Hofstra's decision to drop football on Thursday left Boston College without an opponent for its season opener next season (Sept. 4) and put BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo in the scramble mode, looking for an opponent.
Northeastern's decision to drop football last month, left the University without an opponent for an October home game next season and put UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway in the scramble mode, looking for an opponent.
Let's see. BC needs a football game. UConn needs a football game. BC and UConn are the only two FBS teams in New England. They used to be rivals in the Big East, but had messy divorce when BC jumped to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
DeFilippo has maintained he won't schedule the Huskies while he is the AD. UConn coach Randy Edsall said he would love to play BC. Edsall, who could be the next coach at Notre Dame in a few weeks (a long shot, but a possibility) says such a game would be great for New England.
Yes, it would be. It would also be a quick fix for a scheduling problem, if the dates could be arranged, as well as the site -- why not Gillette Stadium in mid-October?
That probably won't happen. Nor is it likely that BC will give up a FCS opponent for a tough FBS opponent such as UConn.
So look for the Eagles to pick up a FCS team on Hofstra's schedule which now needs a game--say Maine.
But BC-UConn would still be the best game.
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