If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it–Bert Lance, Director of the Office of Management and  Budget in Jimmy Carter’s 1977 administration.

Boston College athletics–at least the revenue producing sports of football and men’s basketball–is broke.

The football team, coming off a 3-9 season, in which it was 0-8 in the Altantic Coast Conference, is 3-4 this season, but 0-4 in the ACC.

The men’s basketball team, which begins the 2016-17 season next month, is coming off a 7-25 season in which it was 0-18 in the ACC.

It would be bad enough if it was simply a matter of Ws and Ls. BC has fallen into the level below mediocre, which is irrelevance.

Crowds are down, so is funding.  No one cares. In BC’s latest setback on Saturday, a 28-20 loss to Syracuse, the Homecoming Day attendance was announced at 34, 647.  It looked like half of that total.

BC athletics needs more than fixing. It needs reconstruction.

Here’s my guess on how to do it, starting at the top. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.