Oversee Athletics & Fire Our Controversial Athletic Director
  • Petitioned Fire BC Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo

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TO THE BOSTON COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Fire BC Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo

Oversee Athletics & Fire Our Controversial Athletic Director

    1. Committee for a New Direction in Boston College Athletics   ......
    2. Petition by

      Committee for a New Direction in Boston College Athletics ......

     To the Boston College Board of Trustees.....Fire BC Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo

We need to get this tragic story into the national media to bring attention to the downfall of Boston College Athletics. The Boston Media has been silent on the downfall of Boston College Athletics. We think the reason for this is that large institutions and/ or corporations buy advertising in big newspapers and other information outlets. The Boston Globe is in very bad financial condition. It has been mentioned that Boston Globe and the Herald (the other big Boston newspaper) have consolidated printing operations. Large institutions and/ or corporation know of the financial conditions of the various media sources and leverage their advertising revenue to stop big newspapers and others from covering stories that are sensitive and or potentially damaging. What does this say about the freedom of the press? What does this say about the state of our democracy? 

Please read our petition and sign it and ask others to do the same. The sited unethical business practices hurts the NCAA, Boston College students, student athletes, alumni and the declining local and the declining national fan base of Boston College Athletics.

The Committee for a New Direction in Boston College Athletics is concerned about an appearance of exploitation of college athletes for profit. We believe the university president and his 'controversial' athletic director has gravely harmed a historically successful Division One Sports Program clearly for profit and has harmed our athletes, and many nationally recognized winning coaches swept out under highly unusual circumstances.

The Boston College Board of Trustees must take back control of Boston College Athletics and also shed the image of being a rubber stamp for Pres. Leahy. The Board must be transparent! The Chair of the board must take action. Paying this athletic director ($600 thousand to $1 million plus per year) the type of dollars he is receiving is simply not justified and wrong!

We already know from a Boston newspaper that this athletic director acted inappropriately with regards to North Carolina State, and IF this becomes a matter for the courts what will be exposed as far as interfering with employment opportunities for other(s) as is alleged.

The present reality:

 The steady decline of a historic and significant economic base for the university.
 The steady decline of the football program.
 Loss of BC Football Alum financial support for the university.
 Loss of significant BC Football fan base.
 Declining BC Athletics ticket sales (gives away free tickets for appearances sake).
 A shifting away from a traditional Athletics Director’s role to that of fundraiser.
 A self serving motivation to receive higher compensation on the part of the Athletic Director, i.e. surcharging.  

The Committee is looking for a change in leadership, a new direction, and the restoration of the universities’ once highly regarded NCAA Division 1A athletic program, and to restore the reputations of nationally respected coaches wrongly treated to meet the self serving financial needs of the Director of the Boston College Athletic Department. We are seeking justice for the defaming and unjust firing of a legendary African-American men’s basketball coach Al Skinner; the unjust firing of women’s basketball Coach Cathy Inglese and others; and to end the excessive Athletics Director tampering of the internal relationships between head coaches, their staffs and the athletes causing grave harm to the relationship structures needed for a successful sports program.

Key questions from present and former BC employees, football alum and others:

1. Will the board of trustees now oversee the athletic program instead of President Leahy?
2. Will the board of trustees explain how the athletic director position is compensated, publically?
3. Does the athletic director’s compensation consist of a base and how is that configured and is fundraising additional bonus to the athletic director’s compensation?
4. Can the board of trustees articulate where they see its vision of the Boston College Athletic Department?
5. Will the board of trustees review why key donors ended their relationship with Boston College and how does it related to the Athletics Director’s office? Will you meet directly with alumni in open forum?
6. Has the board of trustees and/or any of its members seen the poor attendance at Boston College football and basketball games?
7. Will the board of trustees go back and review all coaching terminations of employment contracts in the athletics department and also look at the relationship between the Athletic Director’s office and head coaches?
8. Finally, will the board of trustees speak to both former coaches as to why they left and what the atmosphere was like working in this athletic department? The Committee for a New Direction in Boston College Athletics views the present atmosphere within the athletic department to be toxic for staff, coaches and our cherished student athletes:

• In the past few months 4-assistant football coaches have left the football staff. All these folks must be replaced at a cost.
• There has been incredible turnover within the athletic department; such movement creates instability.

