Now is the time of year that we typically (and by "typically" I mean we did it this way last year) give out end of the year grades. This year, we will give out grades to Jerry York, Steve Donahue, GDF, and all of the coaches on the football team. Get ready Superfans, this might not be pretty... First up, Jerry York!
Easiest grade out there. Rarely do you have a situation in a sport where the best coach out there is also the classiest coach out there. It seems like a lot of the "hot" coaches in sports right now, whether that be NFL, MLB, or college football, are young guys who like to yell a lot and get in people's faces. There's no doubt that there's a time and place for that in sports, but that type of ultra-aggressive attitude just isn't York's style.
In a season where this team was supposed to struggle early and often, York had his guys ready to play from the start of the season, opening with a jaw-dropping 8-1. The wheels started coming off a little in early November when the team hit a rough 4-5 kid, dropping games to ND, BU (x2), Massachusetts, and UMass Lowell. Hopefully the Christmas break allowed the guys to get their legs back under them as they undertake Michigan tonight.
I know that some people will argue that the team's struggle in the month of November should be counted against York, but honestly this team is way ahead of where we thought it would be at the start of the year. Again, some fans will be a little down on the fact that last year's team was bounced in the first round of the tournament, but if you play in enough tournaments, those types of things will happen. Hockey is a lot like baseball in that a terrible team can beat a great team on just about any given night given the right bounces of the puck. As long as York's teams don't make a habit of coming into the tournament flat, I don't see how fans can hold a sporadic early exit against him.
We have the best hockey program in the country combined with one of the best hockey coaches in NCAA history. It's a great time to be a BC hockey fan.