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DiMauro: BC ‘ethically’ bound to help Holy Cross? I don’t think so



Holy Cross coach Bob Chesney said earlier this week during media availability that a power outage didn’t allow his coaching staff to use their headsets in the press box early during Saturday’s eventual loss to Boston College at Alumni Stadium.

Chesney’s description of the events included the word “ethically.”

Shall we examine?

“We lost power in our press box. All the other power in the other (part of the) press box was on. Just our one box had no power, so the headsets went down,” Chesney said. “We brought Coach Kennedy (offensive coordinator Dean Kennedy) down and we brought our defensive coaches down and we called the first quarter and a half with no eyes up top, which was certainly a challenge.

“Now a lot of times, the other team takes their headsets off, too, but it’s not a conference game. So it’s just based ethically if they want to or not and they do not want to. So then they don’t have to. We were just in a situation where we were headset-less for the first quarter and a half almost.”

Kevin J. Stone of the New England Football Journal subsequently reported, “I’ve been told by someone who had direct knowledge of this situation that it was more like three plays rather than 1.5 quarters and that it had nothing to do with BC, but rather, it was an HC equipment issue.”

Chesney’s oratory lasted 45 seconds. Much of it came through a smarmy grin that gave the appearance that gosh golly whiz this was no big deal, just another obstacle for his poor lads to conquer. Chesney subtly alluded to the nefarious, suggesting that all the power stayed on in the press box except the Holy Cross part. He then tossed in the word “ethically,” which is amusing when it’s surely possible Stone caught him in a lie.

But I find this kerfuffle fascinating for a different reason. It’s one thing for the BC haters to pounce on this. As the old line goes: Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, others merely gargle. What concerns me more is that I have true, blue BC people telling me they honestly believe that in the spirit of sportsmanship, BC should have turned off its headsets, too.

I mean, do we have to be such bumpkins here? Can we try to understand how things really work as opposed to how they perhaps should?

Let me ask: Do you think Coach Prime would have turned off his headsets? Harbaugh? Saban? Dabo? Please. They wouldn’t have merely kept using their own headsets, but hired somebody to steal their opponents’ headsets and run them over with a Ford F350. It’s called a competitive advantage. And anybody who thinks BC should dismiss a competitive advantage in highly competitive, cutthroat college football is drowning in idealism.

Straight up: BC needs to make more decisions like this one. This is big time college sports. You adjust to the environment. Athletic Darwinism. And while BC is under no obligation to participate, it needs to understand that failure to do so begets failure period. You either get into the cesspool – at least to a varying degree – or go to the Patriot League.

But I’m getting tired of reading posts from BC fans who honestly think you can win and still behave like the Von Trapp family at the same time. This just in: You can’t. I’m not suggesting we start to recruit felons or cheat uncontrollably with NIL money. But I am saying that some degree of Darwinism must apply.

Example: BC coach Jeff Hafley didn’t pop wheelies on Chesney’s lawn. He just chose to keep using a headset. Hell, we all chuckled at the paranoia the old Lakers had when coming to the Boston Garden. They brought their own soap, shampoo and drinking water. Their locker room never seemed to have hot water. The fire alarm in the hotel howled a lot at 3 a.m. It was just Red Auerbach being Red Auerbach, right? It’s called competitive advantage, real or perceived.

In fairness: We’ve all been turned off by the football team’s personal fouls and individual whims in the first two games. Mostly turned off because it has impeded the path to win games. BC coach Jeff Hafley promised to address it and apply consequences to future offenders. He should be held to his word. But acts of self-indulgence in sports aren’t going away.

I’ve seen a number of readers chastise Hafley for recruiting some of the offenders. I ask: If it turns you off, then just beg Fr. Leahy to go to the Patriot League and stop the charade. Otherwise, it’s the cost of doing business.

I’m not sure if Chesney lied. I don’t really care. What I care about is that BC capitalized on a competitive advantage. That’s called doing what’s required to win. And to those it offended: Awaken from your stupor.

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DiMauro: All in all, a solid year for BC sports



If you are reading this, chances are your primary means of remaining connected to Boston College runs through athletics.

Oh, and we’ve been tortured souls, too, especially in recent years. We are idealists and fatalists, demanding yet forgiving, loyal and resilient, even if sometimes it feels as though we make the long trek up the cliff to Lovers Leap … only to get shoved.

All of which makes the sports year of 2023-24 a time to celebrate. Boston College did itself proud, no small occurrence given that in this unsteady (perverse?) time of expansion and realignment, schools like BC must always look their Sunday best, with no overt warts or love handles.

Women’s lacrosse, BC’s working definition of pride and joy, capped the sports season with the national championship Memorial Day weekend in Cary, NC. It was the program’s second natty in four years, a three-hour infomercial for the entire institution and more proof that, yes, it can be done at BC with the right coach.

Acacia Walker-Weinstein – you’ll note that only the letter “W” separates her from “Einstein” – not only hung a banner, but helped BC earn a distinction few other athletic programs in the country could trumpet. How many other schools made national championship games (both televised by ESPN) in two different sports fewer than two months apart?

Think about that one: Men’s hockey, during an otherwise memorable season, fell short in the national championship game. But the Sons of Greg Brown did the school proud all season. Not a bad accomplishment to see “BC in the national finals” on the ESPN scroll in mid-April (hockey) and late May (lacrosse). It’s hard to buy that kind of advertising, particularly when and if realignment and expansion happen again.

