Give BC credit for the effort

No one can accuse Boston College basketball coach Jim Christian of not giving maximum effort in trying to revive a basketball program that has been on life support in terms of on court success for the past several years. Dealing with tough academic standards, sub standard practice facilities and amenities for players, Christian has been…

A New England Alliance is essential

Let’s cut to the chase. Rivalries in sports are based on hate. Or in this politically correct world, strong dislike. In New England, the three schools at the FBS level–Boston College, UConn and UMass–have a common bond of physical proximity as well as a general disdain for each other. Yet, amazingly, incredibly, stubbornly and, in…

Bamford’s scheduling has given UMass a chance

For life as an independent–as the University of Massachusetts will be, starting in 2016, scheduling in football is the life blood for the program. Other than Notre Dame, which doesn’t have a problem finding opponents, BYU, which is also widely popular and Army, which remains very comfortable in its own independent skin, UMass is the…

American Pharoah is royalty

The Week That Was: The chatter grew louder each day. Story after story looking for ways why American Pharoah will not end the Triple Crown winner drought on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park. Same story, we’ve heard for years. The race–a mile and a half–was too long. The Derby is a mile and a quarter,…

UMass needs Naval support

It took 120 years for Navy to become affiliated with a conference in football. Unless the landscape changes dramatically, it might take 120 days for Naval Academy officials to decide life as an independent is better than life in the 12 team American Athletic Conference which will begin play as a two-division, championship game conference…

Brady bunch is shrinking

The Week That Was: Remember when the Patriots were a united front, even if it was often an “us vs. the world” mind set? Not so much anymore. And the amazing part is that the Patriots appear to have started to put some distance between one of their own–QB Tom Brady. Brady is still arguably…

UMass ready for next step

There will be moments in the next several weeks and months when new University of Massachusetts athletic director Ryan Bamford will feel like the Greek mythological character Sisyphus, whose fate was to perpetually push a huge boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back down the hill past him. Bamford was hired to…