ESPN College Game Day to Broadcast @BC

ESPN College Game Day to Broadcast @BC

Huge game this weekend (Boston Globe) for my alma mater and ESPN's crew will be doing their broadcast from the dustbowl in the center of campus:

ESPN's popular "College GameDay Built By The Home Depot" football show will originate from the "campus green" on the Boston College campus Saturday, the day of BC's inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference football game vs. the Florida State Seminoles. This will mark College GameDay's first appearance on the BC campus.

The campus green, affectionately termed "the dustbowl" by BC students, is a large, grassy area located behind McElroy Commons, the college bookstore, and alongside College Road. The stage will be set up to broadcast the popular show, which features host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, from 10:30 a.m. until noon each Saturday during the college football season. Fowler, Corso and Herbstreit also will be seen throughout the day on ESPN from Alumni Stadium in various pregame, halftime and postgame segments.

• BC coach Jim O'Brien was the offensive coordinator at Virginia when the Cavaliers scored 33 points and handed FSU its first ACC loss in 1995, so he has an inkling about what's needed to move the ball against the Seminoles.

Boston College's coach is not Jim O'Brien, it's Tom O'Brien.  No respect for B.C.  See if this link works to get a live view of the dustbowl.

The rest of the Insider's take on B.C. after the jump.

ESPN Insider's take is wrong, literally:

From ESPN Insider:

Boston College
QB Quinton Porter is completing 76 percent of his passes, but that number will drop against an extremely fast Florida State defense. The key to winning for the Eagles in their ACC debut Saturday night is hoping their gargantuan offensive line fares better against a relatively inexperienced FSU defensive line than Miami did. If BC can run the ball effectively and keep FSU's linebackers involved near the line of scrimmage, then Porter may find some vulnerabilities in the Seminoles' pass defense. Miami had receivers wide open, at times, in the season opener, but no time for Wright to find them.

• BC coach Jim O'Brien was the offensive coordinator at Virginia when the Cavaliers scored 33 points and handed FSU its first ACC loss in 1995, so he has an inkling about what's needed to move the ball against the Seminoles.

• FSU TB Lorenzo Booker, a Southern California native, thought it sort of amusing that BC receiver/utility infielder Will Blackmon is from Rhode Island ("What kind of high school football do they play in Rhode Island?'' Booker wondered). Blackmon gets a chance to make an impression on Booker and the rest of the nation in one of the most high-profile ACC games this season. Here's a proposition, Will: Catch a touchdown pass, and return a punt for another score on Saturday, and you'll make it on the short list for this Heisman ballot.

xContinued from the Insider:

Florida State

The mood, karma -- something -- is different around the FSU locker room this season, so maybe it's futile comparing this group to a team that last year went 3-2 on the road. But if the Seminoles aren't more effective on offense than they were away from home last year, then Saturday night's game at Boston College is going to be an eye-opener.

Most FSU players don't seem convinced that BC can play at the Seminoles' level, despite an offensive performance against Miami two weeks ago in which FSU gained 170 yards. Asked how he feels about facing BC in the Eagles' first ACC game, Booker said, "We're Florida State. We feel like we should be welcoming everybody, whether they've been in 10 years -- then we need to let you know nothing's changed -- or you're just in, then we need to let you know about the years to come.''

Last year, FSU welcomed Miami into the ACC by losing to the Hurricanes in overtime at the Orange Bowl.

• The Seminoles have, however, designated this a "sod game," as a result of being an underdog on the road.

• FSU's defensive line is relatively inexperienced, with the exception of senior DT Brodrick Bunkley, but the group dominated against Miami, recording nine sacks. Saturday's game will be a tougher test against a BC line that returned five starters from a year ago.

