A great day for the football team today, fresh off of Jags' electrifying introduction last night, as the team landed not one but TWO 2-star recruits today in Mansfield DE Corey Eason and New York OT John Elliott. Although Eason has long favored BC he recently picked up offers from Ohio State and Miami; Elliott, on the other hand, has had BC on his radar all along but until very recently was rumored to be headed to Rutgers. Needless to say, these are both great pickups, made even more so by the newest rumor that New Hampshire OG Mark Spinney, a Syracuse commit, has verballed to BC and will announce this at some point in the next day or two. While Jags won't have the time to fully undo the damage that TOB did to BC's program with his complete lack of effort in recruiting the 2007 class, he's certainly done a lot of good in his short time at the Heights.
Not so great for the basketball team, as Sean Williams and Akida McLain were both permanently dismissed from the team today for undisclosed violations. Rumor has it that the two were caught smoking up after last night's game and the matter was taken from there. This is a huge blow to the team, and it comes just as we were beginning to hit a run of good play. Tyrelle Blair looked solid last night and can hopefully replace McLain, but there is simply no replacing Williams. He was one of the best players to ever play for BC and his loss is a severe, potentially crippling blow to the team's ambitions. The thing now is that there's simply no room for error for the rest of the guys. Jared Dudley can NOT have any off-nights. Sean Marshall HAS to continue playing the way he has the last few weeks. John Oates HAS to step his game up and consistently show the kind of play that he has proven capable of but only in very fleeting stretches. Shamari Spears will likely find himself in the starting lineup as a result of the suspensions and has to start playing like a sophomore or junior, rather than the freshman that he is. Marquez Haynes and Blair, as our only reliable bench players, will need to carry a good number of minutes (I mention Haynes because the loss of McLain and Williams could force Marshall to spend at least some time in the frontcourt). An 8th player, someone like Daye Kaba or Tyler Roche, will have to start seeing 5-8 minutes a night simply to keep the first 7 from getting too run down over the stretch. The season isn't over yet, but it's hanging in the balance. An NCAA bid at this point would be an impressive accomplishment, and would be due in large part to Dudley's leadership and Marshall's resurgence.