With about four minutes left in the first half, the Eagles were down less than 10 points, but were keeping competitive with the Clemson Tigers. After two step-in 3-pointers from Jaron Blossomgame, the lead was stretched to 14, and it became clear that BC was destined for yet another loss. A loss that when the clock struck zero, made Boston College winless in ACC basketball and football.
Boston College becomes the first school in a power five conference (ACC, SEC, BIG 10, BIG 12, PAC 12) since Georgia in 1944 to go winless in the two major sports. However, Georgia only played a combined five football and basketball games that season. Before Georgia was Sewanee University from 1933-1940, who went winless in the SEC for six years before moving out of the conference. The only school which remains in a power five conference that has accomplished this rare feat is Northwestern, who went a combined 0-18 on the gridiron and hardwood in 1925. The Eagles were 0-26 across the two sports this year in ACC play, losing far more games than any previous winless team before them.
In defense of each sport, football was littered with injuries and played most of the season with a cast of back-ups at the game’s most important position, even starting a freshman walk-on during the biggest game of the season. Basketball’s weakness was more apparent before the season began. The team came in with 10 players as true or redshirt freshman. Add on injuries to two of the top freshmen and your options are limited.
However, for a university claiming to produce large-scale athletics, this is unacceptable and changes must be made. If you look at other universities who have had years like this in the recent past, they took action. Texas had a couple years of tough losses. As a result, they fired Athletic Director Steve Patterson, Football Coach Mac Brown, and Basketball Coach Rick Barnes. Rutgers had a terrible football season, so they fired their AD at the end of the season. Illinois fired their AD and their football coach after two BIG 10 wins.
Other schools haven’t been afraid to make changes after rough years, and BC shouldn’t be either. This is especially true after the worst year in the two major sports in nearly a century, if not ever. Both programs look poised for huge improvement next season, partially because it literally can’t get worse. However, if the improvement isn’t seen early, something needs to be done.
But hey, who cares about losing 26 ACC games and winning zero in the two most important sports when you are building a new field house?
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