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BC cancels Jay McGillis Memorial spring football game

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  April 19, 2013 04:41 PM

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Given the tragic events at the Boston Marathon and their aftermath, Boston College officials have followed the lead of the Red Sox and Bruins by canceling Saturday's Jay McGillis Memorial spring football game.

School officials also announced that Saturday's slate of athletic home games would be canceled.

Athletic director Brad Bates said in a statement, “After consulting with campus, city and law enforcement officials, including the Boston College Police Department, we have decided to cancel all home athletics events scheduled for Saturday, including the spring football game.

"Our first priority is ensuring the safety of our student-athletes, coaches and spectators. Our local law enforcement community has done a phenomenal job this past week, and we do not want our events to serve as a distraction.

“Furthermore, now is a time for reflection to honor those who have been tragically killed and injured this past week and to allow our community to heal. The entire Boston College family stands with those who have been affected by this week's events. Together we will persevere and emerge stronger and more unified than ever.”

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