Success at BC is never going to be measured with the same ruler used by the gridiron gentry, BCS Bowls and national titles. But BC did go to 12 straight bowls from 1999 to 2010 and at one point won eight straight.
You probably can’t win a national championship at BC, unless the next Doug Flutie or Matt Ryan walks through the Alumni (or is it Aluminum?) Stadium doors, but you can win a lot of games with the right coach. Jack Bicknell did it. Tom Coughlin did it. Tom O’Brien did it.
Look around the landscape of college football. Northwestern just had a nine-win season. Pat Fitzgerald, who would be a dream candidate for BC, has the Wildcats in a bowl for the fifth straight season. Stanford, which will host the Pac-12 title game Friday, has won 12, 11, and 10 games the last three seasons. Vanderbilt went 8-4 this year. Duke — Duke! — is bowl-eligible for the first time since 1994.
BC doesn’t have to win the hearts and minds of Boston sports fans. It just has to win over the right coach — and then not get too attached.