Success, however, is not based solely on championships. Winning consistently is a more realistic goal.
Take BC’s efforts in the major revenue sports such as men’s and women’s basketball, football, and baseball. Based on wins and losses, the switch from the Big East to the ACC has almost been a push.
This is what a lot of people here have been saying; it is the overall competitiveness
Former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, who had an up-close look at BC’s departure six years ago, says that while he didn’t agree with the way BC departed, he understands the reasons.
Sounds as if there are a lot of bad feelings over this
According to Tranghese, the BC president, Rev. William Leahy, “had concerns about the league getting away from its base and adding schools, and Gene [DeFilippo, the athletic director] was worried the league was going to implode. And both of those concerns had some merit.’’
Doesn't sound like this was a capricious or unwarranted concern
He acknowledges that the championships have not come, but the overall level of competition has risen.“Take women’s soccer,’’ he said. “In the last five years, we’ve been to the Round of 16 four times, and this year we went to the Final Four.’’
Sounds like the entire program is benefitting from this as they are in the most competitive soccer league in the US
The Orange will anchor BC’s schedule every Thanksgiving weekend from 2017 through 2023. They also will play the Eagles in 2013 and 2014.
That should establish a natural rival at the end of the season. Starting the season with a similar rival is more problematic.
In basketball, BC will play UMass, Providence, Holy Cross, and Harvard on a regular basis in nonconference competition.
So again, GDF is working on this; besides Syracuse, who in football was a natural rival?
Still, the BC-ACC marriage appears solid, despite the Big East’s standing offer for BC to return. ACC commissioner John Swofford said BC has brought much more to the conference than simply a New England address.
Again, what hard feelings?
The question you ask now is, ‘Do we want to be playing football with South Florida, Central Florida, Louisville, Cincinnati, Connecticut, and Rutgers, or do we want to be in the league we’re in?’ And the answer is we want to be in the league we’re in.
And these teams are a legitimate rivalry?
“What people forget is what I inherited when I got here [in 1997]. Football had three winning teams in 10 years, hockey had six consecutive losing programs. Our basketball coach [Jim O’Brien] had gotten into a brouhaha with the admissions director, and he left and most of our players transferred out.
“We had a class-action complaint [about equity in funding men’s and women’s sports] that took us five years to settle because 72 percent of our athletic aid was going to men and 28 to women. Now we’re 50-50. And we had asked 13 players to leave school because of a gambling scandal. Now that’s what we inherited here in 1997.
What was the admin responsible for this state of affairs?
And what of the progress in facilities, which are important in attracting recruits?
“No. 2 are the facilities. Every single thing in Conte Forum is brand new. We built a soccer/lacrosse stadium. We built a field hockey stadium. Baseball, we have most of the money raised. As soon as our strategic plan is approved, we’re going to build a baseball and softball facility on the Brighton campus.
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