Of Note:

Fact:

1. Our greatest success in athletics came under the direction of Father J. Donald Monan, president of Boston College who is a sports fan.
2. Please note that two former Boston College athletes and alumni became our most successful athletic directors (Bill Flynn and Chet Gladchuck).
3. The interest of the student athletes were front and center.
4. When you have an emotional tie to something you will protect it.
5. The football team saved Boston College you (the board of trustees) now govern from the legacy provided by Father J. Donald Monan, Bill Flynn and Chet Gladchuck, and our incredible athletes.
6. All of these leaders made modest incomes and yet the university thrived as did our sports programs.

Fact:

President Leahy took this former division III athlete and made him head of a highly respected NCAA Division IA sports legacies with no accountability but looked the other way because of the enormous money (donor giving) bought in by this athletic director causing system conflicts of interest and an incredible decline in our athletic program

Fact:

Former Boston College Athletic Director William J Flynn (BC Alum) hired some the most winning coaches in BC sports history:

 Hockey Coach John "Snooks" Kelley : 501 Wins /243 Losses/ 15 Ties
 Hockey Coach Leonard Stanley Ceglarski : 419 Wins /242 Losses/27 Ties
 Head Basketball Coach Bob Cousy: 114 Wins/38 Losses
 Head Basketball Coach Dr. Thomas "Dr. Tom" Davis: 100 Wins / 47 Losses
 Head Basketball Coach Gary B. Williams: 76 Wins /45 Losses
 Head Football Coach Jack Bicknell: During his first six seasons, the football program went to four bowl games including the Tangerine Bowl in '82, Liberty Bowl in '83, Cotton Bowl in '85 (the '84 season)

Fact:

Former Boston College Athletics Director Chet Gladchuck Jr. (BC Alum) hired the most winning coaches in BC sports history:

 Former Head Football Coach Tom O’Brien (75 Wins vs. 45 Losses; 8 Bowl Game Appearances with 6 wins 1 loss and 1 tie; Longest winning bowl streak in the Nation); Outstanding coach.
 Former Head Football Coach Tom Coughlin now New York Giants Head Coach; Outstanding coach
 Former Men’s Basketball Coach Al Skinner (210 Wins vs. 137 Losses; in 11- years; 6-NCAA Tournament. Appearances w/1 NIT Appearance), Outstanding coach, fired.
 Former Women’s Basketball Coach Cathy Inglese (273 W vs. 179 L; in 15-years; 7-NCAA Tournament. Appearances w/1 WNIT Appearance; 3-trips to the NCAA Sweet 16 (2003, 2004 and 2006)); Outstanding coach, fired.
 Current Men’s Hockey Coach Jerry York ("5" National Championships); Outstanding coach.

Fact:

Poor business manager of Boston College Athletics with a self serving financial arrangment (compensation: role of athletic director and role of fundraiser- additional compensation); Current Boston College Athletics Director (Non-BC Alumni) hires at Boston College:

 Former Head Football Jeff Jagodzinski (11 Wins vs. 3 Losses; ACC Div Champ; #10 Nat'l Poll; Champs Sports Bowl; the Eagles were ranked second in the Bowl Championship Series standings); a winning coach, fired.
 Current Head Football Frank Spaziani, poor coaching record.
 Current Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Crawley, Just got fired (another medical issue announcement, or is it?).
 Current Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Donahue, poor coaching record.

Note: Our AD’s public statement - The current BC Football Coach (Frank Spaziani) is the best coach this AD has seen at BC in 15-years (4 Years, 20-19); Where does this leave national championship winning hockey coach Jerry York on his list? What does this statement tell our present student-athletes about Boston College’s commitment to excellence in athletics?

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Boston College teeters on the edge of irrelevance

      This is a Yahoo Sports article: "Boston College football could slowly be slipping down the rabbit hole."

