Last week, the New Hampshire Wildcats football program stole a bit of the local spotlight by scheduling a two-game series at Gillette Stadium opposite the Massachusetts Minutemen. The games in 2010 and 2011 mark the first time college football will be played at the home of the New England Patriots.
While discussing the upcoming UNH-UMass football series at Gillette, New Hampshire AD Marty Scarano also noted that the Wildcats have opted out of their 2014 football game with BC:
"It was an uncomfortable situation for [Head Coach] Sean [McDonnell] to begin with," Scarano said. "He and his staff have close ties to BC. They go to the BC camp. We revisited it and decided not to enter into competition with them and they were good enough to let us out of it."
I guess New Hampshire didn't want to put their 5 game winning streak against FBS competition on the line.
BC sure hasn't had much luck recently in the I-AA scheduling department. With UNH backing out of their game with the Eagles, BC now has three slots to fill on the schedule over the next five years: one in 2013 (was the now defunct Hofstra Pride football program), one in 2014 (New Hampshire) and two open dates in 2015.