What do you think is different about the student athlete experience at Boston College? Both good and bad versus other schools? Why will that resonate with recruits?
I think that No. 1 is you're getting an elite degree. An Ivy League style degree. A well rounded education. That's what we talk about a lot. The education is very important to the guys on the team. That's what we talk about with them.
Is being the only BCS-level program in New England an advantage when recruiting Mass, CT and Rhode Island?
No question. These kids all want to play at a BCS school. They want to play for conference and national champoinships. It's a great advantage, no doubt.
Not too long ago, BC was competing for ACC championships. Where do you think you can take the program, and how long do you think the program needs to get back to that level?
We can take the program as high as it can go. We can compete for ACC titles and a national level. How long that takes, I don't know. You're developing a team chemistry. There's no clock on that. This is a fast paced business. Our goal is to get bowl eligible and get as many wins as we can.
Hey coach graduated from BC in '09. I've been following BC football since Tom Coughlin coached here in the 90's. I have never seen the enthusiasm you have brought in a BC coach before. What have you done in recruiting to have the early success you have had? What are you going to do to capture the attention of the average Boston sports fan?
It starts with hard work. From the whole staff being totally committed. Our No. 1 priority is recruiting. My job is to drive our staff in recruiting. Our staff loves recruiting. It's a total committment from our AD to our president to myself and our staff. We understand how important it is to bring great student athletes to BC.
How do you feel about recruiting for 2014 so far? Any challenges you didn't expect when selling BC?
I found it to be great recruiting here at BC. What's not to be great? You're talking about elite education, one of the most beautiful campuses in America. you're talking about going to school in Boston. A Jesuit education. A family atmosphere. A rich tradition. Just two years ago, we came off of 12 consecutive bowl games, 8 straight wins. There's an awful lot to talk about at BC.
What's a realistic goal record wise for 2013?
We set our goals to win the opener and get bowl eligible. Those are our immediate goals.
When evaluating a quarterback, how much emphasis do you put on arm strength?
The No. 1 thing we evaluate is the ability to win and compete. The next thing is accuracy and arm strength and oveall athleticism. What goes into the ability to win is competitiveness and toughness.
Hi Coach, I know you can't speak about prospective recruits, but what type of offensive lineman are you shooting for at BC, maulers with a nasty streak or more finesse guys with speed? Go O-Line U!!
Being a former OL coach, my belief is you need explosive guys that are powerful that will rock off the ball and knock people back. On the edges, you need athletic guys that can handle speed rushers.
Will you be introducing any new gameday "traditions" at BC, for your players or the fans?
We're going to take our names off of the back of the jerseys, so we stand as one. The department is looking for additional ways to engage all of our fans....and win.
First off thanks for your ESPN blitz today. Second, what can we expect from you in regards to getting the regular fans (non-BC alums) more involved in the program. That's always been a problem, especially in seasons where the team might not be competing for championships.
We've had an open door policy to practice in the spring. I would hope the fans came, watched and became more connected with the teams. We tried to get our fans all as one united behind BC football.
What is your philosophy on special teams composition? Do you like to use positional starters? Will the current depth issues in certain areas affect that thinking in the near term?
It will have some impact. I will be directly involved with special teams and I will make sure our best players are on the team.
Are you looking for any of the incoming freshman to step up and help with some of the depth issues you noted coming out of the spring? Do you have a particular philosophy of redshirting vs. playing true freshman?
We certainly have depth issues, so we're hoping the freshmen have the ability and maturity to play early. We'll need their input.
Do you feel Boston College can play at a Stanford level in terms of athletic performance with similar academic focuses?
We've done it before and we'll do it again.
Can you describe your involvement in the recruiting process?
Everything. Everything all day. Completely hands on.
What do you think Chase Rettig's ceiling is? Could he be an NFL qb after a successful senior year?
Coach we were bummed the inaugural Maroon and Gold game was cancelled due to the marathon tragedy but wanted to make sure you knew as alums we thought it was a TERRIFIC idea bringing those guys back to campus. Whose brainchild was that and can we expect to see it in 2014?
You will absolutely see it in 2014. Thank you for all of your support. Our alumni and our fans are so important to us. We want to continue to make it a great experience at BC.
Is a new indoor practice facility at BC a goal of yours and Brad Bates? What does it take from now to get that done?
That's definitely something we are talking about and building into the long range facility plan.
Who do you think will be the receiving corps besides Amidon? Spiffy Evans was solid last year, but inconsistent. Plus replacing Pantale will be tough.
I think we have a group of young guys who need to have a great offseason and continue to grow and have a fall where they can consistently make some plays.
Have you given any thought to recruiting older players, perhaps transfers who would be men among boys?
Obviously we evaluate all student athletes in the recruiting process, being rising seniors in high school, being whoever else might come our way.
With the recent addition of Syracuse to the ACC and becoming the nearest neighbor to BC, do you find yourself recruiting against Cuse for a lot of '14 recruits? What's the major selling point on BC over Cuse?
At times. Looking forward to renewing that rivalry.
What part of Ryan Day's resume did you like the most, that convinced you he was right for offensive coordinator at BC?
He's a great recriuter. A bright young football coach. Has a passion for BC. He and I had worked together. He's an extremely loyal guy and he will become one of the great OC's in college football.
I really appreciate the loyal fans, the great alumni and everybody from the BC community for their support. Looking forward to a great 2013. Go Eagles!