Metro USA (Boston) - - SPORTS -

Be­lieve it or not, col­lege sports used to mat­ter in this town … ya know, be­fore Bos­ton’s pro teams started dom­i­nat­ing ev­ery­thing in sight.

ESPN ran a “30 for 30” on John Cali­pari ear­lier this month and it was striking how dif­fer­ent the sports land­scape in Bos­ton was 20-plus years ago. UMass-Amherst, which is an hour and 45 min­utes away from Bos­ton, was the cen­ter of the New Eng­land sports uni­verse for a few years back then. Cali­pari’s Min­ute­men were ranked No. 1 in the coun­try and every na­tion­ally tele­vised UMass hoops game was an event.

Bos­ton Col­lege foot­ball also used to have this sort of main­stream buzz as it got the at­ten­tion of Bos­ton sports fans who had never even stepped foot onto the Ch­est­nut Hill cam­pus.

I wrote a crit­i­cal piece on for­mer BC ath­letic di­rec­tor Gene DeFilippo and BC athletics in March of 2012 be­cause the foot­ball and men’s bas­ket­ball pro­grams had slipped dra­mat­i­cally. DeFilippo re­signed shortly af­ter.

Turns out, the DeFilippo era was an ab­so­lute glory pe­riod com­pared to what (or what’s not) tak­ing place at The Heights th­ese days.

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