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Former Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck rips his alma mater on K&C

Alex Reimer
September 18, 2017 - 10:12 am

The Boston College Eagles delivered another sorry performance against Notre Dame Saturday, surrendering 49 points and more than 500 yards on the ground. Former BC quarterback Tim Hasselbeck wasn’t impressed with his alma mater’s performance, and ripped into the program on “Kirk & Callahan” Monday.

“It’s probably not a good thing for me to do this –– to come on and bash BC –– that’s not my intention. But I will say this: they’ve got to make the program relevant,” Hasselbeck said. “The program will never be relevant if you’re just happy competing with people and you’re happy just being bowl eligible. That won’t be the case. As a former player, and somebody who likes to see that place do well, that’s hard to hear.”

The Eagles have been mired in mediocrity for roughly 10 years, ever since Matt Ryan led them to an 11-win season in 2007. Since then, BC has failed to compete with the upper-echelon teams in college football. They’re 34-point underdogs against Clemson Saturday.

“Here’s the thing: that stuff is going to happen. There are going to be teams that have athletes that BC just wasn’t able to recruit or land. So you’re going to have games where you’re overmatched by people,” Hasselbeck said. “But, just being completely candid, one of the reasons I decided to go to Boston College is I lived in the area when Tom Coughlin took a Boston College team that did not have the athletes that Notre Dame did, and beat them. And I saw the excitement that was generated around the area for Boston College football. That had a massive impact on me as a kid. You guys could go the entire year without ever talking about Boston College football if you’re happy that it was a competitive game for a little bit, which by the way, this is a Notre Dame team that’s OK. It’s not like you played Alabama.”

Unlike other schools in the ACC, BC has high standards for admission, which impacts the pool of players they can draft. Still, Hasselbeck doesn’t think that’s an excuse for years of lackluster performances.

“Go look at Northwestern. Northwestern is not good every year, but at least there’s an effort to compete. There’s an effort to improve,” Hasslebeck said. “When you look at a school like BC, there needs to be a commitment from everybody that it’s going to matter. There should be a commitment that it matters. If you’re willing to pay your head coach $2.5 million –– and I’ve said this to people a bunch –– that’s a coveted job. People want that job. So, if you’re willing to do that, then you have to be willing to make the experience for the people that are playing there, the people that are watching the games. Everything. You need to make it a positive one. I think, believe it or not, there’s certainly good history and tradition that people well before me and well after me at BC kind of helped create. It can feel like it’s gone at times.”