Calvin Pryor brings a physicality the Pats D sorely needs, thecardinalconnect.com

Trying to guess who the New England Patriots will take in the draft is about as easy as trying to guess the winning Power Ball numbers. Ok, ok, you’d have a better chance with Power Ball, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to try and get inside the mind of Bill Belichick.

While the Patriots have a handful of needs to fill with the draft one position that is flying under the radar is strong safety. This is why University of Louisville safety Calvin Pryor makes sense as the Patriots first pick (29th overall) in the 2014 NFL draft. Classic Belichick. When everyone says go right, he turns left. Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Calvin Pryor, S, University of Louisville »

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With the NFL Draft only a few weeks away and a lot of prospects on the board, one player to consider drafting is running back Andre Williams. Former Boston College running back Andre Williams has a candidate for the Heisman Trophy award this past fall. A senior at BC, Williams led the nation in yards with 2,177 yards along with 18 touchdowns with 355 carries this year. His senior year was by far his best year, including a game when had a career-high five touchdowns for BC with a 48-27 win over Army.

At the NFL combine, Williams said he is aware that he has to work on his pass protection in the backfield, as well as coming out of the back field as a receiver. He doesn’t  need to worry about his running ability, after he finished with 3,739 yards and 28 touchdowns with 704 carries. Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Andre Williams RB, Boston College »

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Johnny Manziel

/Recent reports from Ian Rapoport claims that former Texas A & M quarterback Johnny Manziel had a pre-draft meeting with the Patriots on this past Wednesday. Johnny Manziel, as also known as Johnny Football, was a Heiseman Trophy winner as a freshman with A&M and was a qualifier for award this past season. In his two college seasons, he has 7,820 passing yards and 63 touchdowns.

Why Johnny?

The question everyone must be wondering is why would he have a meeting in Foxboro when Tom Brady has another three years on his contract? Continue reading NFL Draft 2014: Johnny Manziel a Possibility for Patriots? »

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Jim Christian (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Jim Christian, formerly of Ohio University, has been hired as the new head coach of Boston College’s men’s basketball program, replacing Steve Donahue, who was fired after four seasons at the helm, during which he accrued a 54-76 record and failed to reach the NCAA Tournament once.

The 49-year-old Christian was not among the names initially rumored to be candidates for the job, the most prominent of which was Harvard’s Tommy Amaker, who will stay with the Crimson for an eighth season. In a teleconference, BC Director of Athletics Brad Bates said that he “brings three remarkable traits to Boston College basketball.”

Continue reading Boston College Hires Jim Christian to Coach Basketball Team »

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March Madness rolls on, but the 2013-14 college basketball season is over for the seven Massachusetts Division I teams. Harvard and UMass both took part in the NCAA Tournament, but with very different results, as the Crimson advanced to the Round of 32 while the Minutemen could never get their offense going and were one-and-done.

12th-seeded Harvard traveled to Spokane, Washington, where the Crimson upset fifth-ranked Cincinnati 61-57. Harvard built a seven-point halftime lead and managed to hold off the Bearcats in the second half, thanks in large part to a 43% field goal accuracy versus Cincinnati’s 36%. The Crimson was also more aggressive offensively, as evidenced by the free throw numbers: 17-for-28 (60%) for Harvard, 11-for-16 (68%) for Cincy.

Continue reading College Basketball Postseason Roundup: Harvard Adds Another Win to Record »

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Steve Donahue (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Boston College Director of Athletics Brad Bates announced on Tuesday that head coach Steve Donahue will not return for the final year of his contract as the Eagles’ head coach. BC was 54-76 in four years under Donahue and failed to make the NCAA Tournament once after doing so seven times between 2001 and 2009.

The Eagles are coming off a very rough season, going 8-24 with a 4-14 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play and losing to Georgia Tech in the first round of the ACC Tournament. BC did, however, make headlines for its upset of then-undefeated Syracuse on February 19, the lone bright spot in the 2013-14 season.

Continue reading BC Fires Basketball Coach Steve Donahue After Four Seasons »

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For the first time since 2007, two Massachusetts teams will play in the NCAA Tournament starting this week, as Harvard and UMass both had their names called on Selection Sunday. Harvard was an automatic qualifier after winning the Ivy League title, while the Minutemen, seemingly a lock earlier in the season, received an at-large bid after losing in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals.

UMass started the season very strong, winning its first 10 games and earning its first top 25 ranking since 1998. But the Minutemen went just 10-6 in A-10 play and finished tied for fifth with an overall record of 24-8, three games behind #18 Saint Louis. After defeating Rhode Island 65-61 in the conference tourney’s second round, UMass fell to George Washington 85-77 in the quarterfinals.

Continue reading Harvard, UMass Headed to the Big Dance »

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