Re: Bigger ACC = more teams that beat BC
posted at 10/29/2011 10:16 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Bigger ACC = more teams that beat BC
:[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Bigger ACC = more teams that beat BC : That BC football was better in the immediate years after leaving the Big East, when they essentially were playing with their Big East recruits, just proves my point that the program has declined over time since joining the ACC. I couldn't care less whether they are a little under .500, .500, or a little over .500. The point is they are an average-at-best football program heading in the wrong direction. They and their supporters should focus on that fact and spend less time trying to pretend they are the top athletic program in the Northeast or backslapping about aiding the destruction of a conference they helped found and were once a proud member. In terms of basketball, BC's best two years in the ACC were their first two years when again they were playing primarily with Big East recruits. As with football, joining the ACC seems to have hurt their competitiveness and recruiting over time.
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You're right about the first two years, but otherwise, not really. What's happened is the decline in coaching / recruiting efforts for both programs. As we've debated over and over here and elsewhere, Skinner lost his assistants and his own personal drive to recruit hard and fast which is what's needed to build a basketball program. SD has just begun so we'll see what he can deliver.
In football, O'Brien thought the grass would be greener so he left, but clearly it's not. Then, GDF errored on behalf of the football program. The error occured when he hired Jags, who has shown with his continued professional path that he's not cut out to build a program, but is rather a disingenuous salesman. Additionally, he might have run a good offensive scheme with a first round QB (whom he did not recruit), but he wasn't thinking long term, which showed in the results of his weakening roster.
Added to that, hiring Spaz was a calculated risk that has backfired to the detriment of both Spaz and the program. Too bad really, Spaz is a good man, but can't seem to gain the respect of all parties that's needed to bring in talent and competency. Now, GDF needs to start over and a person of integrity needs to be hired who can gain the turst of student-athletes and families to rebuild the program.
But all these events have nothing to do with BE vs ACC. They have to do with bad decisions.
On a related note, the current scramble in league alliances and crumbled rivalries is fueled by tv contracts and money. The fact that BC was able to move years ago, ahead of the curve and before this latest scramble, appears to have been a good move despite the hard feelings caused at the time.