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CHESTNUT HILL, MA - OCTOBER 31:  Steve Addazio of the Boston College Eagles reacts in the second half against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Alumni Stadium on October 31, 2015 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Extent of offense’s scoring in BC’s spring game? Pair of FGs

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For those of you hoping to see a new and improved Boston College offense in the spring, you’ll have to wait until the fall — of which year I’m not yet certain.

During its run to a winless ACC slate, BC’s efforts on the scoring side of the ball were epically bad.  In eight conference games, the Eagles failed to top 17 points in all eight games and were shut out twice.  In two games against FCS teams, they scored 100 points; in the other 10 against FBS foes, they totaled 106.  Even with the 50 points per game they averaged against the lower-level teams, they still finished 120th in the country in scoring (17.2 ppg).

In other words, they were bad, especially in light of a very stout defense that was fourth in the country in points allowed (15.3 pg) and, if it had any help on the other side of the ball, would’ve been part of a bowl berth instead of a three-win season.  There has been some hope that help is on the way with the addition of new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler.

And then Saturday’s spring game happened.

So, in the end, BC’s scoring offense on the afternoon consisted of a pair of field goals and as many touchdowns as I had today — none.

While you need to take any stat coming out a spring game with a grain of salt the size of Mark Mangino, it has to at least be a bit disconcerting to head coach Steve Addazio that his revamped offensive staff did so little in a game that’s normally geared toward success on that side of the ball.

BC nixes Red Sox offer to play 2016 UConn game at Fenway Park

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 21:  A general view of Fenway Park before the game between the Boston College Eagles and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on November 21, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Boston College was afforded the opportunity to play a college football game at historic Fenway Park last season, but won’t take advantage of a similar opportunity this upcoming season.

According to a report from the Boston Globe, BC has turned down an offer from the Boston Red Sox to play their Nov. 19 game against UConn at Fenway Park.  While there were ticket allocation concerns for last year’s game against Notre Dame at the baseball park — as well as concerns over sight lines and tailgating atmosphere and the like that can’t be easily fixed — that wouldn’t the case this year as BC would’ve served as the home team.

Rather, the athletic department’s decision to reject the MLB club’s overtures came down to the simple fact that, in part because they are already scheduled to play a “home” game in Ireland, they only have six home games in 2016 and the university doesn’t want to go below that mark in any season.

“Boston College often receives requests to play home games at venues ranging from Gillette Stadium to Fenway Park,’’ Bates said. “We have consistently stated that we will consider the possibility only if it is more beneficial for our team, students, and fans, and only during those years in which we still have at least six games in Alumni Stadium. As a result, playing at Fenway Park during the 2016 season was never an option.”

That said, BC has not completely rejected the idea of playing at Fenway in the future, and the football program appears to have an open invitation from the baseball organization to play a game whenever it fits into their scheduling agenda.

“Given the positive feedback we received on last November’s Shamrock Series, the Red Sox would love to see a return of BC football to Fenway Park in the near future,’’ Sox president Sam Kennedy said. “We have extended the invitation for BC to return whenever it works for their schedule.”

John Swofford non-committal on future of ACC network

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25:  John Swofford, ACC Commissioner (C) addresses the media during a press conference to announce the New Era Pinstripe Bowl's multi-year partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference at Yankee Stadium on June 25, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)
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It’s possible there’s never been a better time to be the Atlantic Coast Conference. Virginia is the reigning College World Series champion. Florida State is a recent football champion and a perennial contender, and Clemson came damn close last year. Notre Dame is aboard, and the league’s footprint has been successfully extended to Louisville, Syracuse and Pittsburgh (Boston College’s 0-for-26 notwithstanding.)

And, by the way, there are six ACC basketball teams gearing up to play in the Sweet 16 later this week.

Life is good on Tobacco Road, so why not strike while the iron’s hot and move forward with the long-awaited ACC Network?

ACC commissioner John Swofford discussed the topic with WRAL in North Carolina and was customarily non-committal on the league’s future.

“I’m confident that our television [partnership] will turn out to be very successful and beneficial to the league. All I can tell you is those conversations are continuing, and until we reach a point where we’re definitive in our path forward, there’s really not going to be a whole lot to say about it. Our confidence in the future has not changed.”

