AD Bates to leave

Athletic Director Brad Bates, who took the position in 2012, announced today he will leave BC at the end of the academic year.

Bates came to BC from Miami of Ohio where he had been athletic director for 10 years. He previously spent 17 years in the athletics department at Vanderbilt. He is an alumnus of and former football player at Michigan.

Bates hired both football coach Steve Addazio and men’s basketball coach Jim Christian at BC. The football team is 24-27 under Addazio, 10-22 in the ACC, with bowl appearances in 2013, 2014, and 2016. The men’s basketball team is 9-18 overall and 2-11 in the ACC this season. It went 13-19 in 2014-15 and 7-25 in 2015-16.

BC said it would begin a national search for a replacement, with the assistance of an executive search firm. Bates is to join Collegiate Sports Associates, a consulting and executive search firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Beanpot downer

Colin White (15) scored his second career Beanpot goal against Northeastern

Colin White (15) scored his second career Beanpot goal against Northeastern

In nearly a quarter-century, Harvard had not won the Beanpot and BC had not finished less than 3rd. Last night, Harvard won the title and BC lost to finish last, both for the first time since 1993. BC Coach Jerry York had never lost a Beanpot consolation game before last night.

BC and Northeastern were tied with about a minute to go, when David Cotton scored to put the Eagles ahead, 3-2. But the goal was disallowed because of goalie interference, a call disputed by Coach York. Northeastern turned the game around with a quick score under a minute and added its 4th into an empty BC net.

The Eagles fell to 18-12-2 (13-4-1). They remain in front of Hockey East but fell to #11 in the national rankings and are “on the bubble” for selection to the NCAAs. BC plays #16 Vermont twice, Friday and Saturday, at Conte Forum and ends the regular season with a home-and-home against #6 UMass-Lowell on February 23 and 24.

Snow day!

San Diego Eagles will enjoy viewing . . . from afar and in more pleasant conditions . . . the antics of BC students Thursday as they enjoyed a day free from classes.

There was once a time when BC did not cancel classes because of a little snow. Harumph, says the old Eagle. It was also a time when the University had a single computer. :)