Boston College to Wear Uniforms Inspired by “Miracle in Miami”

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Boston College and Notre Dame meet this weekend at Fenway Park. Two programs steeped in history and tradition playing in one of the most historically-significant sports venues still standing, both with a rich Catholic tradition.

To add to the sense of nostalgia and history, BC will be wearing throwback uniforms inspired by the “Miracle in Miami.” And no ordinary uniform reveal would do. Under Armour and BC had someone very special unveil the uniforms: Doug Flutie, architect of the “Miracle in Miami.” BC was playing Miami in the Orange Bowl on November 23, 1984 when Doug Flutie threw a last-second touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan to give the No. 10 Eagles a 47-45 win over 12th-ranked Miami.

The uniforms feature:

  • Solid gold helmet
  • Vintage BC logo placed on the shoulder to mimic the placement of the Cotton Bowl logo as worn during the 1985 Cotton Bowl victory
  • The gold of the pants, helmet and jersey details reflective of the gold uniform color worn in the 1980’s
  • Stripe detail on the pants and baselayer are exact replicas of the stripes on the jersey and pants of the 1984-85 team

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The “Holy War,” as its been dubbed, has been played 22 times with Notre Dame leading the series 13-9. The two first met in 1975 not too far from this year’s venue at Foxboro Stadium.

BC and Notre Dame are the only two remaining Catholic institutions playing at the FBS level.

College Athletics Construction Roundup: November 2015

College Athletics Construction Roundup

The “College Athletics Construction Roundup” is a monthly series on the construction of intercollegiate athletics facilities. Each month we’ll provide a list of announced, in progress and recently completed athletic construction projects from around the country. You can view previous editions of the “College Athletics Construction Roundup” here.

Master Plan

Minnesota has cleared the way for its $166 million Athletes Village. The school will build a new competitive track facility on the main campus to mitigate pervious Title IX concerns over the Athletes Village project.

Penn State unveiled its facilities master plan. In addition to necessary seat back and plumbing renovations to Beaver Stadium, another facility marked for renovations is Jeffrey Field. The soccer complex is in need of permanent restroom facilities and home & away locker room facilities.



Abilene Christian unveiled plans for a new on-campus football stadium. The 12,000 capacity stadium will include berm, club level and suite seating. The stadium will feature an HD video board. Future expansion plans include a south end zone complex to house all football operations and sports medicine facilities.

Purdue is planning a new football performance complex. The $60 million, 110,000 square-foot facility will be built adjacent to the Mollenkopf Athletic Center. The every-day home for the football program will include a locker room, meeting rooms, players’ lounge, sports medicine and performance training areas and office spaces.

USC revealed plans for a $270 million renovation to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Upgrades include replacing every seat in the stadium, a new south side building for the press box and club seating, new stadium lighting and updated Wi-Fi technology.

Oklahoma will install a new video scoreboard in Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium. The project will remain within a $5 million budget and is expected to be the second largest in the country, second only to Auburn.



Utah opened its new Huntsman Basketball Facility. Construction on the 101,000 square-foot, four-floor facility began in May 2014. The facility includes practice courts, player lounges and locker rooms, offices, recruiting lounges and meeting space.

Davidson will dedicate the new Harry L. Vance Athletic Center. The 50,000 square-foot facility provides two practice courts for the basketball and volleyball programs. Locker rooms, office space and film rooms are also included in the facility.

Michigan State will spend $50 million to renovate the Breslin Center.   The two-phase project will expand the concourse and restrooms and a new Hall of History: a 26,000 square foot wing celebrating the history of Michigan State basketball.


Olympic / Other Sports

Houston baseball unveiled plans for a new Player Development Center. The 20,645 square-foot facility will be located along the third base line of Cougar Field. Amenities include batting cages, a new clubhouse, training room and hot / cold tubs and a fueling station.

Nicholls State broke ground on a $5 million renovation project to Ray E. Didier Field. The two-phase project will include a modernized press box, concession stand, field lighting, a field house for offices and a locker room and enclosed batting cages.

Baylor announced plans for a golf practice facility. The 14-acre site will be located next to the equestrian center and will feature a driving range, clubhouse and practice course.

Auburn will add over 800 seats to its softball stadium. With the additions, capacity at Jane B. Moore Field will be close to 2,500. Additional restrooms and concessions to handle the increased capacity will also be included in the project.