    2. HEARTBREAK & FAILED LEADERSHIP AT "THE HEIGHTS"

      The Legacy of BC Pres. Leahy and his athletic director.......

      Boston College Sport by ACC sport:
      Men's Basketball: 12th out of 12
      Women's Basketball: 11th out of 12
      Baseball: 12th out of 12
      Softball: 12th out of 12
      Men's Tennis: 12th out of 12
      Women's Tennis: 9th out of 12
      Women's Lacrosse: 6th out of 6
      Football: 10th out of 12
      Women's Volleyball: 12th out of 12
      Field Hockey: 5th out of 6
      Men's Soccer: 6th out of 9
      Women's Soccer: 5th out of 11

    3. Failed Leadership & the Diminishing of a Boston Sports Legacy

      BC Football 2011 Game by Game Average Attendance: 35,709; Stadium Capacity: 45,000

      Home Game/ Actual Attendance/% Empty Seats

      NORTHWESTERN /37,561/ -17%
      DUKE /35,812/ -20%
      MASSACHUSETTS /30,176/ -33%
      WAKE FOREST /38,265/ -15%
      FLORIDA STATE /38,729/ -14%
      NC STATE /33,712/ -25%
      *****
      Men's Basketball Ranks 101 in Average Home Attendance

      Quote from BCINTERRUPT: Here are even more sobering numbers. Of the 73 teams in the six power conferences (Big East, ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac 10), BC finished in the bottom 10 percent in terms of attendance:

      89. Oregon State (6,084)
      101. Boston College (5,317)
      105. Rutgers (5,236)
      107. Northwestern (5,089)
      108. Southern California (5,016)
      110. South Fla. (4,884)
      114. Miami (FL) (74,411)

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      Note: Do not have numbers of free tickets given away by BC Athletics to these games
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    4. Under Armour overlooking BC in new t-shirt rollout (Tuesday, May 08, 2012)

      Quote from the beginning of the article: "I hoped that when BC signed with Under Armour that it would mean more aggressive merchandising and licensing. Based on Under Armour's own website, BC is either old news or undesired."
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      Note: In communications to the BC Board of Trustees, President Leahy and the controversial BC athletic director a BC sports alum noted that the Boston College brand was suffering!!!

    5. The Way A Black Coach Was Fired From BC & Its Consequences

      Should black Americans boycott Boston College? We believe the answer is "NO!" We should remove the culture that caused these tragic events to take place.

      • Great athletes who happen to be black are now leaving Boston College.
      • We know black high school athletes who will no longer consider going to Boston College.
      • The way the former black men's head basketball coach was fired called “lazy” is on the minds of many people blacks or whites (he was 3rd most winning coach when he was actively coaching in the ACC, and cannot get a coaching job today).
      • If top black and white athletes are not playing in BC’s major revenue producing sports what does that say about the future of athletics at Boston College?

      Boston College now has a ‘national’ appearance problem with both black and white Americans. The timing of the Lou Montgomery honoring at Boston College is suspect but we honor Lou Montgomery and we are excited for his family.

    6. Is This Why the Boston Globe Won’t Touch BC? Is the Herald in the Same Boat

      • We hear that the Boston Globe is in very bad financial condition

      • Large institutions and or corporations know the financial conditions at the Boston Globe and are in a position to leverage their advertising to stop the Boston Globe from covering stories.

      So much for free speech!!!

    7. Reached 50 signatures
    8. Our Litmus Test Questions

      (1) Is Boston College's athletic program better off under a BC President Leahy and this athletic director’s watch or under former BC President Monan and former BC athletic directors Bill Flynn and Chet Gladchuk?

      (2) Is Boston College's athletic program under a BC President Leahy and this athletic director a recognized power in athletics like we know it was under former BC President Monan and former BC athletic directors Bill Flynn and Chet Gladchuk?

      (3) Finally, can the current BC athletic director stack up in terms of great coaching hires like his predecessors BC Athletic directors Bill Flynn and Chet Gladchuk?

