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Eagle Has Landed: Can Boston College Do Anything Right?

John Cahill (right) is what BC has for "veteran leadership" this year. (AP Photo)

To be honest, I was rooting for the Eagles football team to go 1-11.

When I mentioned this to friends, they jokingly responded, “What, to get the top draft pick?” While this vestige of pro sports fandom probably had more of an effect on rooting against my team than I imagine, more than anything I wanted to drive home just how bad this team is.

Frank Spaziani is not an FBS head coach, and the more horrendous a season he had, the more change would be enacted. I fully expect him to be fired after this season, although with a presumably 3-9 finish, there is unlikely to be a complete overhaul of the program.

There should be though. Why would anyone want to watch Boston College play at this point? Chase Rettig is probably more suited to be a Chaser than a quarterback, and that’s a position in a sport that doesn’t exist. Luke Kuechly is the only decent player on the team, and he is forced to do everything for every other member of the defense.

I do not feel the same way about the basketball team. I believe in head coach Steve Donahue, but there are going to be some growing pains this year. He was dealt a very difficult hand, with the loss of a bounty of seniors and junior Reggie Jackson.

Those departures accounted for the entire starting lineup and almost all of the team’s production. There are only three players on this year’s squad who saw action last year. John Cahill is the only starter of those three, and he is a former walk-on who is currently listed in this year’s program as a student manager.

I doubt he was on Coach K’s recruiting radar. The other two returnees are little more than decent rotation players. Danny Rubin is a good shooter who seems to have no idea what weights are, and Gabriel Moton’s only discernible skill appears to be, “decent dribbling.”

There is some talent among the freshmen, and there is reason to believe that they will be competitive as soon as next year.

They will be a tortured mess this year though, as evidenced by Friday night’s 22-point loss to Patriot League titan Holy Cross. It was the Crusaders’ first win of the season, after sound defeats to the murderers row that is the College of Charleston and Harvard.

The Eagles’ leading scorer in the game was Jordan Daniels, a freshman point guard I could easily post up (I‘m 6-foot-1). In their defense, forward Patrick Heckmann, a German player who led the Eagles in their home-opening win over UNH, was out with a sprained ankle.

If they are so thin that the loss of a relatively unknown freshman sends them into a tailspin, I can’t imagine how the ACC schedule is going to go.

This athletic program is a far cry from where it was just a few years ago, when the basketball team racked up All-Americans, Matt Ryan was in the Heisman discussion, and Al Skinner was named National Coach of the Year.

On the bright side, the Eagles are first in Hockey East.

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