So once again Boston College is at a crossroads in its athletic future. With the expected announcement on Monday that athletic director Brad Bates was leaving, the Eagles will have a change in athletic leadership which could include also football and men’s basketball within the next 12 months. And, don’t be stunned if there is a change at the Presidential level as well.
Let’s start with the job of athletic director.
Normally, any Power 5 conference AD opening would be regarded as a prime time opportunity. Here’s the first reality check for the folks at The Heights: The consensus opinion in college athletics is that NONE of the other 73 Power 5 conference athletic directors will apply.
Think about that for a minute.
Right now BC is not a destination point. Oh, there will be candidates and if BC does it right, there will be quality people who step forward, people with the credentials to make things better at BC.
BC has subpar facilities, a small fan base and an administration which has not had a history of support without lots of restrictions. Add the academic standards in an area of the country where support for college athletics is fragile and you have a tough sell.
Before ANY changes occur, the BC administration, starting with President Father William Leahy, must make some concessions.
Not in academic standards. There are examples all over the country at places like Stanford, Notre Dame, Virginia, Duke where you can still succeed athletically with tough academic standards.
The BC administration must concede that it doesn’t know what it doesn’t know.
For too many years, BC has carried an arrogance which hasn’t been justified by the results. The standard line from frustrated supporters and coaches was that BC wants to be Harvard from Monday through Friday, but Alabama on Saturday. Their way is the right way, no matter what the results might suggest. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.