BC call: My bad

Sometimes you are right on stories. Sometimes you are not. I have worked as hard as I can on pinning down the BC basketball coaching story. On Tuesday night, I heard the Eagles were closing in on Jim Christian.
I couldn’t pin it down completely so I waited and put out more calls. On Wednesday morning, I woke up with a confirmation from a source. I went with the story.
I was wrong. I screwed up. BC is close, but close is not done. My bad. The deal with Christian still should get done, but until it is a closed issue, it isn’t over.
I apologize. For all of the critics out there, who call me clueless. Well, obviously this time they are right.
My bad. I will try to do better. I could take an easy way in the world of twitter and blogs and just ignore this. Change it and delete it and make like it didn’t happen. And I do that myself to correct mistakes, but the responsibility for the mistake remains mine.
So the beat and the search continue.

© 2014, Mark. All rights reserved.

  24 comments for “BC call: My bad

  1. UMass Forever
    April 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I always respected you as a reporter in spite of the fact you were covering BC Athletics. Now I have even greater respect for you for taking the high road. Now regarding the BC BBall coaching search……???

  2. Big Shot
    April 3, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Mark, don’t take these miscreants from BC personally. They can’t believe that most see them as ordinary at best, weird is probably the opinion of most. They are getting a long lesson from those in the basketball community, that BC basketball is hopeless. I’m not surprised, as the smugness, has caught up with them,their opinion of themselves is not very accurate. Oh well, these are the same people who handled the ongoing catholic priest scandal, and securing safety for their friend Cardinal Law. I say let’s take the tax-exempt status away from the catholic church, as taxpayers are subsidizing these deviants.
    One thing I will predict, is the cycle will start again, when the next coach is hired.They will say,”what a great hire, this shows how great we are”, to be followed a few years later with,” lets fire this bum, we can’t win”.
    Always someone else to blame. Right now,you are the fall guy for reporting.

  3. Adam
    April 2, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks for still writing about Boston College.

    I really think they should focus on Jimmy Patsos – ex Gary Williams assistant and coach at Siena. He can recruit in the Northeast and knows the Catholic High Schools.

  4. lskinna
    April 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Appreciate the coverage Blauds. My biggest issue will be with the decision. I’m afraid that inside 617/978/508, it too will be a big YAWN. As a BC grad, I always have hope, but I’m not encouraged by process being reported.

  5. Albany Eagle
    April 2, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Jay Wright. That was a mean April Fools Joke.

    Any info from the 2010 search that hired Donahue, specifically if Fran McCaffery was ever contacted? Or if McCaffery contacted BC and expressed interest? I ask because do either of the finalists mentioned have the kind of momentum that McCaffery and Donahue had in 2010?

    I agree with you Mark and others, that by not getting Amaker (or Calhoun but I get that) then why fire Donahue this year? It doesn’t make sense to me if the result of this coaching change was change to get rid of Donahue.

    And what kind of juice does Bates have if he can’t hire (or not fire) his own coaches? Assuming that Bates was content to give Donahue one more year, but a faction from the Board of Trustees (who? Get rid of them) wanted him gone.

  6. Finkel
    April 2, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Good reporting. No need to “my bad” it. Amazing how Coen and O’Shea didnt get an interview. Even the last AD who I thought was clueless was smart enough to interview those guys for the last search.

  7. GS
    April 2, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I could care less. You’re doggedly pursuing this story and I would much prefer you got it wrong in your zest for information than you lay off the gas, scared of being wrong. Big deal. You’re source screwed you, you acknowledged as much and we’re moving on.

    I have taken issue with some of the stuff you’ve insinuated about the program, in my mind unfairly at times, and I have said my peace. But I tell you what – I read that article in the Globe today that Washburn put out and it makes me appreciate your take on things. That guy should hand in his columnist badge.

    So let’s get back to Ben’s question above. It sounds like you think they are still close to hiring this guy. Do you still think we’re in the bottom of the 8th? Or do you think this thing goes to extra innings and he goes to Arlington to talk to more people?

