Dudes rejoice! Boston College’s 12-game ACC losing streak ended Saturday with a 21-14 win at NC State.
No longer will Eagles faithful have to endure another basketball season of incessant reminders that Boston College is the only program with season-long losing skids in both hoops and football. That’s not to say the basketball Eagles are poised to snap their ACC drought this season — Jim Christian has a much more difficult road to hoe than Steve Addazio.
That’s of no concern to the football Eagles, though. Boston College has some time to revel in the relief of getting off the schneid. And relief is indeed the keyword.
"It's a relief to me to see the joy and tears and smiles on those kids in the locker room." Addazio on why he loves coaching.
— Annabel Steele (@Steele_Heights) October 29, 2016
What’s more, Boston College heads into the final third of its slate with an opportunity to get back to the postseason. Matchups with Louisville and Florida State aren’t exactly favorable — though the Cardinals come to Chestnut Hill, where madness occasional ensues — but UConn and Wake Forest to end the season are very much winnable.
A bowl game for BC? Duuuuuude. Helluva way to honor Harambe’s memory.
Whether it’s the memory of the late Cincinnati Zoo ape or something less cosmic guiding Boston College, returning to the postseason would restore some deserved faith in Addazio — and perhaps spare Vine a fate like that of Harambe.
He’s had the dudes knocking on the door in some heartbreaking losses the last two seasons. Of the Eagles’ 12 defeats against ACC competition, six came by a single score. More still out-of-conference, like Notre Dame last season, came in similarly gut-wrenching fashion.
Saturday could be a pivotal redirection for the course of Boston College football, getting the Eagles back on track after nearly a decade of struggle, which mirrors that of the basketball program.
It’s been nine seasons since BC peaked at No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 behind Heisman Trophy-contending quarterback Matt Ryan. Eight years have past since BC brass fired Jeff Jagodzinksi for interviewing for the New York Jets’ head-coaching vacancy.
Jag was fired following BC’s 10th consecutive bowl season, 2008. The streak of postseason appearances ended at the same number as the Eagles’ just-concluded ACC losing skid: 12.
It’s not quite 12, but were Addazio to reach the postseason for the third time in four seasons, it’s a noteworthy accomplishment.
The basketball program would probably be happy with three NCAA Tournament appearances in four years — or even just one invite to the Big Dance amid a drought dating back to the same 2008-’09 academic year when Jagodzinski was fired.
The ’09 Tournament was the last of Al Skinner’s seven in a nine-season span. That run featured individual starring performances like Troy Bell and Jared Dudley, hardwood equivalents to Matty Ice’s run on Chestnut Hill.
Boston College basketball’s continued struggles to rebuild since relieving Skinner of his duties should nudge some who are quick to dismiss Addazio. Eagle football needed to show life in the ACC this season to be sure, and the dudes abide.