Boston College Daily Links: Is ESPN The Force Behind Realignment?

Is ESPN the main force behind realignment in college sports? (USATODAY.com)
DeFilippo gave at least momentary voice to suspicions that ESPN, the sole TV rights holder in the ACC, is nudging realignment in the direction of its choice — a notion ESPN dismisses as myth.

ACC Football Power Rankings, Oct. 31 (ACC Sports Journal)
11. Boston College (2-6, 1-4). The Eagles got their first win over an FBS team and found a new workhorse in the process. Rolandan Finch turned 39 carries into 243 yards and two touchdowns in BC’s upset of Maryland. That will go down as one of the best individual games of any player in the ACC this year.

How good is Florida State? (ESPN ACC Blog)
There's no question the Noles are a better team than they were the day they played Wake Forest, but how much better? Is this the team many were expecting to contend for the national title? Or is Florida State's recent success merely a byproduct of the lesser competition it has faced in recent weeks? It's a combination of both. A few points to consider.

Weekend rewind: ACC (ESPN ACC Blog)
Florida State at Boston College: The Seminoles are the better team, but BC has home-field advantage, has shown improvement in each of the past few weeks, and should be feeling good after a win at Maryland. It’s a Thursday night game in which anything can happen, but there’s no question the Eagles will have to look like a different team in order to surprise Florida State. Facing the No. 4 rushing defense in the country, BC will need more than Finch.

On Randy Edsall and the Future of Maryland Football (Testudo Times)
Great read on the mess down in College Park.

Q&A With BC Coach Steve Donahue (ACC Sports Journal)
"Matt definitely has the potential. If someone’s going to average 15 a game, Matt Humphey’s got that opportunity. Now Matt’s got to be consistent in his approach, too. I think he’s beneifited with us for a year and to be honest with you, from being around guys that we feel are good fits. So he’s learning, I think, from the other guys as well. He’s a very talented player. He really knows how to score, knows how to get people involved, plays defense, is competitive. I think the thing with Matt is he’s got to give consistent effort every day."

David Glenn On: Boston College Basketball (ACC Sports Journal)
The most interesting of the freshmen may be Patrick Heckmann, who joins the team from Germany. Heckmann has a lot of experience playing international ball and has received high praise from ESPN international analyst Fran Fraschilla. Point guard Jordan Daniels (ball-handling), wing guard Lonnie Jackson (scoring), wing forward Eddie Odio (athleticism) and center KC Caudill (bulk) also bring specific, helpful skills to the table.

Jeff Goodman on Twitter @GoodmanCBS
Seton Hall took care of Boston College - per source. Herb Pope was impressive while Oregon transfer Matt Humphrey went off for BC.

Gaudreau Earns Hockey East Rookie Of The Week Accolades (BCEagles.com)
Boston College freshman forward Johnny Gaudreau has earned Hockey East Association Rookie of the Week honors after scoring one goal in each of two league wins over UMass-Lowell last weekend, according to a league announcement made on Monday.

Alison Foley's 200th Win Reflects Program She's Built (BCEagles.com)
Even though it was the 200th win of her career, women’s soccer head coach Alison Foley regards her team’s 2-0 victory over No. 7 Wake Forest on Oct. 28 as so much more than that.

Boston College's Wagner Named ACC Women's Soccer Player of the Week (TheACC.com)
Boston College sophomore midfielder Gibby Wagner has been named the final Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for the 2011 season. Wagner led the way Thursday night as the Eagles scored a 2-0 win over No. 7 Wake Forest, a victory that assured them of hosting Sunday’s ACC Championship quarterfinal.

Eagles Take Fourth at Pat Bradley Invitational (BCEagles.com)
The women's golf team finished their season at the Pat Bradley Invitational where they finished fourth out of fifteen teams. The team shot a combined 909, +45 on the par-72 course in three rounds of play. The team's first round score of 300 was the best of the day.

M. Tennis's Muppidi Excels at Crimson Tide Invitational (BCEagles.com)
In the last fall tournament of the season, senior Akash Muppidi played his best, winning his flight at the Crimson Tide Invitational hosted by Alabama over the weekend. The two-seed in the bracket, he tallied five victories to close out the fall.

 

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