    I’m also curious if you can provide more color on this search firm. I know Fogler’s involved, but who are these people, what is their role and what sort of influence over the process do they have?

    Keep digging. The entertainment factor has just sky-rocketed. I love it!


    • Ben Dover
      April 2, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      Blauds, the tl;dr version of the above is:

      When do you think the coaching search stops concludes?

      • SJGMoney
        April 2, 2014 at 3:03 pm

        Do you honestly think Blauds knows what your little acronymn/abbreviation/interent slang is? Just because the head unibrow tool and his uninformed friend Rubin love it on CoitusIntterruped?

        • Ben Dover
          April 3, 2014 at 8:11 am

          Always great to hear from the UMass contingent. Tax dollars at work!

          • SJGMoney
            April 3, 2014 at 12:05 pm

            Says the supporter of one of the biggest tax dodgers in the state. Do you understand the definition of hypocrisy? Or were you getting diddled by one of the priests when they taught that?

  8. Don Rich
    April 2, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I do not follow the criticism here. Mark, I am a BC alumnus of almost 25 years (and had a journalism minor), and have read your work at the Boston Globe and elsewhere for most of those 25 years. You owe no apology here. While I have not always agreed with your view, it seems like you have always been fair when covering BC. Thank you.

  9. Jay
    April 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Blauds, I give you credit. At least you have the stones to put whatever small amount of information that is available out there. This sounds like a tough story to crack. I’m happy to read whatever info, regardless of how small it is, you put out there.

  10. SJGMoney
    April 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Professional way to man up, hat tip to you. However when you write this: “I could take the twitter and blog way and just ignore this. Change it and delete it and make like it didn’t happen.” This rings a little hollow seeing as you do this (change things without acknowledging the mistake) quite often on this blog.

    • Ricky
      April 2, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Agreed. Mark, you have already changed and deleted parts of the previous stories, including the headlines. You categorize “blogs” as a bad thing, yet you are writing on one. Blogs usually get a bad reputation for being inaccurate and having knee jerk reactions. Well, how would you rate your performance during this coaching search? I think the so called “integrity” shown in the old newspapers was more a function of the slower news cycle and not being able to edit the wrong information in people’s newspapers once the ink hit the paper.

      • Mark
        April 2, 2014 at 11:01 am

        You are right

        • Ricky
          April 2, 2014 at 11:37 am

          Mark, that’s why many of these internet commentors love to take the piss out of you when you’re incorrect on something. Many current and former members of the old media love to discredit information or a writer because a message was conveyed electronically versus on paper. The revolution happened, Paper is dead. Anyone who tries to ride the high horse that they once wrote for a daily newspaper is just seen as a dinosaur. People love to take down hypocrites and windbags. Especially when the commentors treat a blog as a sideline hobby and the newspaper guy tries to see himself as a “professional” above their reproach.

      • Mark
        April 2, 2014 at 3:46 pm

        You are right and the good thing about blogs is that you can correct your mistakes, which I have done and will continue to do. My performance has been average. I’ve had the names, the time frame, but the landscape keeps changing. If they don’t know what they are doing at BC, I certainly don’t.

    • Mark
      April 2, 2014 at 11:02 am

      You’re right.

  11. Jay
    April 2, 2014 at 8:53 am

    No worries. You do excellent work. Not sure we can say the same for the Eagles AD though.

  12. Ben Dover
    April 2, 2014 at 8:49 am

    So you’re saying the search goes continues?

    • Mark
      April 2, 2014 at 8:54 am

      You are amazing

      • Ben Dover
        April 2, 2014 at 9:20 am

        stop making unwanted advances on me Blauds

      • sk
        April 2, 2014 at 9:35 am

        It happens. But yes, BC’s need to move past the Al years is a bit amazing – if one is charitable, the fans and admin could be called delusional. If one is less charitable, you might think that some in the admin might want the product on the floor to look a bit more like say … Wisconsin.

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