Alumni Stadium

micmon

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I found the Stadium Journey website hard to read because of text blocking pop-up ads I couldn't seem to get rid of. Including one that read Riff Ram above a TCU player and Request TCU Football tickets. Kid you not.

What I could read about BC seemed pretty dead-on, for better or worse.
 

DoubleEagle68

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I found the Stadium Journey website hard to read because of text blocking pop-up ads I couldn't seem to get rid of. Including one that read Riff Ram above a TCU player and Request TCU Football tickets. Kid you not.

What I could read about BC seemed pretty dead-on, for better or worse.
The website also gives reviews on Basketball and Hockey Experience at Conte, as well as Baseball at Harrington Athletics Village. You'll find yourself nodding at a lot of the comments as they are unbiased assessments. I found the site easy to read in www.stadiumjourney.com
 

CDB

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As we are being nostalgic, let's go back the early 2000s and see the rise and fall of Gene D. At the time he he took over, BC and Syracuse were the two programs losing the most money in the NCAA -- (yes they are both private schools with a much higher tuition than public schools). BC had a decision to make -- de-emphasize or find a better way to manage finances. Gene D was a master at finances. He got us into the ACC -- then we were out -- and then, magically he got us back in. For that he was awarded AD of the year by his contemporaries. The future looked great with a coach who won 10 games us in JAG. But then Gene D went off the deep end and believed that any college coach that ever looked for a better opportunity after being at BC was persona non grata. He not only fired JAG, he did the same to a great Women's basketball coach, and replaced AL with basically untested, unqualified coaches -- who all promised him they would stay until they retired. He took our great defensive coach, who never aspired to be a head coach, and placed him in a position he did not have the desire or talents to handle. GD should have been fired -- I hate it that he is still used sometimes as BC via his consultant firm. All that great PR was destroyed. But now Kraft is in a similar spot that Gene was in when he began. He has some problems to resolve and let's hope he not only finds solutions that keep us relevant, but that if he does, he does not go over the deep end like Gene did.
 

DoubleEagle68

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As we are being nostalgic, let's go back the early 2000s and see the rise and fall of Gene D. At the time he he took over, BC and Syracuse were the two programs losing the most money in the NCAA -- (yes they are both private schools with a much higher tuition than public schools). BC had a decision to make -- de-emphasize or find a better way to manage finances. Gene D was a master at finances. He got us into the ACC -- then we were out -- and then, magically he got us back in. For that he was awarded AD of the year by his contemporaries. The future looked great with a coach who won 10 games us in JAG. But then Gene D went off the deep end and believed that any college coach that ever looked for a better opportunity after being at BC was persona non grata. He not only fired JAG, he did the same to a great Women's basketball coach, and replaced AL with basically untested, unqualified coaches -- who all promised him they would stay until they retired. He took our great defensive coach, who never aspired to be a head coach, and placed him in a position he did not have the desire or talents to handle. GD should have been fired -- I hate it that he is still used sometimes as BC via his consultant firm. All that great PR was destroyed. But now Kraft is in a similar spot that Gene was in when he began. He has some problems to resolve and let's hope he not only finds solutions that keep us relevant, but that if he does, he does not go over the deep end like Gene did.
Great BC History Lesson! BC's athletic program switched on a dime with terrible decisions. These latest coaching decisions have looked good so far. I am hopeful that BC Athletics are heading in the right direction again.
 

BCEagle74

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Great BC History Lesson! BC's athletic program switched on a dime with terrible decisions. These latest coaching decisions have looked good so far. I am hopeful that BC Athletics are heading in the right direction again.
My first post of a two hundred thousand++, 20 years ago was to implore GDF to re-approach the ACC and get us in after first rejected!

It was me versus 50+ Big East shortsighted BC posters who could never see the light and how wrong they were. Everyone hated me then and most still do. 😂

That is when Eagle Insider was a magnificent nexus and spectacular site.

NC State alum alerted me to scoop they hired TOBLUNDERS, so they could always have that!

NB: Al Skinner virtually stopped recruiting and was seen as often as Elvis in required high schools and recruit games.

Hurley’s Dad quote.

Al recruited from his phone and barcolounger and was the RecPlex all time leading scorer. Al deserved to be fired!

Al needed to go for whatever reason and that was the story.

GDFxckup’s arrogance was not firing Al, but he gave us Donahue who said he had trouble recruiting inner city kids before the interviews which should had disqualified him from any major college job!!

Then the Hairdo MACCOMFORTZONE loser Bates hiring Christian and Daz.

