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Boston College cancels spring game as massive manhunt continues

Law enforcement officers in tactical gear enter the search area for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the one remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, in Watertown Reuters

While it’s utterly meaningless in the grand scheme of things, the ongoing tragedy in Boston has impacted one FBS football program nearing the end of spring practice.

Due to the ongoing manhunt for one of the individuals believed responsible for the terrorist bombings at the Boston marathon Monday, Boston College announced Friday that Saturday’s spring game has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.  All other home sports event scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled as well.

Athletic director Brad Bates said the decision was made after consulting various law enforcement officials as well as out of respect for the tragic events over the past five days.

“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,” Bates said in a statement. “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.”

Tomorrow’s Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Football Game was to be the first under new head coach Steve Addazio.

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3 Responses to “Boston College cancels spring game as massive manhunt continues”
  1. southernpatriots says: Apr 19, 2013 4:54 PM

    Our hearts and our prayers are with the people of Boston, especially the families and friends of those who were murdered, and those who injured by these cowards. May God protect Bostonians and all others from any further violence by the remaining coward(s?) and help law enforcement locate and apprehend the remaining terrorist(s?).

    Boston College is doing the right thing.

  2. redpillmindstate says: Apr 19, 2013 6:07 PM

    Hearts and prayers to those injured and killed in a senseless attach that proved nothing and accomplished even less

  3. southernpatriots says: Apr 20, 2013 1:22 AM

    Much credit goes to the Bostonians who listened to and followed the instructions of law enforcement and remained vigilant. They now have the remaining Muslim brother. Now, hopefully answers will come forth on where they received the training to build the bombs, and the techniques used, and all other questions that law enforcement wish to ask him.

    Thanks to all the law enforcement personnel and agencies which worked together to bring this search and apprehension of this cowardly terrorist to a successful conclusion.

    Thank you and God bless you all!

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