You always knew Dick Kelley was there. Not because he craved the limelight but because he was just so darned decent and good. He was a caretaker, of players, of coaches, of the curmudgeonly media and most of all, of his beloved Boston College, where he worked since 1983.
Kelley, who died last Thursday, put in one more day of work, it would seem, on Wednesday night, cajoling Saint Peter into lifting Kelley's forlorn Eagles to the most improbable of scores in a season full of improbabilities.
"The patch on our chests, toward the end of the game it was like, `We can't be denied. DK is looking down on us. He's got us," forward Ryan Anderson said. "It's real emotional. It's really going to set in in a couple of hours."
Coach Steve Donahue talks after Boston College's win over Syracuse.
Dick Kelley was mentioned on the broadcast and practically trended on Twitter. It was the best thing about the finish. I wish Dick had been alive to see the game. He would have been proud of his guys.
That one was for you, DK.
RT @LandonWatnick: [Florida bball player] Patric Young surprised to hear Syracuse lost to BC. "Boston College? They suck."