The ACC is already ESPN’s largest content provider so the question plaguing the mythical ACC Network, with ESPN under widely-reported pressure to cut costs, is why the Worldwide Leader would have an interest in paying extra for content it’s already paying for? And if not, wouldn’t it make the most sense to go digital?

“It remains to be seen. Sometimes being first is a good idea, and sometimes it’s not such a good idea. That’s all part of the evaluation of where the industry is going, where the technology is going. All of that comes into play. I think the most important thing, from our perspective, is that we have a very good partner [in ESPN] that’s very progressive and has been at the top of the food chain for a long time and I suspect will be for a long time,” Swofford said.

“I think we’ve put ourselves in a very good position as a league with our footprint and the population base that we now have, and therefore the television sets we now have, to do some things we would not have been able to do otherwise. It gets back to what I said earlier – whatever we do, we want to give ourselves the best chance, and whatever that is, the best chance to be very successful from a timing standpoint and a distribution standpoint.

“The one thing we’ve learned from other conferences that have taken this step, a potential channel, is that there are ways to do it that work extremely well immediately. There are ways to do it where it had to evolve and develop, like the Big Ten, who had huge growing pains its first years. And then the PAC-12, which continues to really struggle with their approach. It’s all out there, so there’s something to be learned from each.”

Reading between those lines, it sounds like Swofford feels exactly zero rush to do anything ESPN doesn’t want him to do.

At least Boston College has hockey, right?

Boston College coach Steve Addazio watches during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Southern California in Los Angeles, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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Boston College managed to go without a single win in ACC football play in 2015 despite having the nation’s top-ranked defense. Unfortunately for Eagles fans in Boston, the woes continue to follow the program in the sport of men’s basketball. Boston College’s men’s basketball team has yet to win a game in ACC play, suffering their 15th consecutive loss in conference play this week against Virginia Tech. That puts the men’s hoops team at Boston College three losses away from a winless season in conference play, which would put Boston College in some extremely rare territory for power conference athletic programs.

As noted by Kevin Trahan of SB Nation, no major conference school has gone without a win in conference play in football and men’s basketball in the same academic year since TCU pulled the o-for in both sports in 1976-1977 in the old Southwest Conference. You have to go back to the World War eras to find two more current power conference programs to suffer the same fate. Northwestern did so in 1923-1924 with a combined 0-18 record and Georgia did the same in the 1943-44 seasons. The only other school to do so, Sewanee, ended up leaving the SEC following eight consecutive winless seasons in conference play. Sewanee pulled the dubious achievement off from 1932 through 1940 on six occasions. No wonder they packed it in.

Boston College probably had one of the best 0-8 seasons you may ever see in any conference schedule. The Eagles held opponents to fewer than 20 points on five occasions last season in losing efforts. Boston College held Florida state to 14 points, Duke to nine, Louisville to 17 and (non-conference opponent, of course) Notre Dame to 19. Five of Boston College’s losses came by a one-score margin or less and even Clemson had to pull away for a 34-17 lead in the second half of the game on their march to an ACC championship and spot in the College Football Playoff.

Boston College’s final three games this basketball season will be played against Georgia Tech (16-12), at North Carolina State (14-14) and home against Clemson (16-12). But hey, Boston College is a hockey school anyway, right? Boston College currently has the nation’s second-ranked men’s hockey team according to the latest USCHO rankings, and the women take the top spot in the poll too!

BC announces plans for indoor facility, leaves Miami as only ACC school without one

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In November of last year, North Carolina unveiled its plans to greatly improve its football facilities.  Three months later, a fellow ACC member has done the same.

Monday, Boston College announced plans for a $200 million worth of enhancements to the university’s athletic facilities.  Included in the proposal is a plan to build an indoor football facility.

That indoor facility, which would be located adjacent to Alumni Stadium, would not only include a practice field for football but space for “other field sports, as well as campus recreation, club sports and intramurals.”

The construction of the facility would be funded through private gifts. There’s no preliminary word on when the building would be completed.

“This announcement represents a commitment from Boston College to give our students the best facilities possible,” head football coach Steve Addazio said in a statement. “We are very excited for an indoor facility that will provide our student-athletes an opportunity to develop throughout the winter months.”

Andrea Adelson of writes that BC’s announcement, along with UNC’s plans, “leaves Miami as the only ACC school without a current plan for an indoor facility, though athletic director Blake James has spoken multiple times about his program’s desire to build one.”