Boston College Completes Expansion
Boston College is now an official member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. BC completes a two year expansion period for the ACC. The Eagles, along with Miami and Virginia Tech, were added to form a 12-team league. There three major contributions that the Eagles bring into the conference.
First and foremost, the ACC will now be able to host a conference title game in football. An appeal was denied to host a title in 2004, but the Eagles seal the deal for the title game in Jacksonville, Florida. The TV contracts that expansion will bring will provide each school with around $1 million of added revenue. You can also expect the Eagles to compete right away in football and basketball.
The football program is led by head coach Tom O'Brien. O'Brien is in his ninth season at Boston College, and he has compiled a 57-39 career record. The Eagles returned seven starters on both sides of the ball led by NFL talents Mathias Kiwanuka and Will Blackmon.
Kiwanuka is the premier defensive end in college football. At 6 foot 7 261 pounds, Kiwanuka stands alone in a league loaded with talent at defensive end. There are few players in college football that demand the attention Kiwanuka does. Gameplans are scripted to stay away from Kiwanuka. Clemson has faced Julius Peppers and David Pollack in recent seasons, who were very disruptive rush ends in their own right, but Kiwanuka projects as the top NFL in college football this season.
Will Blackmon is one of the most dangerous players in the country with the ball in his hands. He made the move to wide receiver full time this spring, and he had a flawless transition. Last season, Blackmon averaged 27.2 yards per kickoff return. He will make the transition a little easier for senior quarterback Quinton Porter. While overall, Boston College may not have the talent of the top ACC schools, they are a very fundamentally sound football team, who makes very few mistakes and thrives on others mistakes.
Lastly, the Eagles bring into the conference a basketball team that should compete for the conference title. They are very experienced teams, as they only lost two players from a team that started 20-0. Leading scorers Craig Smith and Jared Dudley each return. Smith may stand at 6-7, but he is one of the strongest players in college basketball. Dudley was one of the more improved players during 04-05 season. Dudley has recently accepted an invitation to play with USA basketball this summer. Al Skinner will be entering his ninth season as the head coach of the Eagles. Expect BC to challenge Duke for the title in ACC hoops this winter.
The ACC picked up a quality program and a quality television market with Boston College. The induction of Boston College kicks off what should be a banner year in the Atlantic Coast Conference.