College Football 2012: A Profile of the Boston College Eagles

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The Boston College ("BC") football program started in 1892. The team currently competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision ("FSB," and the former NCAA Division I-A). Along with Notre Dame, BC is the only other Catholic university that fields a FBS team.

On July 1, 2005, after a long association with the Big East Conference, BC joined the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). BC currently competes in the Atlantic Division of the ACC with the likes of Florida State, Maryland and, beginning in July 2013, its former Big East rival Syracuse.

Here is a snapshot of the BC football program as it enters the 2012-2013 season:

Team Nickname: The Eagles

Team Colors: Maroon and gold

Stadium: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, with a current capacity of 44,500

Notable Fan Traditions: Game-day tailgating around BC's lower campus area; students wearing gold "superfan" T-shirts with team slogans

Quirky Student Chant: "Eagles on the warpath … ooh ahh"

Bowl History: The Eagles went on an eight-game bowl winning streak from 2000-2007. They are currently on a three-game losing streak that spans 2008, 2009, and 2011. BC is 13-9 overall in bowl games with wins in the 1941 Sugar Bowl and the 1985 Cotton Bowl. The team's last bowl appearance was the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Conference Championships: 2004 Big East co-champions; 2007-2008 ACC Atlantic Division champions

Current Head Coach: Frank Spaziani

Most Notable Former Head Coach: Tom Coughlin (1990-1993), two-time Super Bowl champion and coach of the New York Giants

Major Award Winners: QB Doug Flutie (1984 Heisman Trophy); lineman Mike Ruth (1985 Outland Trophy); QB Matt Ryan (2008 Manning Award and 2007 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award)

Rivals: Notre Dame (known in college football as the "Holy War"); Miami; Virginia Tech

Notable Rivalry Wins: 1984, 45-41 win over Miami on Doug Flutie's last-minute "Hail Mary" touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan; 1993, 41-39 win over then-#1 ranked Notre Dame; 2007, 14-10 comeback-win over Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium behind two late touchdown passes from Matt Ryan, positioning the Eagles at #2 in the BCS rankings.

Notable Current NFL Players: Mathias Kiwanuka ('06 New York Giants); Chris Snee ('03 New York Giants); Matt Ryan ('07 Atlanta Falcons); Matt Hasselbeck ('98 Tennessee Titians)

Players to Watch for 2012-2013 Season: The 2012-2013 season is one of rebuilding for the Eagles. Linebacker Kevin-Pierre Louis, tight end Chris Pantale, offensive tackle Emmett Cleary, and placekicker Nate Fresse all received votes in the Preseason All-ACC team selection.

Key 2012-2013 Matchups: Opening day on Sept. 1, 2012, against Miami at Alumni Stadium; Oct. 13, 2012 at Florida State

Other Noteworthy Facts: Despite not being recognized as an official NCAA title, the 1940 undefeated Boston College team laid claim to that season's college football national championship, with at least two national selectors reportedly having ranked BC #1.

- On Nov. 8, 1942, a nationally prominent BC team lost in a major upset to its then chief New England rival Holy Cross. The defeat resulted in many supporters skipping a celebration party at Boston's Coconut Groove Club. The club burned down that night with multiple fatalities.

- Matt Hasselbeck is the brother-in-law of the "The View's" Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who is married to Matt's brother, Tim (a QB for the Eagles from 1996-2000).

- The Boston College team consistently ranks among the nation's best in academic achievement and graduation rates.

- New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich is a cancer survivor and part of the strong BC presence on Tom Coughlin's Giants roster.

P.A. Montuori is a proud "Double Eagle," graduating from BC and obtaining his law degree from BC Law.

Sources:

http://www.bceagles.com

http://www.bceagles.com/genrel/081307aac.html

http://www.bceagles.com/genrel/100307aaa.html

http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/

http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/072512aaa.html

http://www.bostonfirehistory.org/firestory11281942.html

http://www.metro.us/newyork/sports/article/931283--mark-herzlich-a-giant-comeback

http://www.bcinterruption.com

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