Boston College began preparing for the 2019 college football season on Friday. The Eagles will hold their Media Day on Tuesday. They will open their schedule on Aug. 31 at Alumni Stadium against Virginia Tech.
All of those are good signs for a program that still has not found its stride in six years under Steve Addazio. How else to explain five 7-6 seasons and one 3-9 clunker?
Programs on the rise Do Not Rebuild in year seven. But when the Eagles began practice last week, Addazio had a new offensive and a new defensive coordinator. He had major reconstruction contracts underway on the offensive line and defensive line.
He also had a contract extension of two years from BC athletic director Martin Jarmond which might not be worth a great deal if the Eagles do their 7 and 6 (or worse) act once again.
Addazio has legitimate stars such as running back AJ Dillon and potential stars in QB Anthony Brown ready to provide firepower. He has some veteran defensive players who know how to play the game.
He has five graduate seniors coming to camp, including a Clemson defensive end Richard Yeargin, who has legitimate pedigree.
"For us, I am looking at high character guys who are looking for the right situation,'' Addaziio said. "This year, we have utilized it and added a few transfers in here. These guys can play.''
What he doesn't have--and what the Eagles do not have--is equity. They have flirted with breaking the seven win barrier so much that it has become and obsession.
If the Eagles' are to break that barrier, they will have to do it early, starting with their opener against a Virginia Tech team which looks beatable, especially on the road.
Once again, the schedule is front loaded. After Tech, the Eagles face Richmond and Kansas at home, both winnable. They hit the road against Rutgers and come back with back to back ACC games against Wake Forest (home) and Louisville (road) and a home game against NC State.
At worst, that should be five wins, leaving them one short of bowl eligibility. After that it is four road games--Clemson, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Pitt--and one home game, FSU. All of them are LOSEABLE.
How that will play out remains the primary question at The Heights.
In early August the compliments and the optimism flow. We should know just fire these Eagles will soar by Halloween.