Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Hot, Lukewarm and Cold

In some weird connective corridor between the Bleachers and Bitterness, Doug and I decided to post an oft updated guide to Boston College sports. This has certainly been one of the most active Decembers that the athletics department has ever seen, so, we thought it would be fun to add a little input of our own. Also, we tend to stay in the loop and will have as much of the first information regarding news and notes for the teams, so, check here for all the updates regarding the new football head coach as well as other stories.

Allow me to kick things off this Tuesday morning with a quick three step temperature scale of the BC teams.

Hot: The Head Coaching Job and Mark Whipple
A lot of interest is being brought about the only man who has been interviewed since Wide-Eyed Tommy took off for North Carolina State last week. Whipple has a fairly impressive track record in the jobs he's had (Brown and UMass head coach, the latter of which he led to a Div-IAA championship, and most recently QB Coach for the Super Bowl Champion Steelers), but has never held a Div-One position.
The greater community of Eagle supporters are warming up to the guy very much. They aren't alone, as this quote from Whip's current boss, Bill Cowher, shows:
“He’s excited about the opportunity,” Cowher said. “I think he’d be a great candidate for that school. What Mark has done has been well-documented. He’s a quality person and a good football coach. He’d be a great asset to any school.”
There is still a list of candidates that include Tulsa's Kragthorpe, former Giants HC and Raven's Offensive Coordinator Jim Fassel, and Richmond's Dave Clawson (who may also be tapped for OC). Some sources are reporting that at least two assistants are staying, and as many as five, including Spaz and Willis, are likely to remain. BC football gets the hot tab for this week.

Lukewarm: BC Hockey
The teams propensity to go win-loss-win-loss all season has made it difficult to get a read on the the #7 (as of Monday) icebirds. The problem could be anywhere, but, take a look at the box for goaltender Schneider for each of last weekend's home-and-home with the Minutemen.

Boston College-1 | Cory Schneider (58:41 L) 7 | 9 | 5 = 21 (2 GA)

Boston College-1 | Cory Schneider (60:00 W) 10 | 8 | 4 = 22 (2 GA)

Almost exactly the same. Final scores: Friday, L 2-1 in Amherst. Saturday, W, 5-2, in Conte. The question will be whether or not the massive Sophomore class can step up to the offensive plate and deliver when the big guns are shut down. Gerbe and Brockford both scored on Saturday to accompany Boyle's 2G game, but Friday's only BC tally came from Junior Dan Bertram.

Cold: the shoulder that voters keep giving Dudley, Big Time and co.
Yesterday's poll only had 5 votes for the 6-2 Eagles, who dominated ACC rival Maryland on Sunday night. Did the voters not see the game before turning in their ballots? BC won by 11, but with a 50% FT, including a horrendous 1-7 in the last minutes, the win could have easily been by 20 over the previously ranked Terps. That's now two home wins over ranked opponents.
I am aware that both the VT and Prov losses look really bad, but, BigTime was not in for the game against the Catamounts and, even in his 12 block display against the Friars, did not score anywhere near his 10.3 season average.
This is no bubble team, and come Dec. 28th at Allen Field House with Akida back in the line-up, it'll be interesting to see how it all goes down.

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