Boston College director of athletics Gene DeFilippo told WEEI.com that he "thought about" a pair of legendary women's basketball coaches, Geno Auriemma of UConn and Pat Summitt of Tennessee, when compiling a list of candidates for the men's basketball position following the firing of Al Skinner on March 30.
"You know what, if you can coach, you can coach," DeFilippo said Wednesday after a press conference that formally introduced Steve Donahue as the head coach. "I'll tell you two names that came to mind at one point were Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma both. I mean, you talk about great coaches. I thought about both of them."
For more on BC's new coach, visit The BC Blog.
According to the latest NFLPA records, four Patriots have had their base salaries increase for the 2010 season because they’ve reached unspecified incentives. Two rookies saw a boost — tackle Sebastian Vollmer went from $395,000 to $420,000, a bump of $25,000, while cornerback Darius Butler went from $395,000 to $545,000, an increase of $150,000. Two veterans also benefited greatly, as safety Brandon McGowan went from $730,000 to $1,330,000 and defensive lineman Mike Wright moved from $1,200,000 to $2,125,000. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
According to a report released by Forbes magazine, the Yankees are valued at $1.6 billion, the highest value of any team in baseball. The Red Sox were rated as the second-most valued MLB franchise, coming in at $870 million, up four percent from a year ago. The Yankees' value was a seven percent increase from 2009. Following the Red Sox were the Mets, who dropped to $858 million, a six percent decrease, and Dodgers ($727 million). Pittsburgh was last on the list, coming in at $289 million.
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz spoke briefly in the clubhouse prior to Wednesday's game against the Yankees. Ortiz, who is 0-for-7 with a walk in his first two games of the season, was still puzzled by the fact that there is a spotlight on his struggles after just two games of the season.
"I’ve been seeing [expletive] for years here," Ortiz told WEEI.com. "But what I’ve been seeing after two games, it’s like the season will be over tomorrow."
Ortiz has gotten somewhat accustomed to this sort of rhythm, as he started slowly over a larger period of time in the past two years. In 2008, he was hitting .070 with a .370 OPS through the first 12 games of the season. In 2009, his struggles lasted through the end of May, as he was hitting .185 with a .570 OPS and one homer through the first two months of the season.
Despite those experiences -- and his rebounds from both of...
Steve Donahue was officially introduced as the new basketball coach at Boston College at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.
"This is an exciting day for Boston College basketball," director of athletics Gene DeFilippo said. "Coach Donahue led the Cornell program to an unprecedented level of success and he is well respected throughout the college basketball community. Coming from an Ivy League institution, he understand he academic mission of Boston College. His teams play an exciting, fast-paced brand of basketball, and his student-athletes are great ambassadors for the university. He is a great fit for our program."
Donahue led Cornell to Ivy League titles in each of the last three seasons and guided the Big Red to an NCAA Sweet 16 berth in 2010.
Dr. Tony Schena joined the show to give insight into what lies ahead for Rob Gronkowski. He said a tough road is in front of the Patriots tight end.
We discuss the improbable win over the Browns and the loss of Rob Gronkowski with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday.
Ninkovich sits in with Mut and Merloni to look back at yesterday’s comeback win against the Browns. Rob also explains the range of emotions the team experienced after Rob Gronkowski suffered a potentially season ending injury.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Cherington sits in with Mut and Lou to talk about the Red Sox heading into 2014. Ben breaks down the signing of Edward Mujica and what’s on the table at this year’s meetings.
Rob Bradford joined the show and talked about the activity on day one of the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Rob told the guys the Sox are in a good spot and plan on waiting out the Stephen Drew market.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys talked about Kanye West's moronic comments comparing himself to a cop.
Millar sits in with the guys on location in Orlando at MLB's Winter Meetings. He covers all the bases with Mut and Lou on all the Red Sox free agent possibilities and potential trades.
Former Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia chats with Mut and Merloni about his decision to join the Miami Marlins after hitting free agency this winter. Jarrod also talks about his relationship with the Red Sox during his time in Boston.
Kurkjian joins Mut and Merloni at the Winter Meetings to talk about the Red Sox plans on the market. Tim believes the Red Sox are not satisfied with their situation in center and are looking to add a veteran outfielder to the mix.
We discuss the comers and goers for the Red Sox and the rest of MLB with former GM Steve Phillips, now of MLB Radio on Sirius XM.
Ho, hum. We're live at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, and it seems like everything of merit was done last week. We still discuss the Sox roster moves and potential for 2014.
We tackle four topics at 4PM, today centered around sporting disasters.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. He discussed the new love between Evelyn Lozada and former Red Sox player Carl Crawford.More from this show