BC deserved what it got. BC was warned and it still went cheap and lazy.

This was before the donated IPF and still yet to be built Hoops Practice Facility.

BC under Leahy and this Board of Puscadores has changed the school to a secular left wing radical college, like most, but worse dropping us into Dante’s Last Rectum of Hell, we have still not recovered.

Hafley is a tireless recruiter and Grant seems to be on his way.

Make no mistake, long term high profile damage was done to our 2 biggest revenue generating programs. 🏈🏀
 
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CDB

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Cannot argue about Al Skinner not working hard, but he did bring us Craig, Sean, and Dudley, and all three could have played anywhere -- but he had stopped finding those kind of recruits and no one ever accused him of working too hard. If you were the guy who got Gene to go back after all the pressure from the BE floosies (especially Calhoun is still fuming because BC would never hire him), and both Dean and K not wanting us in the ACC -- thank you very muc. It saved BC football for a while and Gene did get it done. I remember the antagonism to you for those postings -- which made no sense -- anyone could see that the BIGEAST lost its chance to be a great football league when the basketball schools successfully opposed Penn State's inclusion and they left to the Big 10 and the BIGEAST was through when Miami left the BIGEAST. I even remember a board where I used to like your posts and whenever you got up to a certain number of likes, the Admin would change your score to a huge negative -- I believe that board is still around, but totally irrelevant -- how can you have a board where folks are not free to post what they think -- as long as it doesn't attack another person -- lots of us disagree here, but it is not personal -- everyone is neither right nor wrong -- it is always our opinion and we are all entitled to that opinion. When I call you a prophet it is because I have followed you since I first got on a BE Board years and years ago. One thing I know is that you do not post without tons of research -- and because of that I listen and investigate and check -- all because there is a respect there. Keep it up. BC is at another crossroads and posters on boards like this need to clamor a bit, make some noise, so that someone at least listens.
 

BCEagle74

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I really appreciate your true kindness and thoughtfulness. Your memory is a great gift.

When I head to my mountain retreat sabbatical I will send you a mountain goat as a pet that will eventually become fajitas!

People who hated my hire Calhoun posts, and of course hundreds of other great coaches we passed on over 20 years in all sports, and hate UCONN, fail to remember BC whines about it’s solid past teams in that BE era and then after…

UCONN w 4 National Titles in 15 years! Soccer & Geno too with 11 Titles!

BC never made a Final Four and now 16 years and zero Tourney wins.

Four!

Utter Eagle Nation embarrassment and humiliation.

Leahy and the BOT lazy cheap arrogant spineless leadership era.

Thank God every day for JY & our Hockey Program.

Our men’s LAX team might have had a chance to be Champions in the heart of LAX recruiting country but alas, cheap & lazy killed it off and even after Welles story, these arrogant bastards made up more false Title 9 excuses again & other funding lies.
 
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CDB

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There have been so many mistakes. Refusing to hire Calhoun, who begged for the job while at Northeastern. And it was just a personality conflict -- nothing tangible that reflected on fear of recruiting athletes or something one could understand. Our great center from the Cousy era -- one of best shot blockers we have ever had -- has a daughter who wants so much to play here -- our coaching staff tells her she is too fat -- she is not college material -- she goes on to star for Gene and cement his legend as one of the great ones -- and the beat goes on -- yes, there have been other colleges that make mistakes -- e.g. West VA fired Bobby Bowden -- but those schools do not continue to make mistakes that seemed to be based on arrogance and pride -- they try to correct them -- West VA wouldn't have such a loyal fan base if it continued to make similar mistakes. Coach Dan should have never been here, too, but to be fair to BC, the VA TECH coach pulled out the day he was supposed to be announced and our mismanagers were more then desperate. But there never seems to be a consistent support of athletics -- I used to think it was a Jesuit thing -- but the way programs are run at other Jesuit schools in basketball compared to how they are run here -- tells me this is a problem localized to our admin. Hopefully, someone will wake up and change.
 

CDB

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Agree. Here is a post taken from a rival board (I will not mention who, but AJ worked their at the time this was published:

Father Monan was the President of Boston College from 1972-1996. When Monan began at BC, it was a commuter school that was millions of dollars in debt. He turned BC into an internationally respected university with a $500 million dollar plus endowment. As the longest serving President in BC history, Father Monan made just as much of an impact on athletics as he did on academics. Conte Forum and an Alumni Stadium expansion were both built during Father Monan’s presidency, and he was a familiar face at Kelley Rink until the end of his life. Father Monan was also known for encouraging athletes to take their studies just as seriously as practice, helping BC to become known for high athlete graduation rates.

