Where do BC and Addazio go from here?

(An outsiders musings of what is happening at Boston College, AKA The Heights)

Take the tow line, defective equipment, no more, no less. But they encouraged the crew to go around scoffing at me and spreading wild rumors about steaming in circles and then old yellow stain. I was to blame for Lt. Maryk's incompetence and poor seamanship. Lt. Maryk was the perfect officer, but not Captain Queeg. Ah, but the strawberries, that's where I had them, they laughed at me and made jokes, but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with geometric logic, that a duplicate key to the ward room icebox did exist and I've had produced that key if they hadn't pulled the Caine out of action. I know now that they were only trying to protect some fellow officer. Naturally, I can only cover these things from memory. If I left anything out, why just ask me specific questions and I'll be glad to answer them, one by one.--Humphrey Bogart as Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny.

We have played three Top 25 teams, okay we're playing really good football right now and we're playing really physical, really aggressive and we've got some guys spilling it. That's what this team is doing right now and I love them. And I love them. And they're going to get better and they're going to grow. Sometimes it's never exactly the timetable that we want it on, but the level of competition that we're playing against while we develop these, guys, okay and so I'll just say that I'll continue on my part to make sure I'm doing a better job in the race of development here and we're going to leave it right there because I'm in charge and I love them and I love their work ethic and I love the way they handle it and I love the fact that they believe in each other, okay. I love all of that. I've been around this business long enough fellas, okay, at every level and I've seen it a long time. It'll come together and It'll be beautiful. You can write that one down, okay. I don't have a time clock on it right here, but it will be beautiful all right and the investment is worth it. So I'm excited about the investment. We'll just keep rolling.--Steve Addazio, Boston College football coach, following a 23-10 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday night.

CHESTNUT HILL, Ma.-No one is even suggesting that there is a mutiny brewing at The Heights, following yet another ACC loss by BC.

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In fact, Addazio's post game comments were probably meant to encourage his beleaguered team

But what if you are a student at Boston College and you care about your athletic teams, care enough to actually attend some of their games in the Atlantic Coast Conference?

Here's a statistic which might give you pause. And perhaps explain why the current tradition at The Heights is for the student body to show up late, leave early and find more enjoyable ways to spend a Saturday or Friday night around the BC campus.

Coach Steve Addazio's football team lost its ACC encounter with Virginia Tech on Saturday night at Alumni Stadium. The loss was better than last year's 49-0 embarrassment, but was still another ACC loss.

And for a few minutes late in the game, there was even some question about whether the Eagles could fashion some sort of last second miracle come back.

It didn't happen.

BC's record dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the ACC.

But here's the fact for the BC student body, which says it is all.

The last time BC won an ACC HOME game with the student body at school (not counting before classes or vacation periods) was on November 16, 2013 in a 38-21 win over North Carolina State.

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A span of almost four calendar years without a home ACC win in front of the student body.

Small wonder that by the end of the game on Saturday most of the announced crowd of 32,057 was long gone and the the majority of the student section was probably headed for Mary Ann's, an off campus gathering place, where the scores do not matter all that much.

That's asking a lot of the most ardent of fans, which is why the frustration level continues to build at The Heights with no end of the ACC winning drought in site, perhaps at home or on the road.

The Eagles' next two ACC games are road trips to Louisville and a suddenly competitive Virginia team, which will be followed by a Friday night lights home encounter with a wounded Florida State team which lost its third game of the season on Saturday in the final seconds against Miami.

So where is the light at the end of this tunnel for the Eagles?

Addazio continues to spin a tale of optimism, mixed with a little bit of reality.

The performance the Eagles gave last night wasn't worthy of a victory and it came on a night when BC was honoring former Eagle coach Tom O'Brien as the newest member of the BC Hall of Fame, which was a stark reminder to the smattering of fans who were in their seats at halftime between the past and the present at BC .

Tech, coming off its first loss of the season (against Clemson) last week, was in no mood to be generous with the Eagles.

The Hokies took control early building a 17-3 lead which was dominated by some big time plays by redshirt freshman quarterback Josh Jackson, who took apart the Eagle defense with laser-like precision by completing 22 of 33 passes for 322 yards and 1 TD.

But that was not what doomed the Eagles on this particular night, although Addazio conceded the Eagles needed to a do a better job "tackling''.

Even Addazio admitted that the key stat was in conversion of third downs, where the Eagles were a woeful 2 of 15 in their third down attempts to continue drives. All of it doomed the Eagles to another loss in a game in which they showed signs of doing the right things, but still came up short.

Addazio finally took the overall responsibility, saying that ultimately the chore of making the Eagles better was his primary job.

"I've got to coach them better,'' he said in a Bill Belichick-like sound bite.

But then he made a plea to the doubters out there, to the students who have spent four seasons waiting for their first ACC home victory celebration after a game. Things will get better

That may indeed happen.

But Addazio is in the fifth year of reconstruction project which shows no clear path that things are getting better other than spurts of competitive play against some quality teams, without the ultimate satisfactions of some upsets, such as we again saw on Saturday when a 4 TD underdog Iowa State team went into Norman, Oklahoma and knocked off Oklahoma.

The question which must also be asked until the Eagles do finally put things together is whether Steve Addazio will be coaching the Eagles if and when that moment arrives at The Heights.[/membership]

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