Louisiana Tech will replace the playing surfaces at both the baseball and softball facilities. The project will cost $1.2 million and should be complete in time for the upcoming spring seasons.

Oral Roberts broke ground on a new outdoor track facility. The facility will be the first outdoor track facility in the school’s history.


Academic & Multi-Use Facilities           

Ohio State will build a new multi-sport arena, set to open in 2018. The $30 million facility will host competitions for several sports: volleyball, gymnastics, fencing and wrestling programs.

UC San Diego opened the Alex G. Spanos Athletic Performance Center. The $4.3 million space features strength and conditioning and athletic training zones, an outdoor conditioning plaza and conference room.


Other Notes of Interest        

The New York Times reported the next Arms Race in collegiate sports is directed at how schools provide meals for their athletes. In addition to expanding budgets for food and beverages provided to their student-athletes, many schools are building fueling stations in existing facilities and building entirely new athletic dining facilities.

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Football and Basketball Financially Support Every Other Sport

Football and Basketball Support Every Other SportIn case you haven’t heard me say it before, football and men’s basketball are essentially the only opportunity an athletic department has to make money.

Every once in awhile I run across a baseball program that breaks even (or even makes a few bucks), but it’s rare. Even more rare: Nebraska volleyball turns a profit. So, while there are exceptions, trust me when I say they’re few and far between.

Today, I wrote a piece for Outkick the Coverage on, and I made the case that Ohio State should raise football ticket prices when the market can bear it, because football is the best opportunity to make money for the 15 men’s sports, 17 women’s sports and two mixed teams which all operate at a loss (men’s basketball being the only other exception).

I wanted to give you a closer look at the numbers though. Particularly for those of you who don’t work in intercollegiate athletics, you might not fully understand how the economics work. Generally speaking, football and men’s basketball support every other sport within an athletic department.

Here’s a look at each sport’s revenue and expense numbers at Ohio State for 2014-15:

Revenue Expense Net Revenue
Men’s Sports
Baseball $500,745 $2,129,235 -$1,628,490
Basketball $22,647,562 $8,400,976 $14,246,586
Fencing $28,785 $584,138 -$555,353
Football $72,338,036 $31,950,998 $40,387,038
Golf $445,313 $568,366 -$123,053
Gymnastics $114,202 $963,158 -$848,956
Ice Hockey $696,082 $2,354,838 -$1,658,756
Lacrosse $927,863 $1,960,437 -$1,032,574
Rifle $0 $38,836 -$38,836
Soccer $175,574 $1,017,069 -$841,495
Swimming and Diving $273,022 $1,121,355 -$848,333
Tennis $44,282 $1,041,700 -$997,418
Track and Field, X-Country $98,315 $1,278,248 -$1,179,933
Volleyball $57,473 $900,973 -$843,500
Wrestling $925,472 $1,697,959 -$772,487
Other $0 $42,315 -$42,315
TOTAL $99,272,726 $56,050,601 $43,222,125
Women’s Sports
Basketball $713,617 $3,541,305 -$2,827,688
Fencing $28,787 $578,923 -$550,136
Field Hockey $100,150 $1,014,646 -$914,496
Golf $444,660 $690,385 -$245,725
Gymnastics $109,717 $1,456,215 -$1,346,498
Ice Hockey $83,023 $1,736,959 -$1,653,936
Lacrosse $69,213 $1,170,987 -$1,101,774
Rifle $0 $38,837 -$38,837
Rowing $48,205 $1,734,986 -$1,686,781
Soccer $218,549 $1,358,293 -$1,139,744
Softball $152,017 $1,330,635 -$1,178,618
Swimming and Diving $96,008 $1,136,163 -$1,040,155
Tennis $34,743 $980,240 -$945,497
Track and Field, X-Country $89,976 $1,435,552 -$1,345,576
Volleyball $246,128 $1,769,877 -$1,523,749
Other $24,388 $620,714 -$596,326
TOTAL $2,459,181 $20,594,717 -$18,135,536
Mixed Teams
Rifle $29,935 $243,805 -$213,870
Other $176,611 $190,359 -$13,748
TOTAL $206,546 $434,164 -$227,618

If you want a bigger picture look at the overall revenue and expense numbers for the athletic department, including how much is donated back to the university. check out my piece on Outkick the Coverage on

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College Athletics Construction Roundup: October 2015 “College Athletics Construction Roundup” is a monthly series on the construction of intercollegiate athletics facilities. Each month we’ll provide a list of announced, in progress and recently completed athletic construction projects from around the country. You can view previous editions of the “College Athletics Construction Roundup” here.

