Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Head Coach Profiles: Pat Narduzzi

The big news today is that the ACC elected to add Louisville instead of either UConn or Cincinnati.  I think this was a shrewd move because Louisville was the most likely Big East team to be invited to another major conference.  This leaves the ACC with two back-up schools (see what I did there?) in case the SEC succeeds in attracting FSU and Clemson.  Frankly I don't know why FSU would even want to move to the SEC.  Their odds of winning a national championship are significantly better in the ACC.  Did I mention that Louisville hasn't sued Father Leahy?

With all of that out of the way let's discuss Pat Narduzzi.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Head Coach Profiles: Pete Carmichael Jr.

Adam Schefter is reporting that BC grad Pete Carmichael, Jr. is on BC's radar.  Carmichael is likely the only BC grad who will be seriously considered in the head coaching search and his name has been kicked around as a possible replacement for Spaz for quite some time.  The BC coaching job would likely be a welcome reprieve from the circus that the Saints have become this season.

Head Coach Profiles: Dave Doeren

The list of head coaching candidates seems to be in a constant state of flux right now.  I still think that we are going to end up with Bob Diaco but I want to spend a few days talking about some of the under-the-radar candidates who might get more consideration if BC's first-tier guys say no.  First up is Northern Illinois' Dave Doeren.

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Look Back at the Spaz Era

There's a lot to talk about today in the BC sports world.  The men's basketball team appears to be regressing.  Various names are being thrown out as potential football coaches.  The men's hockey team is gearing up for BU this weekend.  I will begin posting profiles of potential head coaching candidates over the next few days as candidates begin to emerge.  Today, I want to take a look back at the Spaz saga and to put into perspective just how much of a train-wreck the past four years have been. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

We desperately need to become relevant again

BC athletics is in full swing right now, with all three major sports seeing action.  Football lost in overtime to a Virginia Tech team that is frankly pretty terrible.  Frank Spaziani is painfully awkward to watch at this point.  Tech had the ball on the BC 20, and referee decided to approach the BC sidelines to explain a ball spot to Spaz.  Sprinting over to the BC sideline, he asked where he could find Spaz, and the assistants simply pointed to the other end zone.  Sure enough, Spaz was facing away from the action on the Tech 30, completely oblivious to what was going on.  He isn't even hiding the fact that he's asleep at the wheel right now.  This man should have been gone last year.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

BC Begins Season with a W

BC beat down FIU 84-70 in an impressive debut that showed just how far the team has come in the off-season.  BC opened a 16 point lead at the half, only to squander the lead during a mind-blowing 12 minutes during which the Eagles looked like last-year's squad.  The offense seems to be much improved.  The team looks like it has a plan with every possession, and can rack up points even if the shots behind the arc are not falling.  The team had far more success in the paint Sunday than at any point last season.  Defensively, we have some serious issues guarding the perimeter. 

I don't want to take too much from one game, but I liked what I saw yesterday.  The Baylor game is more likely to be a better barometer of where this team is, so we should know more about how this season is going to shake out on Wednesday.  In the meantime, these are my snap impressions.

Friday, November 9, 2012

What to Look for Sunday

As we get closer to Sunday's season opener, most fans are still in shock over the Daniels' departure.  It was interesting to hear Donahue say that Daniels felt that he was going to get less playing time than both Rahon and Hanlan.  If you're trying to split up 80 minutes for two guards, 20 minutes apiece isn't going to cut it for long.  You could give 25 to each of Jackson, Hanlan, and Rahon, but that leaves Daniels with only 5.  Daniels can't compete for playing time with Jackson because Daniels can't play the 2.  It's easy to see how this situation devolved so quickly.  I want to address some of the other players as we look forward to Sunday.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Open Letter to Men's Basketball Team

Men's Basketball Team:

Congratulations on beginning another year of ACC basketball.  This is the most excited I have been for a basketball season since 2009.  I am looking forward to seeing the progress you have made, and I have every confidence that this team will continue to represent Boston College extremely well both on and off the court.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Daniels Departure Leaves Void

The departure of Lonnie Daniels certainly caught the BC community off guard today.  Daniels, a returning starter from last season was supposedly in the middle of a tough competition for his job with newcomer Hanlan.  His departure leaves BC with only three real ball handlers, Hanlan, Rahon, and Heckmann. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

ESPN Bearish on ACC

Joe Lunardi posted his preseason bracket today over on ESPN.  He currently shows just five NCAA berths for the ACC, contributing to the general consensus that the ACC will have a "down year."  While I think that the conference will probably get at least six berths, a weaker conference will certainly help the baby eagles gain some confidence during conference play.  NC State, North Carolina, Duke, FSU, and Miami are all likely to be in according to Lunardi.  No ACC schools appear on either the "first four out" or the "next four out" lists.  I would love to see BC win closer to 50% of its conference games this year.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Idea for New Pre-Season Tournament

BC typically participates in an early-season tournament to get its feet wet and gear up for the season.  Pre-season tournaments allow schools like BC to put a few easy wins under their belts while allowing lesser schools to test their prowess against top-level competition.  As excited as I am about the Charleston Classic (not very), I think it would be way more fun to have an old-school, CYO-style Catholic tournament.