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DiMauro: It’s evident BC fans are not happy

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Lest anyone in the Boston College athletics hierarchy get deluded into thinking that anything in that department is satisfactory at the moment, your humble narrator invites them to read the feedback I’ve received in the past few days.

Some background: I wrote a piece Monday here at Eagles Daily alluding to how BC haters have never been happier. I also wondered if “Ever To Excel” is meaningful to them or merely rhetorical.

The response has been equal parts overwhelming and inspiring. People care. Deeply. The post has tripled the views of the highest-viewing article on the site. My inbox is still growing. The sentiment: True, blue BC people are angry. Disillusioned. And starting to hold back money. If this doesn’t encourage the poohbahs at BC to awaken and confront reality, then the entire institution will continue to swirl the bowl. Not to mention the possible sight of paper bags over heads this weekend against Holy Cross, which has been a topic of discussion for BC fans over social media for the past week.

(Don’t think we missed the latest Wall St. Journal rankings, where BC has dropped to 45. BC used to be in the low 30s. Remind me again what “Ever To Excel” means?)

Anyway, here is a sampling of emails I’ve received in the past few days. Names have been withheld as I don’t have permission to use all of them. But their feelings are clearer than a bottle of Poland Spring.

· “Just wanna compliment you on the BC article. You captured what all BC fans are frustrated by. 5-16 in the last 21 football games? C’mon man! Other programs are winning games, at least the winnable ones!! Thank you for expressing how a lot of us feel right now.”

· “BC ‘90. Twenty-plus years of season football tix, including 10k a year parking pass. Nonstop donor for 20-plus years. I took a knee after we ended two seasons ago losing to an awful FSU team and then Wake in the final game. I threw out all 100 BC clothing items I own.

· “I can’t take it. Losing to UConn last year? I am getting pressed to give to the current fundraising effort for Newton campus sports fields. I said go 8-3 or better and hoops makes an NCAA tourney – and then call me. Don’t otherwise. I am embarrassed to be a BC Alum. The level of underperformance is hard to fathom. Your post is spot on.”

· “I detest the people that ‘run’ BC. I have turned on the alma mater. Let Holy Cross kick their (butts).”

· “You certainly conveyed the sense of urgency that unfortunately escapes this administration, but is felt by those of us who understand that the reputation of BC is closely tied to maintaining respectability in Division One athletics, which, with several notable exceptions, it has largely failed to do over the past dozen years or so.

“I must also add that I am sick of the old canard about the ‘high academic standards’ worn to death as an excuse. Does Notre Dame use this to excuse subpar programs? Does Michigan, Duke, or USC? Quite frankly, I find it embarrassing, particularly when we are in a league with so many academic peer institutions.”

· “I love BC but count me in the alum crowd that is disgusted.”

· “Just read your column on the state of the Boston College athletics teams. Sadly I concur with all of your points. I candidly no longer understand where I stand in the world of BC sports. As an alumni that once was a passionate season ticket holder and donor for the three major sports for more than 20 years I became exhausted and unfortunately passionately indifferent.

“I have stopped giving. I gave up my season tickets and only under duress when my alumni wife drags me to the one game a year that I agree to see in person during the football season. God knows I wish the football team was better.

“I have rationalized my feelings that BC, every once in a while has a season, a moment, a player that allows us a brief period of time in the world of relevance in college football. Many schools have never beaten Alabama, stunned Miami, shocked Notre Dame, etc. All that said, here is where we are. Hoping we don’t lose to The College of the Holy Cross and become 0-2.”

· “Although this was painful to read, it is the reality. I’ve been a season ticket holder for 20 years and waited until the week before this first game to renew my tickets. After this embarrassing loss, I regret it. There seemed to be no energy on or off the field. Something needs to change but as you said no one cares.”

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

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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.

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

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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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DiMauro: The buzzkillers who run Boston College

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My favorite English professor at Boston College, the late, great Dr. John J. Fitzgerald, loved the writings of Alexander Pope, poet and satirist during the Enlightenment Era. I shall now take pleasure in taking what I learned in class at BC to deliver an overdue lecture to university leadership, badly in need of its own Enlightenment Era.

What transpired this past Saturday, during an otherwise anticipated and eventful day on campus, illustrated BC leadership’s dizzying levels of obtuseness. Instead of celebrating the spring football game (with actual buzz because of new coach Bill O’Brien), baseball game against a nationally ranked opponent, national championship hockey game and the ALC Showdown, celebrating BC’s 17 different dance teams, BC students were issued a missive:

“Good evening Mod residents,” wrote Mike Sanzio, Interim Resident Director of the Mods, “as you saw earlier today from the Dean of Students Office, our men’s ice hockey team will be competing in the national championship game Saturday night. 

“This will be a busy weekend, filled with events such as the ALC showdown and spring football game. This is an exciting time for your community and I wanted to remind you of Mod-specific policies so we can appropriately celebrate these occasions. No outside gatherings are permitted in the Mods. Alcohol is not permitted outside your Mod.”

Some attendees of the spring game saw several “alcohol compliance supervisor” jackets from the commandos hired to patrol the parking lots. 

Sanzio got thrown down a flight of stairs by BC loyalists on X (formerly known as Twitter). I’m guessing Sanzio was just doing his job, carrying out orders from above. You’ve heard the “towers on the Heights reach the Heav’ns own blue?” This was from the ivory towers on the Heights. 

BC’s buzzkill rules and regulations hearken a line once written by Raymond Chandler: “The tragedy of life is not that things die. The tragedy is that they grow old and mean.” That’s the tenor of BC right now: old and mean. 

Can someone explain why Mods dwellers – most of whom are 21, by the way – were issued something so puritanical on what should have been a fun day? Do the people who run BC understand the power of sports on campus? This just in: Kids derive strength and appreciation for their school through campus events designed to cultivate pride and senses of “we” and “us.” It’s more important than ever today in a society too busy texting to notice anything or anyone else.

The Mods are a campus institution. The last time ESPN’s College GameDay was on campus, Lee Corso uttered the now classic, “party in the Modes!” line, mistaking “Mods” for “Modes.” It’s unlikely he came with that on his own. Somebody probably whispered in his ear at some point that the Mods are central to the BC student experience.

And then we get “no outside gatherings” and “alcohol compliance supervisors.” Overkill, anyone? If a kid gets caught hiding a Heineken, what’s the penalty these days? Firing squad at dawn?

And to think that O’Brien spent ample time last week trying to fire up the students to attend the spring game. Then the administration betrays him by issuing antisocial missives during what should be the most social day of the year on campus.

Is there a good reason – Puritanism aside – that tailgating isn’t allowed for the spring game? Someone tell the BC administration that Ohio State drew 80,000 for its spring game. Imagine passing the edict out there that Buckeye fans couldn’t tailgate?

I get that the missions of BC and Ohio State aren’t the same. But then, they are both in power conferences. It’s just that only one acts that way.

The worst thing that happened Saturday at BC was not that the hockey team lost. The worst thing was O’Brien learning what life is really like at The University of Austerity: A spring game with buzz. A national championship game at night. And an administration petrified of its own success.

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 m.dimauro@theday.com or @BCgenius on X.

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