Big Ten expansion candidate: Boston College
Mar 31, 2014 at 2:43 am
The 12th installment in a series looking at 12 different universities that could potentially join the Big Ten
- School: Boston College
- Location: Chestnut Hill, Mass.
- Enrollment: 13,903
- Current League: Atlantic Coast Conference
- Number of sports offered: 29
- Academic profile: Not a member of the Association of American Universities; 34th in the U.S. News and World Report National Universities rankings
- Why it would fit: Boston College would attract New England viewers to the Big Ten Network. If the league went to 16 teams, Boston College might join some of its former Big East brethren as part of an Eastern division. Boston College is not an AAU member but its undergraduate school is one of the nation's best. Athletically, Boston College competes at a high level in football.
- Why it wouldn't: Boston College had a home crowd exceeding 41,000 fans only once last year for an eight-win team. It barely registers as a blip in the Boston sports scene.
- Final verdict: If the Big Ten wanted to combine BC with three or four other Eastern schools, it's a possibility. However, BC's case for inclusion is less strong singularly than Rutgers, Syracuse or Connecticut.
- YouTube moment: On Nov. 23, 1984, Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie sealed the Heisman Trophy with this touchdown pass against Miami on the game's final play.