Author: Mark Blaudschun

Sunshine at The Heights–for now

They were all there. Past, present and future Boston College backers who were desperate to hear some encouraging words about BC athletics And on Monday at a press conference which brought all segments of the BC family together, Martin Jarmond was introduced as the new BC Director of Athletics. Jarmond delivered the message BC loyalists wanted to hear.   It was filled with a reality tinged optimism.  He talked about passion, something which has truly been absent at The Heights over the past several years, or at least well hidden. “”Passion is contagious,” said Jarmond, who oozes it the way a 37-year old athletic administrator given his first job running the show should sound. “It spreads and it is the fuel that builds momentum.” BC should embrace Martin Jarmond and his message. There is NO reason not to take it and think about a brighter future for the Eagles. Why not? It is the spring, right now there are NO negatives on the scoreboard against BC football or basketball, which is what big time college athletics is really all about and where BC has failed to measure up in recent years. Let Jarmond, who will start his day to day reconstruction of BC athletics in early June,  have his honeymoon period. Let him formulate plans, which worked to a great extent at Ohio State and Michigan State. Let him...

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BC finally has a new AD and he’s already working

White Smoke from the Presidents’ office at Boston College. Finally. All of  the paper work was  completed on Thursday when  Boston College announced that Ohio State Associate Athletic Director Martin Jarmond was coming to The Heights as the new Director of Athletics. Jarmond, who will officially be introduced on Monday, wasted little time getting started in his new job, sending out an email to donors asking for support saying he wanted them to be “partners to define the vision for BC athletics.” Reports, first posed by Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated, came out Tuesday that  Jarmond had emerged as the leading contender to replace Brad  Bates, whose contract was not renewed. Jarmond fits almost all of the criteria–fund raising ability, experience at a Power 5 school, familiarity with football and basketball–BC was looking for in its new AD to replace Brad Bates.  He is also young (37) and a minority, which is also a positive for a school which has dealt with some diversity questions in its athletic leadership structure. Other candidates such as former Red Sox executive Mike Dee and Seton Hall AD Pat Lyons were eliminated for a variety of reasons. Sources at BC maintain that the decision on Jarmond as the front runner was made several days ago. An interesting twist is that one of Jarmond’s duties at Ohio State was football scheduling, which  now includes...

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Dee withdraws as BC AD candidate

The rumors started circulating on Saturday and gathered strength over the next few days. On Monday, following an Easter weekend of reflection, Boston College President Father William Leahy  reportedly was leaning towards former Red Sox executive Mike Dee as the Eagles’ next athletic director. Sources at BC say that if there are no snags an announcement could be made as soon as Wednesday. But on Tuesday afternon, Dee responded to TMG Sports with an email and issued the following statement.  “I was honored to take part in the Boston College AD search process but recently informed the school that I was withdrawing to pursue another opportunity in the world of sports. I have long respected the school and Fr.Leahy’s leadership and wish them the best.”” Also taking himself out of consideration was Seton Hall athletic director Pat Lyons, another candidate who was under serious consideration. Of the three finalists that Leahy was presented by the BC search committee, Dee was the “outside the box” candidate, with no experience in college athletics. But the overall management  portion of his resume is impressive with two stints with the San Diego Padres, as well as the Red Sox and the Miami Dolphins.  Dee was also President of the Fenway Sports Group, which has had considerable dealings with BC.   His dealings with the Fenway group and a familiarity with Father Leahy were...

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Do the dots connect between BC and Mike Vollmar?

Here’s the situation. Boston College President Father William Leahy is expected to choose from a list of  three finalists as the next BC athletic director. Barring a last minute snag, that announcement could come by the middle of the week. Sources familiar with the process say that two of the finalists are associate ADs from  Power 5 conference schools, with an emphasis on football and basketball. Clear enough right? OK. Now comes the fun part of this ongoing search for someone to lead BC athletics back into the competitive world of ACC football and basketball. In the middle of last week, Mike Vollmar, a senior associate AD at Tennessee announced his resignation to pursue other career opportunities.  This did not come as a surprise since Tennessee hired John Curry from Kansas State as its new AD, a job that Vollmar obviously wanted. Here’s where it gets interesting. Vollmar’s resume includes almost 30 years of administrative jobs at Tennessee,  Michigan, Alabama, Michigan State and Syracuse. ALL of them  revolved around overseeing  or being connected to the football program. BC needs an athletic director and wants someone with big time football experience on his resume. Vollmar wants a job and has almost three decades of experience at the highest level (Big Ten, SEC, ACC). Do those dots connect? Stay...

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BC reportedly down to 3 finalists as AD

Officially, all is quiet on the Boston College campus. The school is shut down for the holiday/religious Easter weekend. But that does not mean the process of finding a new athletic director has been put into the “sleep” mode. According to several sources familiar with the proceedings, Boston College President Father William Leahy has been presented a list of 3 names. Leahy will presumably look over the files of those three names over the weekend. The candidates will then be ranked in sequential order and brought in for interviews, although the interview process might stop after the first candidate if an agreement can be reached. According to other sources familiar with the process, the list includes one candidate who is outside the normal athletic director/administrator  box and the two others are either ADs from non-Power 5  leagues or Senior Associate Power 5 conferences. Barring unexpected developments, BC should be ready to make an announcement by the middle of next week. What does remain murky to all but Father Leahy’s inner circle is a credible identification of those finalists. Speculation will continue, but with BC it is often pointless to guess using logic, so we will just wait a little longer for signs that a decision has been...

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