Speaking specifically from a football standpoint, in recent years not a lot of noteworthy news comes out of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts as it pertains to the Boston College Eagles program. They’re at the bottom of the barrel in the ACC, they don’t have a star quarterback to flash to the country–a-la the Matt Ryan years, and they haven’t bagged any five-star recruits to really give the program some much needed buzz.
If there has been any kind of jolt given to BC in the past year, it was the hiring of the fiery Steve Addazio as their new head coach. The former Temple Owls head man has been preaching about the tough, hard-nosed attitude he wants to bring back to the northernmost football member of the ACC.
Today, Addazio took another step in changing the culture of the program.
While appearing on ESPN’s SportsNation, Addazio addressed the fans and announced that BC is going to “take the names off of the back of the jerseys, so that we stand as one.”
While this may seem like a small change to some, it’s a step in the right direction. Boston College is in dire need of a revamping of the program. Addazio pressing the ‘team first’ concept so adamantly may be one of the tools to getting this program to where it seemed–at one time–it was headed. During the ‘Ryan Years’ mentioned above, the Eagles were participants in two straight ACC Championship Games and seemed poised to be a consistent top-dog in the conference. As history has shown, things haven’t quite worked out that way.
There was a period in time where BC has done this before. When former coach–and current New York Giants two-time Super Bowl winning head coach–Tom Coughlin arrived in 1991, he had the names removed from the back of the jerseys. This lasted through his tenure in Chestnut Hill and all the way until 2001 when they were placed back on.