Adding crosstown rival Jack Parker — the Boston University coach and friend — to the list, York said, ‘‘Those are the guys that are keeping you on your toes. We had some incredible games versus some of Ronnie’s teams. I had a great deal of respect for him.’’
And York’s peers feel the same way.
When the school held a news conference to introduce new football coach Steve Addazio this week, he touched upon the usual highlights that drew him to BC: The beauty of the campus, the school’s academic and Jesuit mission, and his memories of watching Doug Flutie’s famous ‘‘Hail Mary’’ against Miami in 1984.
But, in a telling statement about the roles their respective sports hold in Chestnut Hill, he also mentioned meeting York.
‘‘What a guy. What a coach. What a program,’’ Addazio gushed. ‘‘Right here on this campus, I have the opportunity to go watch a program that operates a high level, maybe the highest level for any athletic program in the country.’’