• Bobby Bowden is tiptoeing around the fact that redshirt freshman Xavier Lee, whose mental blunders have caused him to be yanked after his first series in each of two games (though Lee returned later against The Citadel) is the backup QB. "I'm sure it's very deflating to have the reputation he's got, then to be put in the game late, taken out late,'' said Bowden, who already has met privately with Lee to stress patience (translation: "Don't go transferring on me'').

Ex-Penn State coach Tom Bradley recalls learning of Jerry Sandusky complaint

The Associated Press

Ex-Penn State coach Tom Bradley recalls learning of Jerry Sandusky complaint

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- Jurors heard Thursday that a former Penn State head football coach testified that Mike McQueary told him years before Jerry Sandusky's arrest that he had made a complaint about Sandusky to university administrators.

The deposition by Tom Bradley was read during the fourth day of trial in McQueary's defamation and whistleblower lawsuit against the university over his treatment after Sandusky's 2011 child molestation arrest.

Bradley said he fielded a rumor that made him approach McQueary, a fellow assistant under Paterno, in 2004 or 2005.

"I'm not sure how this happened, but somebody said something and I asked Mike about it. He said there was an incident," Bradley said in May 2015. "I don't know his exact words."

Bradley said he asked McQueary what he did.

"He said, `I turned it in to Joe and Curley and Schultz,'" Bradley said, references to then-head coach Joe Paterno, then-athletic director Tim Curley and then-vice president Gary Schultz.

He said he did not remember if McQueary used the word, "sexual."

"It was not a long, detailed description, if that's what you're asking me," Bradley sad

Bradley also said he believes the school mistreated McQueary, citing a bowl game bonus McQueary wasn't given at the end of the 2011 season. Bradley was briefly the school's head coach after university trustees fired Paterno, in part over his handling of the McQueary complaint.

Bradley said he never discussed the McQueary incident with Sandusky, although he would occasionally see him in team facilities after Sandusky retired in 1999.

Questions about whether rumors regarding Sandusky had cropped up before the investigation that produced charges have long hung over the Penn State football program.

A lawyer for Bradley, now UCLA's defensive coordinator, told The Associated Press this summer he never witnessed any inappropriate behavior and had no knowledge of alleged incidents in the 1980s and 1990s.

The lawyer, Brett Senior, said Thursday he was not aware the testimony was being read. "I think whatever's been said is old and stale," Senior said.

Outside the courthouse after Thursday's session, McQueary declined comment about Bradley's deposition.

McQueary has testified he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a team shower one evening in 2001 and reported it the next day to Paterno. He then met with Curley and Schultz about the incident a few days later.

Nothing happened in the matter for more than a decade, when authorities investigating another complaint about Sandusky got a tip suggesting they contact McQueary.

McQueary testified against Sandusky at the 2012 criminal trial that resulted in a 45-count conviction.

In the civil case, McQueary is seeking more than $4 million in lost wages and other claims.

The school maintains it did not retaliate against McQueary and that he was damaged in the public's eye by questions about why he didn't physically intervene to help the boy or call police.

Earlier Thursday, former Penn State President Graham Spanier testified that he issued a statement the day Curley and Schultz, two of his top lieutenants, were charged, calling the allegations groundless because he trusted them and believed they were honest people.

McQueary's lawsuit against the university alleges Spanier's statement made it appear McQueary was a liar.

Spanier said he came to trust Curley and Schultz after working closely with them for many years. They were charged with perjury and failure to properly report suspected child abuse.

"This was an unbelievable injustice, that these two guys, who are like Boy Scouts, would be charged with a crime," Spanier said. "And that's what was in my head as I was giving this opinion."

Spanier began drafting the statement about a week earlier. He said that's when the school's then-general counsel got a tip through the attorney general's office that Sandusky, Curley and Schultz would be charged.

Spanier was forced out by the board of trustees a few days later, and the next year he also was charged over his handling of the Sandusky matter. A state appeals court earlier this year threw out several of the charges against all three administrators, but they remain accused of failure to properly report suspected abuse and endangering the welfare of children. They await trial in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

He said he wasn't thinking about McQueary when drafting the statement, and in fact didn't realize at that time that McQueary was a key figure in the investigation and an unnamed assistant described in the grand jury presentment used to help charge Sandusky.

