Last night, I attended the annual Boston College GOLD event, held at the State Street Pavilion inside Fenway Park. I managed to track Father Leahy down and speak with him for a couple minutes about BC football. I asked him if he was excited about Addazio coming on board and he said that he was. Father Leahy confirmed he was part of the hiring process but as I started being enthusiastic about winning, filling the seats and details of the team, he seemed a little uncomfortable and got "darty eyes" as my wife said. So we parted ways and I contined a long conversation with John Freudo, head of alumni relations.
During the reception, Father Leahy took the microphone and unveiled BC's 5 year plan, which includes tearing down Moore Hall and building and apartment style dorm, adding soccer, baseball and softball fields to the seminary land, tearing down Edmonds Hall and building a new Plex, tearing down the Plex and adding a student services center and building a new dorm on College Road. BC will also be renovating 2000 Comm Ave for student housing. "We just need to figure out a way to lock students out of the balconies because the last thing we want is undergraduates with access to a balcony."
But what I couldn't believe is that everything he said, EVERYTHING, was about money. A good question was asked to him about conference realignment and BC's position. Father Leahy stated that he thought there would be 4 super-conferences of 16 teams each and he indicated BC's revenue share in the Big East was $5M and now in the ACC it is $17.5-$18M. He didn't see us gong anywhere because "we are amongst peer schools such as Duke, Virginia and Wake Forest." When one woman asked what was to become of the Mods, his answer was that she could rent it out as a summer home, but for a price! He accentuated "price."My favorite part was when he said, "you better believe we are getting all ~$52M from Maryland for leaving!"
I think Father Leahy knows a little more than I had thought. Off the top of his head he mentioned teams leaving conferences such as the 7 Catholic schools, Maryland, Rutgers, etc. But for him, it all comes down to money. That was my main takeaway. He is in the position he is in solely to raise money for the University.