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Boston College Daily Links: The Eagles Remain Well Coached?


Winless BC Eagles a lost cause this season? (The Patriot Ledger)
The Eagles remain well coached. Spaziani has a pedigree, developing superb defenses for years as a coordinator at BC under Tom O’Brien and Jeff Jagozinski – the coaches whose sudden departures damaged two of BC’s recent recruiting classes, players who would now be in their third and fifth years in the program, respectively. Current defensive coordinator Bill McGovern worked under Spaziani, and players like Luke Kuechly, Donnie Fletcher and Kevin Pierre-Louis have grown under his tutelage. On offense, sophomore quarterback Chase Rettig is better than he was a year ago, a young receiving corps is improved, and a patchwork offensive line continues to progress. The coaching is there. The experience is not. Take the word of the opposition.

Eagles off to face Death (
"Obviously they are on a roll and they always have very good players and they have high expectations in their program," said BC coach Frank Spaziani during a conference call yesterday. "This is a real step up from the competition that we’ve faced, and that’s not slighting the people that we’ve faced."

Road gets tougher for Eagles (The Boston Globe)
"They say you practice how you play,’’ said middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, who is definitely not one of the problems BC coach Frank Spaziani has this morning. "If you practice slow, then you are going to start slow in the game. That’s one of Coach Spaziani’s things - from the first whistle blown to the last, it needs to be important, because the game is practice.’’

ACC Football Power Rankings, Oct. 3 (ACC Sports Journal)
12. Boston College (1-4, 0-2). After starting out 2-5 last year, the Eagles won their last five regular-season games. Don’t expect a similar turnaround this season. The second half of their schedule is extraordinarily tough this time around. In fact, the Eagles will be the underdog in each of their remaining seven games. The play of Montel Harris (22 carries, 108 yards) on Saturday does provide some hope.

Grading Week 5 in the ACC (Fox Sports South)
Boston College – Give the Eagles credit for scrapping in their 27-19 home loss to Wake Forest. BC just isn't a very good team, and could have wilted after Wake waltzed down the field for a touchdown on its first drive, but the Eagles made the Deacons earn it. Grade: C.

Preview: #2 Boston College (Fear The Triangle)
While BC lost a bunch of scorers all they lost on defense is Ulf Samuelsson’s son and even some BC fans thought they may be addition by subtraction.  The defense will be led by Tommy Cross and Brian Dumoulin, but also features solid blueliners like Patrick Wey, Patch Alber, and Ed Shea.  This experience on defense will be key as BC looks for someone to fill John Muse’s place in net.  They’ll return junior Parker Milner to go along with a couple of freshmen out of the EJHL in Brian Billett and Brad Barone.

No. 7 Women's Soccer Tames The Clemson Tigers, 4-0 (
Senior Stephanie Wirth scored her first two goals of the season to lead No. 7 Boston College past Clemson, 4-0, in an ACC match at Historic Riggs Field on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles improved to 4-0 in the ACC and 9-0-2 overall, while Clemson dropped to 0-5 in the conference and 5-7 overall.

Finally, in case you missed this over the weekend ...

The Nadir Of College Sports History (
Yes, yes, losing to Duke and Wake Forest is pretty bad, but Boston College Eagles fans are now hearing football taunts from UConn fans.  "RT @theuconnblog Raise your hand if you didn't become the first ACC team in 20 yrs to lose both Wake and Duke. Not so fast Boston College."

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Western Michigan Broncos vs. Connecticut Huskies - Recap - October 01, 2011 (ESPN)
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Alex Carder threw for a career-high 479 yards and five touchdowns to lead Western Michigan to a 38-31 win over Connecticut on Saturday.

Pot, kettle.