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.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Christopher Price discuss Logan Mankins' breakdown of the offensive line and how it will look without Dante Scarnecchia. They also discussed Mankins' rebuttal to Brandon Spikes.
Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.
We wrap up the Celtics season by speaking with Celtics president Danny Ainge about this past season and the team's future.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.
Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.
Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox catcher, David Ross, who had the go-ahead RBI tonight as the Red Sox beat the White Sox behind a brilliant pitching performance from Jon Lester.
Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien checks in live from Chicago for our weekly chat about the state of the Sox.
We discuss the Red Sox early season woes with manager John Farrell, as well as his views and faith in MLB's new instant replay system, and the continuity in the Sox outfield.
We preview Red Wings-Bruins with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.
Shawn Thornton joined the show to preview the upcoming series against the Red Wings.
Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy joined the show to discuss the state of the Sox and MLB.
Jeff Bauman joined the show to discuss his recovery over the past year.
The guys opened the show by discussing the Sox 14th inning win over the White Sox.
Ty Law joins Mut and Christian Fauria to discuss being a finalist for the Patriots Hall of Fame, the way the game is officiated now, and Darrelle Revis.
Christian Fauria tells us the percentage of Americans that sleep naked and those that sleep with their socks on.
DJ Bean joins Mut and Christian Fauria from the Garden to report the latest news regarding the Bruins before they get set to take on the Red Wings in Game 1.
We preview Red Wings-Bruins with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
We tackle four topics that relate around the (merciful) end of the Celtics 2014 season.
Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.
Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.
WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island
The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.
Scott and Ben recap WrestleMania 30 and talk about the death of the Ultimate Warrior.
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