    9. The Exploitation is Clear

      We see a clear conflict of financial interest in the athletic director’s compensation; season ticket up charging, donor and gift giving efforts. We also have the attendance numbers detailing the decline of the Boston College fan base. Our losing is a result of what is indicated in the petition not because of the efforts of our BC student athletes.

      The exploitation is clear -- money versus winning. Just look at the numbers of great coaches fired and or pushed out of Boston College. Our athletes have an arm tied behind their backs but this athletic director makes $600k to $1 million plus a year because he brings in big donations. One would think you can bring in tons of money and win but that is the failure of President Leahy and this athletic director.

      We can hope forever to get the right person in that position to have the needed facilities to compete as a D1A power. Our philosophy must change to competing for national championships in all major sports.

    10. Time for BC Athletics to Become the Dominate ACC Lacrosse Power

      The Committee for a New Direction in Boston College Athletics believes that Boston College's Lacrosse program should be a fully supported D1A program. We believe that Boston College needs to review its sports programs and fully support 20 to 25 sports programs and participate to win national championships. Clearly we need a new athletic director and maybe new BC President to make this happen.

      Men's: http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-lacros/acc-m-lacros-body.html

      Women's: http://www.theacc.com/sports/w-lacros/acc-w-lacros-body.html

    11. Reached 25 signatures
    12. The Culture of Fear: What insiders know and why we are losing....

      • The athletic director stated the following, “I have to kiss Father Leahy’s ass and . . . you must do the same to me . . . ”

      • That it is understood that this athletic director’s policy is one person of color at a time as head coach “always keeping one in your back pocket!”

      • Stated that he will only keep head coaches around 5-years

      • You work for me”

      • “I pay your salary”

      • “You need to work longer hours”

      • “Put your spouse in their place”

      • Has caused employees personalities to change

      • Has let his ‘POWER’ and his relationship with President Leahy create a climate of fear for the employees

    13. The Burning Questions

      1. Why allow the demise of so many great BC coaches and our cherished sports programs and yet pay a poor business manager making $600k to over $1 million per year?

      2. Where is the board of trustees in all of this?

      3. Why does the board of trustees avoid speaking to BC alumni, employees and fans?

      4. Is the issue of BC's large debt ($760 million) the reason why such unethical business practices and behavior tolerated?

      5. Isn't it time for a change in the leadership of Boston College and at the athletic director level?

    14. What present and former BC employees, football alum and others are saying

      The head of our athletic department-

      • Is a poor business manager; poor hiring record; significant department turnover
      • Poor record of hiring head coaches
      • Has poor relationships with head coaches he did not hire
      • Overworks staff
      • Is a control freak
      • That he lies
      • That the Athletic Director can go dark quickly and become aggressive and demeaning
      • Very sensitive
      • Very manipulative
      • Abusive
      • Created an atmosphere of fear in the athletic department that you cannot explain away
      • He was not always like this. He changed as he made more money and was entrusted with more authority and responsibility

    15. The Public Side of our BC Athletic Director-

      1. Charming
      2. Great sense of humor
      3. Likeable on first impression
      4. Very bright
      5. Methodical
      6. Good at raising money
      7. Caused the physical footprint of the athletic department to grow example the Football Building.
      8. Built the learning resources center
      9. Built new sports fields
      10. Looks at the student athletes as his kids
      11. Supported the men’s basketball team when it was 6-21
      12. When the U Mass basketball team came to BC during a snow storm, that our Athletics Director put them up in a hotel

    16. Why prospective students choose Boston College:

      1. High quality education
      2. Great reputation
      3. Beautiful campus situated in Boston and Newton, MA
      4. First class reputation in NCAA Division One college athletics:

      • Being systematically diminished
      • No longer except in men’s hockey

    17. What many are saying about Boston College Athletics:

      • Boston College’s public image is tarnished.
      • President Leahy’s image is tarnished.
      • President Leahy does not care for athletics
      • Boston College’s sports brand is gravely tarnished.

