The foreshadowed and historically bad fate of the Boston College athletic program became a reality on Saturday afternoon, as the BC men’s basketball team fell 66-50 to Clemson at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill dropping them to 7-24 and 0-18 in ACC play. Saturday’s men’s basketball loss ends a painful athletic season which saw both the school’s football and men’s basketball programs go winless in conference play.
Boston College becomes the first school in a major division one conference to go winless in conference play since the TCU Horned Frogs managed to go 0-24 combined in their Southwest Conference schedule during the 1976-1977 football and basketball seasons. The only other school to do pull off the feat before TCU in both football and men’s basketball was the 1943-1944 Georgia Bulldogs.
An athletic program that once held a winning tradition in both basketball and football is now one that ranks at the bottom of division one college athletics and has fallen into complete embarrassment. It would be one thing if this were the University of Massachusetts (just moved to division one in football in 2012), or a team from the SWAC, MAC, or Sun Belt conferences. But this is the ACC, and this is Boston College, which is one of the premier division one schools in New England for both academics (Harvard, Yale, MIT) and THE premiere school for athletics in New England.
BC last made the NCAA tournament in men’s hoops in 2009 when the No. 7 seeded Eagles fell to the No. 10 seeded USC Trojans in the opening round. The Eagle football team last appeared in a bowl game in 2013 when they fell to Arizona 42-19 in the Independence Bowl. However, before the last half decade of losing seasons and the debauchery that was the 2015-2016 football and basketball seasons, the BC athletic program did have several shining moments (Matt Ryan/Doug Flutie football eras, Tyrese Rice/Jared Dudley basketball eras, 1994 miracle Elite Eight team). In 2014, the Eagles defeated No. 8 USC 27-21 at home in Chestnut Hill. A week later, the Eagles were upset at home 24-21 by Colorado State, ending any chances of the Eagles earning a bid to a premiere bowl game. The crowned jewel of the BC athletic program over the years has been the men’s hockey program, which is currently 24-5-5, No. 3 in the country, and likely to receive a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
In all, it is sad to see the kids playing football and basketball at Boston College go through something like this, especially when BC players and fans thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse during the school’s seven-year NCAA tournament drought in basketball and multiple sub .500 seasons in football in the last half decade. Boston College will go down in history as the first ACC school to finish its football and men’s basketball conference schedule winless, and those who either rival or hold grudges against BC (UConn, Syracuse, Rutgers, Boston University) for leaving the Big East for the ACC will never let them and their fans forget it. There were a lot of tough moments for the Eagles during their march to infamy in 2015-2016, but these two last-second losses easily stood out the most:
I’ve seen BC lose a lot of crazy ways, but this was easily the craziest/saddest https://t.co/DpE87fO7EQ
— Mike Flanagan (@fLAno0) March 4, 2016
— SB Nation CBB (@SBNationCBB) March 3, 2016
Information from Yahoo! Sports was used in this report.