Master Plan

UNC Wilmington has several projects in the planning or construction phases. Highlights include updating the recreation facility to be used by both athletics and the student body, resurfacing the track and exploring feasibility and options for a new tennis stadium.

Columbus State has several projects in the pipeline. Renovations are on-going in the baseball stadium. New golf and tennis facilities are also being constructed. The school is spending roughly $5 million on the projects.



Montana unveiled plans for the Washington-Grizzly Champions Center. The 46,000 square-foot facility will be constructed along the        southwest corner of Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The facility will feature a 7,000 square-foot football locker room and 12,500 square-foot strength and conditioning center. Expected completion is summer 2017. Continue reading College Athletics Construction Roundup: October 2015

College Athletics Construction Roundup: September 2015

The “College Athletics Construction Roundup” is a monthly series on the construction of intercollegiate athletics facilities. Each month we’ll provide a list of announced, in progress and recently completed athletic construction projects from around the country. You can view previous editions of the “College Athletics Construction Roundup” here.

Master Plan

Ohio State will spend $67 million on three major facility projects. $30 million will go towards a new home for Olympic sports and will replace a much smaller wing of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The $30 million Covelli Arena will host wrestling, volleyball and gymnastics. The final $7 million will be used for a new training center for the wrestling team.

Northern Iowa includes four projects on its five-year capital improvement plan. A football operations center will be constructed in the south end zone of the UNI-Dome. The Dome is expected to have the turf replaced. A new turf soccer field will be constructed as well as a new Performance Center to be used primarily as a basketball practice facility. The four projects have an expected cost of $17 million.

UAB launched an athletics facilities campaign with a goal of improving facilities across multiple sports. Plan highlights include a two-story football operations building, a new track & field complex, baseball & softball enhancements and new facilities for beach volleyball, golf and tennis.

Memphis announced it has raised enough funds to begin construction on practice facilities for both its football and basketball programs. The 76,000 square-foot football facility features an indoor practice field, nutrition center and dining hall and an academic support center. The 58,000 square-foot basketball facility includes new practice courts, academic center and weight training facilities. Completion is expected for both facilities by the 2017-2018 academic year. Continue reading College Athletics Construction Roundup: September 2015

New stipends put spotlight on colleges’ math


The start of a new school year ushers in a new financial reality for college athletic departments and, with it, questions about the hot new statistic in college sports: cost of attendance, or COA.

Schools use cost of attendance to determine a student’s need for financial aid, and federal law dictates the types of expenses that can be taken into account when a financial aid department determines its COA figure for the academic year. Athletic departments have traditionally provided grants-in-aid to cover a majority of COA components — tuition, books, room and board — but NCAA rules have prohibited them from covering travel/transportation and personal and miscellaneous expenses.

In January, however, the power five conferences — the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC — granted the ability to offer student athletes stipends to cover the full cost of attendance, and the other Division I football conferences followed suit.

And that’s where the questions come in. The methods that financial aid offices use to determine figures for travel and personal expenses differ from school to school. Different methods mean some schools offer larger stipends than others, creating a new point of differentiation in the hypercompetitive world of college athletics recruiting.

The change sparked a debate about whether the system could be manipulated to provide higher COAs, and the accompanying recruiting advantage, for some schools.

Click here to continue reading my piece in last week’s SportsBusiness Journal (no subscription required).

College Football’s Most Expensive Tickets for 2015

CFB Most Expensive Tix 2015With home games against Texas and USC, Notre Dame has the highest average ticket price at home this season at $332.09, according to ticket search engineTiqIQ. It’s the highest preseason average TiqIQ has recorded in the past five years.

Three of the five most expensive games right now will feature Notre Dame, two in South Bend. Notre Dame vs. Boston College at Fenway Park is averaging a whopping $919.90 per ticket. Texas at Notre Dame comes in second at $829.29, and USC at Notre Dame ranks fifth at $590.81.

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