Good morning, Eagles. Happy Frozen Four week! We will have tons of hockey content to get you ready for Philadelphia this week, as well as a continued look at the future of the basketball program. But we'll start today's links with football:
Ian Silberman made the strength of the Boston College football team look stronger. The 6-foot-5, 297-pound, former Florida Gator started at right tackle on BC's offensive line during yesterday's Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Game at Alumni Stadium.
Senior linebacker Sean Duggan registered eight tackles, including one tackle for loss, and one pass break-up to lead the Boston College defense in a 49-45 victory over the offense in the Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Football game on Saturday in Alumni Stadium.
Before Andre Williams capped the finest rushing season in Boston College and Atlantic Coast Conference history, Myles Willis made sure he learned a valuable lesson from the Heisman Trophy finalist. "I had a great person to follow,'' Willis said. "He taught me how to carry it and how to be the man."
At halftime of Saturday's Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Game, Boston College football head coach Steve Addazio announced that defensive back Dominique Williams had been named this year's recipient of the Jay McGillis Memorial Scholarship.
The best part of the game for me was seeing Tyler Murphy for the first time. He seemed very comfortable and confident in the offense. He also showed nice touch. Based on his snaps and reporting, it seems like Murphy will be the starter this fall.
Boston College (March 12) Big name: RB Andre Williams. Representatives from 29 NFL teams were on hand to see the nation's top running back from last season. Williams says he improved on his combine 40-yard-dash time of 4.56. Also of note: Nate Freese, who went 20 of 20 last season on field goal tries, did not disappoint in front of his future employers, hitting a 60-yard try.
Watching our kickers struggle a bit on Saturday during the spring game made me realize just how spoiled we were by Nate Freese. Hope he makes it to the next level this summer - he certainly deserves it. And I hope the BC kicking game looks a little better in the fall.
Expect a whole bunch of stories like this one in the run-up to the highly anticipated Minnesota-North Dakota game at the Frozen Four:
It seems only fitting that one year after they left the WCHA for different conferences, two of the teams involved in one of that league's fiercest rivalries will meet again on college hockey's biggest stage.
Interesting news from the world of college hockey outside of the Frozen Four as Colorado College's coach Scott Owens resigned after 15 seasons at the helm of CC, following one of the worst seasons in program history. At least one Colorado scribe thinks CC is a prime opening for a new coach:
Colorado College's hockey program is in shambles after winning seven of 37 games, but there's reason for hope. Leading the Tigers is one of college hockey's choice coaching jobs. And that job is open.
It will be interesting to see how their coaching search plays out, as it will give a window into how the NCHC teams stack up in the eyes of potential coaches. In the shifted landscape of college hockey, is CC still a destination job?
Boston College lost the final game of a three-game series against ACC foe Pittsburgh, 2-0, on Sunday at Shea Field. After earning two wins on Saturday, the Eagles left five runners on base and could not come up with a key hit in an attempt to sweep the series.
When he was hired Thursday to coach Boston College, Jim Christian said athletic director Brad Bates gave him the assurance he "could go out and hire the best people I can'' in assembling his staff. Christian reached out first to Maryland assistant Scott Spinelli, who was contacted Thursday about his interest in joining BC's staff, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Change is inevitable in sports, especially if you are a successful mid-major program like the Ohio Bobcats are. But just about every Bobcat fan was shocked when news surfaced last week that men's basketball coach Jim Christian was being pursued by Boston College. It was even more surreal when the move was made official on Thursday.