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Boston College Daily Links: More On UConn Block-Gate

Conference Instability Is Filtering Down to the Next Level (
DeFilippo’s comments give credence to the popular theory that ESPN encouraged Pittsburgh and Syracuse’s exit from the Big East in the wake of the Big East’s turning down ESPN’s billion dollar television deal in May during an exclusive negotiating window. ESPN has a billion dollar deal with the A.C.C., making that move either savvy business or collusion, depending on one’s perspective.

No, ESPN did not tell the ACC what teams to take (
DeFilippo is only stating the obvious about expansion. ESPN has influence in the sense the network is handing out the huge television cash. If anything, DeFilippo slapping down the basketball honks who wanted to make the move about restoring the conference's prestige, that Duke really had something to do with the selection of the teams.

Andy Schmedsall Nixes UConn-To-ACC Proposal (Backing The Pack)
Is that true, Gene? Or did it take a phone call from one "Andy Schmedsall," a self-proclaimed representative of ESPN The Television Contracts, to persuade you to oppose the addition of Connecticut? It's the year of sabotage in the ACC, after all, and as soon as the league office can find a country music song to that effect, every fall Saturday is going to feel a bit backstabby.

Boston College AD Confirms ESPN "Told Them What To Do" Regarding Expansion and His School Blocked Connecticut (The Big Lead)
"The New England Team" is currently 0-5 against FBS programs, has never reached a BCS bowl and has no national titles in men’s or women’s basketball. It’s no wonder they’d feel insecure.

Report: Connecticut Originally Targeted by ACC, Blocked by Boston College (Big East Coast Bias)
I would argue that it's absurd to think New England even has a college football team that could be described as such. Connecticut went to the Fiesta Bowl last year and averaged less than capacity at home and hardly sent anyone to the bowl game. Boston College hosted UMass and had just 30,000 people in attendance. Perhaps Boston College should focus on being Massachusetts' team before caring about expanding its draw to all of New England? 

Eagles must look ahead (
"Because of nagging injuries and this (off week) being where it is at in the season, we are going to give them a little (more) time off than we normally would," said Spaziani. "I think that’s what we need and I think the days we do practice this (week) will be strictly fundamentals and strictly about getting ourselves better in anything that we might need to look at."

ACC power rankings: Week 7 (ESPN ACC Blog)
12. Boston College (1-5, 0-3; LW: No. 12): The Eagles sunk even lower after their Atlantic Division loss to Clemson, and have now lost two games to backup quarterbacks. BC deserves credit, though, for its effort at Clemson. There is no quit in these players, and they’ve got the bye week to regroup before heading to Virginia Tech.

Running back Montel Harris done for the year, BC to seek a medical hardship waiver (USA Today)
Harris is 867 yards shy of the ACC's 33-year-old rushing record held by Ted Brown. If he's healthy and back next year, that's certainly within reach. He rushed for 1,243 yards last season.

No. 5 W. Ice Hockey Topped in Season Opener at No. 7 Duluth (
The No. 5/5 Boston College women’s ice hockey was defeated by No. 7/7 Minnesota-Duluth, 7-2, on Saturday afternoon at AMSOIL Arena. Defensemen Blake Bolden and Meagan Mangene scored for the Eagles (0-1-0), while Jessica Wong tallied five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and goaltender Jennifer Harss made 33 saves to lead the Bulldogs (1-0-0) in the win.

Last Second Goal by No. 5 W. Ice Hockey Earns Win Over No. 7 Duluth (
A last second, short-handed goal by freshman Alex Carpenter vaulted the No. 5 Boston College women's ice hockey team past No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth, 3-2, on Sunday evening in AMSOIL Arena. The Eagles (1-1-0) relied on goals from three first-year players to earn the win and split the season-opening series with the Bulldogs (1-1-0).

Volleyball Topped by Georgia Tech (
The Boston College volleyball team fell in straight sets to Georgia Tech, 25-12, 25-21, 25-22, on Sunday afternoon in O'Keefe Gymnasium. Senior Mollie Kolosky led the Eagles (6-12, 2-5 ACC) with 9.5 points behind eight kills and three blocks, while Monique Mead paced the Yellow Jackets (10-7, 3-4 ACC) with 15 kills on 33 attempts and three errors.