Boston College defense shows progress (The Boston Globe)
Williams, who had become the starter after Montel Harris was sidelined for a month following arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday, had shown some early flash with 42 yards on seven carries, including a slashing 18-yard burst. Spaziani was cautious about giving a prognosis on Williams. "We’ll see tomorrow,’’ he said. "As long he doesn’t go square dancing tonight.’’
Eagles backfield takes another hit (BostonHerald.com)
Left guard Nate Richman remains out with a back injury. "We’re moving forward with the thought of him as a bonus." said Spaziani. "We love Nate, we’re a better football team with him in there. But you’ve got to practice; the cohesiveness has to be there."
BC hungry for more ‘D’ (BostonHerald.com)
"The D-line, we’re not getting enough," said Spaziani. "Ramsey hasn’t practiced and that’ll help when he comes back, but the other guys have not crossed the line over to the area that we need. And some of the young guys, they’re good players but they’re physically behind."
Pierre-Louis banged up (Boston Herald On Campus Blog)
"But as far as the defense goes (coordinator Bill McGovern) said he looked back at the scrimmages last year and we had some of the same mental mistakes and technical things we did wrong last year at this point. Any time you give up 400 yards, there’s something wrong. But there are just some things we need to tighten up. They aren’t things we can’t fix, we just need to tighten up some things – a jam here, staying in the gap there. It’s smaller things as opposed to any gaping problems."
LB Brown happy to be back in town (ESPN Boston)
Brown signed with the Patriots on Saturday, adding depth to a linebacking corps that has been thinned by injuries. He first started playing the position at BC, making the transition from defensive back. Brown opened his BC career playing behind Brian Flores, who is currently a Patriots assistant coach, and got his first start in the 2003 Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl when Flores was injured. Now the two are reunited.
BC’s Montel Harris ‘taking it slow’ (BostonHerald.com)
"I’m taking it slow right now," he said. "It’s been only two days since I had the surgery. I’m walking around on it, but I’m still using the crutches because I’m not sure if trying to come back last time too early could have caused a tear. I’m making sure that I take my time, but not too much time. Just take each step. Maybe in a couple of days I’ll start biking and rehabbing, then in another week or two jogging and build up like that."
Valley’s Jackson commits to Boston College (LoudounTimes.com)
"Harrison is a great person, first and foremost. I think that was a big factor in Boston College’s offer," Loudoun Valley coach Danny McGrath said. "He is a young man who has plenty of potential and competitive drive that will make him successful at the next level."
Boston College recruit Matheson generating buzz (Hockey Journal)
At 6-foot-1 and a shade over 170 pounds, he has a lot of growing to do, but under the tutelage of coaching legend Jerry York (Watertown, Mass.), is the kind of player who is expected to thrive in the crucible of the Hockey East. With his excellent mobility and strong passing ability, Matheson could develop into a standout student athlete in a short period of time.
Roundtable Preview: Atlantic Division (ACC Blogger)
Even if Rettig improves, which I believe he will, the schedule is an absolute nightmare. They end the season with five road games in the last seven games. The two home games are Florida State and NC State. There are no breaks for the Eagles the last half of the season. If they finish 9-3, Spaziani should be ACC Coach of the Year. That’s the best I can see them doing with that schedule, and that’s if everything and I mean everything goes right for them.
‘Super conferences’ the wrong path for college football (BostonHerald.com)
The overriding issue in these parts is how an A&M-SEC marriage would affect the ACC. Many media continue to mention Virginia Tech as a logical 14th for the SEC — 13 teams are untenable for scheduling and divisions — should A&M jump, but Tech officials insist they are committed to the ACC. As well they should be. ACC membership is the best thing to happen to the Hokies since Frank Beamer. If not Virginia Tech, would the SEC poach a school — think Florida State, Clemson or Georgia Tech — from a state in which the conference already is represented? If so, would the ACC approach Syracuse, an original expansion target in 2003? Would the Orange listen after being ditched at the altar?