Football won a bowl game over a ranked team at Fenway Park, returns a dynamo in Thomas Castellanos and then made the splash of a cannonball, hiring Bill O’Brien as head coach. Three other women’s sports showed promise as well: field hockey (11-7, made the ACC Tournament); softball (30-24, made the ACC Tournament) and volleyball, which continues to improve steadily under coach Jason Kennedy, finished 19-13 and made the ACC Tournament.

Otherwise, baseball gets a pass as new coach Todd Interdonato assimilates to the ACC and establishes his culture; the soccer programs (3-9-5 and 3-9-6) were lousy; and I remain concerned about men’s and women’s basketball. Put it this way: Sure feels as though better players are leaving than are entering.

Off the field, “Friends Of The Heights,” BC’s Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) collective, grew massively, keeping BC competitive in a cutthroat environment. Friends Of The Heights also homered into the upper deck, hiring veteran athletic administrator Jim Paquette as its new Chief Development Officer. Paquette will advise the Board on overall development strategies, using his 16 years as an administrator at BC that specialized in fundraising.

BC’s overall cachet also made a splash on social media when Forbes Magazine named it one of the country’s “New Ivies.”

Based on its researchForbes, the century-old national business magazine, reported that American companies are souring on hiring Ivy League graduates, instead preferring high achievers from 20 other prominent universities – “Private and Public New Ivies.”

BC joins private school “New Ivies” Carnegie Mellon, Emory, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Rice, Notre Dame, Southern California and Vanderbilt. Ah, to be judged by the company one keeps.

One school year hasn’t produced this much for BC in years. And it’s significant. The idea now is to build, not regress.

Full disclosure: There are many things I still don’t like. I’m told Father Leahy neither attended the Frozen Four nor the lacrosse Final Four. It is disrespectful to the players, coaches and alumni to have a leader who acts as if so much about what makes BC great is beneath him. And we still seem to have these spasms of tone deafness, such as patrolling the parking lots like stormtroopers the day of the spring football game.

But 2023-24 was an encouraging year for BC in many ways. Yes, we always want more. But we were getting less for a long time. Not this year. A tip of the cap to athletic director Blake James, his staff, the coaches and the kids.

We pause now to enjoy summer and await Labor Day night in Tallahassee. Here’s to 2024-25, hollering “Mr. Brightside” again with the kids from the crowded bleachers.

Mike DiMauro, a columnist in Connecticut, is a contributor to Eagles Daily and a member of BC’s Class of 1990. He may be reached at or @BCgenius 

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Boston College lineman Kyle Hergel selected 3rd overall in CFL draft



The former Eagles guard was not selected in last week’s NFL draft, but quickly heard his name yesterday in the 2024 CFL draft, going 3rd overall to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Hergel, who spent one year at Boston College after transferring from Texas State. The guard was a huge success in helping transform the offensive line play in 2023, gaining the best PFF pass block grade at Boston College (86.6) with no sacks allowed and two quarterback hits on 402 dropbacks. This was good enough to earn All-ACC honorable mention and a trip to the East-West shrine game.

Recently signing with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent following the 2024 NFL draft, Hergel will seemingly look to catch on in the NFL this summer before trekking north of the boarder to play for the Roughriders.

John Pupel gets Patriots rookie camp invite

The former safety will travel to nearby Foxboro, Ma as an invite to Patriots rookie camp. After beginning his college career at Dartmouth, Pupel joined the Eagles in 2022. Starting 11 games last year with 81 tackles, a pack break up and a forced fumble.

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Boston College’s Elijah Jones and Christian Mahogany drafted, others signed: Eagles Draft Weekend Recap



It was a rather successful weekend for Boston College in the NFL Draft, as both Elijah Jones and Christian Mahogany were taken while guard Kyle Hergel inked a UDFA deal. In addition, longtime and former BC notables Jaelen Gill and Josh DeBerry have received UDFA deals.

Jones – The first Eagle off the board this year, Jones went 90th overall in the third round to the Arizona Cardinals. He missed the final three games of the season for undisclosed reasons but had a big year that shot up his draft stock with a conference-best five interceptions while also defending 13 passes. As a member of the 2018 recruiting class, the corner tallied 60 games at BC and racked up a First-team All-ACC selection this past year.

Jones’ 86.9 defensive PFF grade was the sixth-best in the draft class out of corners and he was the 11th cornerback off the board for the Eagles.

Mahogany – Mahogany sat out of the bowl game and had some noticeable buzz surrounding his name entering the draft, but the guard fell to the sixth round to the Detroit Lions. Mahogany missed most of the 2022 season after an ACL injury but came back fully healthy for 2023, posting the 16th-best total PFF grade out of guards in the draft class.

Mahogany fell further than many, with many projections putting him as a Day 2 pick, but given he’s 24 and his scouting reports present some clear downside, it’s not all that shocking that he fell all the way to the sixth round.

Hergel – Hergel didn’t exactly have any buzz surrounding his name but he managed to grab a UDFA deal with the Saints. He was a four-year starter between North Dakota and Texas State before he was a fifth-year transfer to BC, and he put up a solid enough season to get signed.

DeBerry – DeBerry signed on with the Cowboys, as he transferred to Texas A&M for his fifth year after four seasons with the Eagles. He was a big loss for BC’s secondary, as he started seven games this year for the Aggies and grabbed two interceptions.

Gill – Gill put up huge numbers for Fresno State this past year after three seasons with BC. After an initial start to his career at Ohio State, he transferred to the Eagles ahead of the 2020 season and through three years he put up 1,092 yards. He put up basically half of that in just one year with the Bulldogs, tallying 516 yards on 49 catches and six touchdowns.

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