Monday, March 31, 2014

Old Friend John Muse

On his way to the NHL ....

BC to the Frozen Four Again

I should know better than to doubt Coach York.  But after only playing 4 games in 34 days, I was concerned that the team would be rusty and not up for the challenge of the NCAA tournament.  Boy, was I wrong.   For the 11th time in 17 years (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014), our Eagles advanced to the Frozen Four where they have a very good chance of bringing home National Championship #6.  Since BC's recent titles in 2008, 2010 and 2012 have occurred in even numbered years, there would be poetic justice to add 2014 to the title list. 

The final few minutes of yesterday's game were stressful. Check out the final minutes here:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Gaudreaus

From today's NY Times. I sure do hope he takes his mom's advices:

Gaudreau is now wrestling with what to do at the end of this season. He enjoys college life and playing with his brother, but has little left to accomplish at the collegiate level, especially if Boston College wins another national championship.

The Flames are telling Gaudreau to focus on the coming tournaments and then make the decision. Gaudreau’s mother would like to see her son finish college and graduate, and he said his mother usually prevailed in these kinds of things.

“I don’t think he gets it that when you go out there, it’s not going to be all fun anymore,” Jane Gaudreau said.
“I don’t think he gets he may be taking the spot of someone who has a wife and three kids.”

She added: “As his mom, I’d like to see him take one more year to get a little bigger, a little stronger, and to enjoy his senior year. He’s never had a homecoming. He’s never had a prom. He missed his high school graduation. He said he’d have a graduation picture for me.

“Have your senior year. You will never get that back.”

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Walter McCarty - BC Coaching Candidate?

From today's Boston Herald:

WALTHAM — The list of candidates for the head basketball coach’s position at Boston College includes Walter McCarty, the Herald has learned.

And the Celtics assistant coach acknowledged yesterday he is intent on exploring the possibility.
“I’m very interested,” said McCarty, who spent 71⁄2 years as a player for the Celts. “I want to be highly considered. I love the city. I have great ties in the city. I have a great foundation here, especially with recruiting.

“If you look at Louisville’s 2013 national championship team, four of those five starters were my guys. So I’m very confident in my ability to coach and lead a program. I think that I’m ready.”
After retiring from active duty, McCarty spent three years as an assistant under Rick Pitino in Louisville and moved back to the NBA for one year as an assistant for the Pacers.
Boston College’s basketball fortunes have fallen in recent years, and McCarty said he would relish the opportunity to return it to prominence at a school more known for its football and hockey programs.

“This city loves basketball, and that’s a great university,” McCarty said. “I think the people in the area and the students can be re-engaged with the basketball program. There’s a good fan base. It just needs to be revived and be resurrected with the right person in place who can re-engage the community, who can engage the fan base and bring them back together.

“And it also has to be a person who can bring players to campus who will be a part of not just the program, but the community. I think if you bring the right type of players here and put a good product on the floor, you can do that.”

Jerry York's First National Championship in 1984

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mark Blaudschun

I usually like Mark Blaudschun.  But there are so many inaccuracies in this article about the culture at Boston College.    He has no clue about many things in the article (like Admissions) but he is really off base when he says:

"What Duke and Harvard do is make sure that once you get into school you can survive. Multiple academic advisors are available around the basketball program.

So why not take a kid who does not meet the academic requirements of the school and give them the support they need, especially if he is a first-team All American point guard or NBA lottery type player.
BC needs to lower its admissions to get better players, while increasing its support system."

First,  BC DOES accept student-athletes that do not meet the academic requirements of the non student-athlete.

Next, it is very difficult to be a student-athlete at an academic institution like Boston College.   But BC does a great job of providing our student-athletes with academic  resources (tutors, advisers etc) only available to student-athletes. I know many of these people in the Learning Resources for Student Athletes Department at BC.   It is a fantastic department which provides tremendous support to our student-athletes.

I wish the media would get their facts straight before publishing a story of half truths.

Lastly, is Mr. Blaudschun Tommy Amaker's agent?   Reading his recent articles, it certainly appears to be the case.

Visitor To BC Practice Today - Can He Suit Up On Saturday? Brian Gionta!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Obama Is With Putin!

And to think I was criticizing our leader for a weekend in the Florida Keys:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Go BU!

We need to root hard for BU to upset Notre Dame tonight or else BC is in for one tough quarterfinals playoff vs. Notre Dame.   I cannot remember such a difficult matchup for the right to get to the Garden on March 21st.

The Case of Johnny Gaudreau For Hobey