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.