to. You can't always do what you want to. It's just a plan. You have to go along and see how things work out.
Part II to come tomorrow. Read up on GDF's take on the basketball program and some of our reader questions...