BC notebook: A rooting dilemma

NEWTON, Mass. -- Sister Barbara Anne Hallman, the 75-year-old Franciscan nun from South Bend, Ind., who befriended BC linebacker Mark Herzlich during his bout with Ewing’s sarcoma, won’t be making the trip to Saturday night’s "Holy War" between the Boston College Eagles and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

“I'm not,” Hallman, a cancer survivor herself, said via email. “Can't have everything in this life!”

Before the Eagles home opener last month, BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo made good on his promise to fly Hallman to Boston for the game against Weber State. She stood on the field when Herzlich ran out of the tunnel to play for the first time since being declared cancer free.

It was her first time missing a Notre Dame game in 60 years.

During the game, Hallman was approached by several reporters for interviews, all of whom asked who she would root for when BC played Notre Dame.

“My loyalty to Notre Dame has never been so tested,” she told each journalist.

Ready for a Chase

Freshman wide receiver Johnathan Coleman was asked by a reporter on Wednesday if the team was frustrated by benched sophomore quarterback Dave Shinskie’s play in the first three games.

“Yeah, I mean people just wanted something new,” Coleman said. “We know how hard Dave worked and we felt bad about all the people talking bad about him, but coach just wanted a change.”

Shinskie went 11-for-25 for 130 yards, including two interceptions and a fumble against Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Coleman, who leads the team with 173 receiving yards, seemed to be looking forward to playing with true freshman QB Chase Rettig. Sophomore Mike Marscovetra could also start.

“Chase has the liveliest arm, he throws it the hardest out of them all of them,” Coleman said. “He can definitely throw the ball deep. As long as he puts the ball where it needs to be, I’m fine with that.

“I would say Chase is still trying to learn things and Mike is more experienced, but Chase still has a big upside to him.”

Lighthearted lecture

During Wednesday’s media luncheon, senior free safety Wes Davis had a lighthearted exchange with reporters after being asked about the team’s quarterback controversy.

“Everybody is being evaluated, myself included, 'til I can’t hang on to it or whatever it is,” Davis said. “[People] get all hyped up about this stuff. I don’t care who is under center. Whoever is out there is supposed to do the same thing as other people: his job.”

Davis noted that the secondary gave up 237 yards passing in the loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday.

“I’ll send you guys some tape and you can evaluate some other positions,” Davis said. “Our secondary had some more issues than some other people but guys have to bounce back. Like I said, everybody is being evaluated.

“I think you guys [the media] and the fans are a bit too concerned with some aspects a little too much. But that’s your shortcomings. It’s about 22 people, and you guys keep focusing on one person. Maybe one day we’ll sit down and evaluate some tape and figure out what’s going on.”