REMEMBER COLLEGE 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.