Happy Thursday, Eagles!
Fresh off a big 2-1 victory over Ghana in their World Cup opener, the US Men's National Team turns its attention to its second opponent in Group play, Portugal. Former Boston College star Bedoya got the NYP treatment on Wednesday, focusing on his motivation after just missing the roster in 2010.
"I use it as motivation. That feeling [Monday] was amazing,’’ Bedoya said. "When [Ghana] scored, the [reaction] was just a gasp of air. But to get that goal — I was hurting so I couldn’t even make it over to the corner flag to celebrate — you got to soak it all in. [Monday] we were enjoying ourselves; now we’ve got to recuperate. Now we put all of our focus on Portugal, and I think we’ll be able to do that.’’
Bedoya also looks ahead to the match with Portugal:
A few links for that other football.
Of the Power Five conferences, the ACC had the lowest average ranking. The league’s 14 teams averaged a ranking of 79.78 and an average score of 56.55. That means there should be a lot of new faces in the ACC, and adding to the potential warning sign is the number of new starting quarterbacks expected in the league. (It worked out fine for Florida State last season, we should add.)
BC coaches in their 2nd Year (Eagle in Atlanta)
ATL takes a look at football coaches in their second year. I agree that this year won't be very telling. I'm expecting a similar campaign to 2013 -- hovering around the 6-6 mark with a chance to match last year's win total in a lower-tier bowl. The real test for Addazio will come in years 3 and 4 when, presumably, the Class Triple-A Gainesville pipeline dries up.
Bowl projections 2014-15: Oklahoma vs. Oregon for title (Sporting News)
Sporting News has the Eagles bowling in the Military Bowl, opposite Cincinnati.
Raiders awarded Emmett Cleary on waivers (ProFootballTalk)
Congrats to Emmett Cleary, who got picked up by the Raiders on Wednesday a day after getting dropped by Tampa Bay.
ACC Player Haterz Ball: Boston College (Testudo Times)
Testudo Times sends off the Eagles. Andre Williams already took care of this for BC.
The New Hampton School (New Hampshire) big man is looking to take some official visits in the fall, with one of those visits likely taking place in nearby Chestnut Hill. "As of right now, I’d say Wisconsin, Xavier and Boston College are ones I’m going to try and take," he said. "Even though I’ve been on [the BC] campus so many times, and know my way around, I still feel like there’s a little more to the school I don’t know about."
While I'm not expecting Miller to re-commit to the Eagles, it will be interesting to follow his commitment over the next few months.
More on UNC-Asheville hiring Friedholm away from BC:
UNC Asheville selects new baseball coach (Citizen-Times)
"This is a big loss for the Boston College baseball program and a big gain for UNC Asheville baseball and athletic department," said Boston College coach Mike Gambino. "Scott will bring a high level of character, energy and work ethic. He has a passion for what he does, he loves his players and they love him. He has been a great pitching coach and assistant for a long time and he will make an excellent head coach."
Finally, Coach Addazio talks accountability.
Now if you'll excuse me I need to run through a g-d brick wall.