Asked if he had any regrets about how he handled that situation, DeFilippo said, “I don’t think so. No. No real regrets. As a leader, you do what you think is right. You try to stand tall and do it. It was what I thought was right at the time. So, we did it. With leadership goes making those difficult decisions.”
Now, DeFilippo will leave the difficult decisions to others, cheer BC from the sidelines, and spend more time with family.
“I hope that the vast majority of Boston College graduates would say that they had a wonderful experience participating in intercollegiate athletics,” said DeFilippo. “That would be the thing that would be most important for me.”
Globe correspondent Craig Forde contributed to this report. Shira Springer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.