Boston College Daily Links: ACC Didn't Want UConn Because Of Jim Calhoun?

Winslow Townson

New York Times: Consistently poor men's basketball graduation rates and recent NCAA recruiting violations kept UConn out of the ACC.

Left Behind, UConn Ponders Starting Over Again (NYTimes.com)
One person who asked that his name not be used because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the subject said that Boston College strenuously objected to Connecticut because Calhoun was critical of its 2003 departure from the Big East to the A.C.C. But another person said it was Connecticut’s consistently poor men’s basketball graduation rate and its recent N.C.A.A. recruiting violations that raised objections by A.C.C. power brokers.

Jared Dudley at loss about Al Skinner (Boston Herald)
Nice to see Dudley going to bat for his former coach. "I’m surprised, because, well, just look at his resume," Dudley said. "From Rhode Island to BC, just look at what he’s done. He’s gotten guys to the pros. When I was there, we went to four NCAA tourneys and we were ranked every year. That kind of resume alone, you think that would get him back in."

Hanlan Earns ACC Rookie of the Week Honors For Fourth Time (BCEagles.com)
This marks the sixth time that a BC player has earned the honor, which leads the conference. Hanlan has won the award a league-best four times while classmate Joe Rahon has earned it twice. The freshman duo has accounted for half of the rookie of the week honors since ACC play began in January.

Basketball analyst, former BC hoops star and Bristol native Malcolm Huckaby grew up in ESPN’s backyard (ESPN Front Row)
"My mom, Elouise, was on me for a few years about getting a job at ESPN," Huckaby said. "She always taught me to dream big and believe in my abilities to do anything I wanted," he said. "She would say, ‘You have a deep voice, you’re as smart, handsome and know basketball as well as anyone else there. You should be working at ESPN.’ That’s when it became a more serious thought of, how can I get in there?"

Patch Alber Set To Return (The Boston College Hockey Blog)
Sr Defenseman Patch Alber is set to return to the lineup this weekend for the Hockey East playoffs vs Vermont. Alber, who was hurt in a pregame soccer kick-around, has been out since BC's game vs Alabama Huntsville in late December. Boston College has lost just 2 games this season with Alber in the lineup.

WEEKLY RELEASE: UMASS-LOWELL WINS FIRST REGULAR-SEASON TITLE IN LEAGUE HISTORY (HockeyEastOnline.com)
Hockey East Player of the Week: #JohnnyHockey Tallied seven points (3g,4a) in BC's three-point weekend at Vermont, which included a career-high six points (2g,4a) in Saturday's 7-2 victory vs. the Catamounts. He finished the weekend with eight shots on net for the Eagles.

Out with the old… (BC Gavel)
Parker should not, and likely will not, be remembered for the recent struggles of his team on and off the ice. His retirement, however, does raise concern for BC fans, as it reminds us of the fact that Coach York’s time at the helm will not last forever.

Game 1 critical in Hockey East quarterfinals (The Mack Report)
In Hockey East’s history, there have been 76 best-of-three quarterfinal series, dating back to the 1989-90 season. In 67 of those 76 series, the winner of Game 1 went on to win the series. That 67-9 series record gives the Game 1 winner a whopping .882 winning percentage.

Paré Named to 2013 Johnny Bench Award Initial Watch List (BCEagles.com)
Senior baseball catcher Matt Paré was named to the initial watch list for the 2013 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com, announced by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission on Monday morning.

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