OK, so here's the deal, the official website for Boston College--www.bc.edu--is meant for people already in the know about the Jesuit college in Massachusetts: the front page is a listing of events and articles about the university and there's nothing really eye-catching or interesting about the design or content for the BC novice. It's if the college's alumni newsletter was given top priority on the site. Definitely no pretty pictures as from UC-Santa Barbara's or Pacific's sites and no interesting trivia bits like TCU's "What Is A Horned Frog?" page or the well-laid out alumni page of the College of the Holy Cross. Visit the site if you must, but check out information about one of the most snobbish Bostonians who ever lived, Richard Clarke Cabot, at the following address:
This is the man who wrote "So this is good old Boston, home of the bean and the cod. Where the Lowells talk only to Cabots and the Cabots talk only to God." Cabot had nothing to do with Boston College as far as I can find, but my dad drilled that quote into my brain when I was a youngster so I want to honor him a bit the day before his birthday. So Happy Birthday, Dad. You want to learn more about the entire Cabot line? Try this page that traces the origin of the clan's wealth:
The Boston College Eagles are having a solid start to their 2002-2003 season, beginning 6-1 with their sole loss coming to a ranked South Carolina team in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The squad is well balanced in terms of experience with five freshmen joining a squad with five seniors, two juniors, and two sophomores. Eight of the players are taller than 6 feet and and all but three come from the east. The Eagles have outrebounded opponents by more than 9 per game and shoot a blistering 78% from the free throw line. Despite being involved in a number of blowouts in the young season, only 6 Eagles have seen action in all seven contests this year and four of the starters average more than 29 minutes per game. When winning games by 26, 18, 17, 7, 38, and 39 points, surely there's time to fit in a few substitutes. The Eagles are prone to turning over the ball, averaging almost 17 per game to date, but they're just as likely to get a few back in return: their opponents average almost 21 per outing. Learn more about the Boston College Eagles women's basketball team at the following site:
While the Eagles have a number of impressive players, including 5'9" sophomore Jessalyn Deveny (20 ppg and 6 rpg) and 6'1" senior Becky Gottstein (13 ppg and 7.6 rpg), the key to their success has been head coach Cathy Inglese who knows about winning at the NCAA Division I level. Inglese has been the single-most effective coach at BC in her 10 years, leading the squad to school records for single season total victories, single season Big East victories, AP ranking, NCAA seeding, and home attendance. In her most successful season, 1999-2000, Inglese led BC to a 26-9 recording including a perfect 14-0 at home. Yet for all of her wins at Boston College, Inglese may have reached greater heights while coaching the University of Vermont; in two of her years in Burlington, Inglese's Catamount teams went 57-0 in regular season play and earned two AT-LARGE berths into the NCAA tournament. While the Eagles have not yet passed the NCAA 2nd round under Inglese's watch, they're going to be a strong force in the Big East and on the national scene under Inglese's watch. Learn more about this terrific coach at the following pages:
So Boston College has a 6-1 record this year with a key win over Temple and a "good" loss to a ranked South Carolina team. So the team is shooting 78% from the line and has outrebounded its opponents by more than 9 per game to date. So they're ranked #21 in the nation right now. So they've got a balanced squad both in terms of experience and size. A fan may think the Eagles will give the Boilers a run for their money at Mackey on Saturday, except that the Eagles' wins came against Siena, Northeastern, Harvard, Holy Cross, Oregon, and Temple. Their "good" loss against South Carolina came when All-American candidate Jocelyn Penn didn't play in the game. The Eagles shooting 78% from the line, but go only 15 times per game on average. Three players average double figure points per game, including Deveny and Gottstein, but no other player on the team averages more than 6.5 points. The Eagles will test the Boilers with their two stars, plus a physical point guard named Brianne Stepherson, but the Boilers should pass that test as they return home for the first time since defeating TCU the day after Thanksgiving. Home cooking may just be what the Boilers need and a supportive crowd on Saturday would push them that much closer to 8-1 on the season.