Last night I attended the annual Boston College Neenan Society Christmas party at Fenway Park. There was a huge turnout of graduates from the last 15 years, open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres and a great speech from Brad Bates.
I had the opportunity to speak with Brad privately for about 5 minutes and I left feeling so proud of this guy and honored he is our AD. He's humble, smart and completely committed to the fan experience and winning. I told him I nearly cried when the fans ran onto the field vs NC State and celebrated in unison with the team. My wife laughed and he looked at her and said, "no, really, I almost cried too. It was a memory I will never forget." When he was a boy his dad would take him to Michigan games and they would go onto the field after the playing of their alma mater. He looked into it when he came here and the ACC said they had no problem with it as long as the visiting team was protected.
Extended tailgating hours are on the mayor's desk asking for his approval. It also appears I will not be getting my pisser in the upper deck any time soon. Renovations require meeting codes. To meet those codes it is going to cost millions. 74 may have to sell some of his IPO's and contribute. Bates also said very exciting and big news is forthcoming. I have no idea what that means but the only thing I can think of is the retractable dome.
The Heisman trophy campaign was helped by the many BC alum who work for ESPN. They were each contacted by his office and made the ESPN Car Wash possible. He fully expects AW to win the Doak Walker award tonight.
Bates had a captivating moment, often used during recruiting trips, when he said "31, 14, 1. Do you know what these numbers represent? 31 is BC's latest national ranking according to US News and World Report. 14 represents the number of those institutions that participate in the NCAA at the highest level. And 1 represents BC as the only Jesuit University." He then went on to speak about our mission of developing the student athlete and that BC had 750 athletes which equates to 1 out of 12 students. Winning develops a person, not losing. He had some great philosophies.
Brad is a genuine individual who is committed to improving our university and experience. They learned a lot from the Town Hall meetings and will be hosting them again. He kept reiterating that they know they aren't perfect and there's a long way to go. His humble approach is refreshing and makes me respect him even more. More good things appear to be in store for BC. One alum asked him now that Boston has been selected to host the regionals of the Frozen Four, will BC have any part in it. Bates said he could not answer that question but we would be pleasantly surprised.