Associated Press reporter Michael R. Sisak in Philadelphia contributed to this story.

Beau Allen prepared to start in place of Bennie Logan vs. Vikings

Beau Allen prepared to start in place of Bennie Logan vs. Vikings

It's not looking promising for Bennie Logan to get healthy in time for the Eagles' Week 7 tilt with the Vikings on Sunday (see Injury Update). If that's the case, Beau Allen is expected to get the start alongside Fletcher Cox at defensive tackle.

While Logan's presence would certainly be missed, it's a spot Allen isn't uncomfortable with or unaccustomed to being in. As the third-year player pointed out on Wednesday, he's not exactly in unfamiliar territory here.

"I've played a lot of snaps in this defense, I've played a lot over the last three years and I've started games for this team, so it's kind of nothing really new," Allen said. "It's the first start of this season, but it's not my first start in the NFL."

Aside from playing in all 16 games his first two seasons with the Eagles, Allen started at nose tackle in place of Logan for the final two games of 2015. Not surprisingly, those were by far the two most active games of his brief career with eight solo tackles and 11 total.

Even still, the 43 snaps Allen played in Sunday's loss at Washington were the second-highest he's seen in an NFL game, finishing with three total tackles and nearly doubling his playing time for the season. And if Logan can't suit up against the Vikings this week, his reps might be on the rise.

"It'll be more reps for guys like Beau and then maybe even a little bit more on a guy like Fletch," Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said on Thursday. "We'd like to rotate those guys as much, but sometimes you're not able to."

Allen is aware of the potential challenges he faces with an expanded workload. This is also exactly what the 6-foot-3, 327-pound lineman has been preparing for since he was taken in the seventh round of the 2014 draft.

"I really honestly don't think it changes a whole lot because of the way I prepare on a week-to-week basis," Allen said. "I've played the type of big role that — I've played with all of our starters, so many reps over the course of camp, preseason and during the season that it's really nothing new."

A couple of other things that aren't new for Allen are with respect to the Eagles' opponent on Sunday, particularly their quarterback.

Like everybody else, Allen is very much aware that Sam Bradford is making his return to Lincoln Financial Field. While the 24-year-old interior lineman recognizes Bradford is playing some of the best football of his career, leading the NFL in completion percentage with zero interceptions in four games, the signal-caller's time in an Eagles uniform can be helpful to the defense.

"We're pretty familiar with this quarterback, I'd say," Allen said. "He's playing at a very high level and he's been really accurate, really smart with the football, not a lot of turnovers.

"There are tendencies every week with every team. We know him and we know his strengths and weaknesses because he was here, and we're going to attack them."

Sunday will also be special for Allen in a personal way. The Wisconsin product is originally from Minnesota and will have plenty of friendly faces flying in to see him play.

"I've got a lot of family coming into town just because a lot of them have been Vikings fans historically, but they'll be cheering for the Eagles on Sunday," Allen said.

"I think it's fun to play against your hometown team. It's sweet that they're coming in here, so obviously a big game for me personally that way."

Allen will have big shoes to fill on Sunday, as Logan was playing very well prior to the injury. Not only that, but the Eagles' defensive line as a whole struggled with consistency the past two weeks, and is now relying on Allen to help turn their fortunes around in just his third career start.

It's no small ask, but Allen understands the task at hand.

"Our run defense last week, there were a lot of problems," Allen said. "Overpursuing was one of them. I think it's more about discipline, front-side to back-side, knowing where the ball carriers are trying to cut back, things like that. Those are things that we worked to correct this week too.

"Obviously, we didn't have any sacks last week, so we're going to everything in our power to pressure the quarterback, get him off his spot, disrupt those timing throws and get after him."