William J. Flynn was BC’s Athletic Director from 1957-1990. Like Monan, he was committed to balancing athletics and academics, and he founded the Office of Learning Resources for Student Athletes at BC. With Monan’s support, Flynn was also instrumental in getting Conte Forum, Alumni Stadium, and the Flynn Rec Plex built. Prior to Monan’s hiring, Flynn also saw to the construction of the hockey and basketball building preceding Conte (McHugh Forum and Roberts Center), as well as a new baseball field. Between 1972 and 1985, Flynn expanded the number of varsity women’s programs from 4 to 15, many of which have become some of BC’s most successful programs. Flynn was also a BC alumnus, played 3 sports for the Eagles, and earned the distinction of being the first BC hockey player to score 20 goals in a season. He was also the captain of the 1938 BC football team.
 

DoubleEagle68

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Agree. Here is a post taken from a rival board (I will not mention who, but AJ worked their at the time this was published:

Father Monan was the President of Boston College from 1972-1996. When Monan began at BC, it was a commuter school that was millions of dollars in debt. He turned BC into an internationally respected university with a $500 million dollar plus endowment. As the longest serving President in BC history, Father Monan made just as much of an impact on athletics as he did on academics. Conte Forum and an Alumni Stadium expansion were both built during Father Monan’s presidency, and he was a familiar face at Kelley Rink until the end of his life. Father Monan was also known for encouraging athletes to take their studies just as seriously as practice, helping BC to become known for high athlete graduation rates.

William J. Flynn was BC’s Athletic Director from 1957-1990. Like Monan, he was committed to balancing athletics and academics, and he founded the Office of Learning Resources for Student Athletes at BC. With Monan’s support, Flynn was also instrumental in getting Conte Forum, Alumni Stadium, and the Flynn Rec Plex built. Prior to Monan’s hiring, Flynn also saw to the construction of the hockey and basketball building preceding Conte (McHugh Forum and Roberts Center), as well as a new baseball field. Between 1972 and 1985, Flynn expanded the number of varsity women’s programs from 4 to 15, many of which have become some of BC’s most successful programs. Flynn was also a BC alumnus, played 3 sports for the Eagles, and earned the distinction of being the first BC hockey player to score 20 goals in a season. He was also the captain of the 1938 BC football team.
Thank you, for documenting the greatest of those 2 men. They made BC relevant, not only in Athletics but also in Academics.
 

DoubleEagle68

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If no new football stadium, what is "our" plans to improve Alumni Stadium?

I look at the East Stands as a good place to start. I'd like to see building above the garage (or eliminating it.). Have Luxury boxes above the upper deck and needed facilities for the fans on that side of the stadium.

Build a 5-6 story garage at the site of the old Flynn Rec Center. Maybe have those roof top RV spaces like they do at Tennessee.

I'd like Kraft to insist on reserving the Lower Campus for athletics for any future development.

Future Plans should include closing in the Upper Deck corners. Maybe have some beer gardens in there.

I don't know what it looks like under the stands now, but I'm sure it could use a complete renovation with added rest rooms and added food alternatives.
 

AGPennyPacker

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This actually tells me that whomever hired Jarmond and Kraft knew that they were great AD's and as often happens, richer programs grabbed them away. I have no doubt that they will replace Kraft with a great AD but I do agree that I would want a BC guy that actually bleeds Maroon and Gold and wants to be here for long run.
 

CDB

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Penn State just lost their D- Coordinator and rumors have Franklin will leave next season. We should not lose Hafley unless he hits out of the park this season, but Kraft really knows all our coaches. I guess this answers any questions about stadium improvement.
 

BCEagle74

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$70 million

Penn State on Nov. 23 announced Franklin's new 10-year contract that is worth a guaranteed $70 million. With annual retention bonuses and a life-insurance loan, the contract's total value reaches $85 million.

Who can pay more than $8.5M?

You have to remember Penn State was always big time blue blood Football and won 19 out of first 20 games vs. BC and 1 game played in last 18 years.

Penn State moved away from old Eastern Conference foes it mainly destroyed for decades? BC was always small potatoes compared to Penn State and always will be?


24 Games​


Penn State leads series, 20-4-0
Record when both teams are ranked: Boston College leads, 1-0-0
Record when only Penn State is ranked: Penn State leads, 10-0-0
Record when only Boston College is ranked: Tied, 1-1-0
 
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