Boston College Daily Links: We're (Still) No. 31!

Boston College Ranked 31st By U.S. News Survey (BC.edu)
Boston College placed 31st among national universities in the U.S. News & World Report survey for 2012, retaining its ranking from last year. The University was bolstered by an improved showing in faculty resources, a strong assessment from high school guidance counselors, who placed BC 26th overall, and improvements in the average alumni giving rate.

ACC Sets the Standard Among BCS Conferences in Latest US News & World Report 'Best Colleges' Rankings (TheACC.com)
The member institutions of the Atlantic Coast Conference lead the way among Bowl Championship Series Conferences in the latest "Best Colleges" rankings released today by US News & World Report. ACC member institutions rank on average 49.2, marking the sixth time in the last seven years that the ACC has led all BCS conferences.

Boston College moving on with new offensive coordinator Dave Brock (Boston Globe)
BC has gone through a tumultuous period in which it has had three head coaches - O’Brien, Jeff Jagodzinski, and Spaziani - in a four-year span, and has had to adjust to new faces in new roles on both sides of the ball, which would be tough even for an elite program, much less one that is still striving to find Top 20 consistency.

After disappointing starts, Duke, BC enter ACC opener desperate for 1st victory (The Washington Post)
"We’re getting the right play calls in, but it’s coming down to execution, and we’re basically hurting ourselves, shooting ourselves in the foot, so to speak, when we get there," running back Jay Hollingsworth said. "I don’t know what’s going on right now, honestly, but we have to execute."

Duke prepares for Boston College, hoping to avoid 0-3 start (ACC NOW)
Frustration levels have elevated among some Duke players, who find themselves making plays –  Lee Butler, for example, retuning an interception 76 yards for a touchdown against Stanford – though not enough to propel them to wins. The Devils are just 10 of 30 on third-down conversions and 3 of 7 on redzone – inside the 20-yardline – possessions. 

Progress: it’s all relative (Blue Devil Nation)
Who is this Duke team? Are they the team that disrupted the Stanford offense and drove the length of the field with ease to open the game? Are they just the same old Duke, characterized by mistakes and missed opportunities?

Kevin Rogers' Leave Of Absence Inspires Terrible, Insensitive Blog Entry (SB Nation)
And it's certainly not reason to fire off a poor attempt at a joke. Yes, Zach McCann, Boston College lost to UCF while scoring three points on Saturday. No, Mr. McCann of the Orlando Sentinel, this does not give you an open invitation to speculate that said loss factored into Rogers' decision to take a leave of absence.

Noles News 09.13.11 (Tomahawk Nation)
This season is not going well for the winless Boston College Eagles. Their offensive coordinator has taken a leave of absence for health reasons, and three of four starters in the secondary entering the final week of camp have either left the team or been lost for the season. BC is not a deep team and cannot recover from these injuries to threaten for the division. They could be dangerous in a one-game setting, but I'll reserve judgment on that until I see the new OC.

Charlie Davies named MLS Player of the Week (D.C. United)
D.C. United announced today that forward Charlie Davies has been named MLS Player of the Week for Week 26 by the North American Soccer Reporters. Davies scored all three of United’s goals during Saturday’s 3-0 victory against Chivas USA.

W. Ice Hockey Announces 2011-12 Schedule (BCEagles.com)
"We are very excited about our strength of schedule this year," Crowley stated. "We're happy to add to our very strong league matchups with non-league trips to Minnesota-Duluth and other out of conference opponents. We look forward to the chance to defend our Hockey East and Beanpot titles and returning to the NCAA Tournament. Boston College was one of two teams that represented Hockey East at last year's Frozen Four, so we are eager to start up another exciting year in BC women's hockey."

Field Hockey Climbs to No. 8 (BCEagles.com)
The Boston College field hockey team has moved up in the national polls once again. This week, the Eagles jumped from No. 10 to No. 8 in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, according to an announcement made Tuesday.

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