    18. Witness List: Ready to speak directly to the BC Board of Trustees

      1. Former Boston College Trustee(s)
      2. Present Boston College Employees & Staff
      3. Former Boston College Coaches
      4. Former BC Athletes
      5. Former BC ticket holders

    19. This is what destroyed our athletic program in addition to the $$$ chase

       Excessive Athletics Director tampering of the internal relationships between head coaches, their staffs and the athletes cause grave harm to the relationship structures needed for a successful sports program.

    20. Here is an example of the current BC Athletic Director asking for more $$$$

      “BC Athletics including Gene DeFilippo and Jerry York will travel to Las Vegas April 19-22 for a one-of-a-kind behind the scenes Vegas experience. The weekend will include nothing but the best – private wine dinners, golf and hotel accommodations. Please see the enclosed for a sample schedule of events.

      With a contribution of $25,000 in support of a Flynn Fund Scholar (one-year current use scholarship), you and a guest are welcome to attend “A Weekend With BC Athletics in Las Vegas.” We ask that you make a new gift to the University rather than fulfilling an existing pledge. My family and I have always included BC student-athletes among our philanthropic priorities, and we have enjoyed seeing how the students we support have flourished at BC.”

    21. Current Boston College Athletics Director has:

       High coaching turnover; extremely costly to Boston College
       Publicly stated coaches can only be around for 5-years

      Note: Imagine Duke Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski only being allowed to stay 5-years!

    22. Boston College Stated Commitment to Diversity Has Been Breached

      BOSTON COLLEGE STATED MISSION:

      In support of the University and its goals, the mission of the Office for Institutional Diversity is to facilitate efforts to advance and sustain an organizational culture and climate that fully welcomes diversity and inclusiveness for all members of the Boston College community.

      SADLY THE REALITY UNDER PRESIDENT LEAHY’S TENURE & THE PRESENT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR’S POLICIES AND PRACTICES

      A. That it is understood that this athletic director’s policy is one person of color at a time as head coach “always keeping one in your back pocket!”
      B. Head Women’s Basketball Coach Cathy Inglese unjustly terminated
      C. Head Men’s Basketball Coach Al Skinner unjustly terminated
      D. Ferna Philips of Learning Resources for Student Athletes unjustly terminated
      E. The perception is that there is a process underway to purge people of color out of the athletic department
      F. Student athlete morale is very low
      G. African-American staff is dramatically declining

    23. Behavior that undermined the most successful coaches in BC history

       That many outstanding coaches distrusted the leadership of the athletic department
       That head coach(es) did not speak to this athletic director unless they had to speak
       Undermines the head coach by asking the assistant staff under the head coach if there are any issues or problems with the program, thus causing discomfort between the staff and this Athletic Director
       Undermines the head coach and the assistant staff by going to the student-athletes themselves and asking if there are there any issues or problems, thus causing discomfort between the student-athletes, staff and this athletic director
       That the field hockey team knew the head coach was fired before the coach herself knew
       That the women’s basketball team members knew Coach Cathy Inglese was fired before the coach herself knew
       That this Athletic Director attempts to micro manage entire programs causing great stress on the various staff and throughout his department

    24. Behavior that undermined the legacy but keeps up a positive appearance

       Our athletic director has told recruits to refer to him as ‘Coach Flip.’
       Profanity directed at alumni is well documented; once money was given the search was on for another donor
       Allegations of abuse of employees (will the board do a 3rd party investigation to protect the health & jobs of Boston College employees?); the floodgates will open here!!!!!!!!
       President Leahy’s supervision of Boston College athletics allowed a disconnect between the leadership of the university and Boston College’s employees, customers, its students, alumni and fans of Boston College
       President Leahy is an academically focused college president, with little regard for the contribution of athletics to the students’ college experience

    25. Key Question #1

      (1) Is there a breach of fiduciary responsibilities taking place here? What about the Boston College student's experience; doesn't the board of trustees understand if athletics is allow to be so badly managed and continue to decline -- that applications to Boston College will decline?

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    • Scott Mackay AUSTIN, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Unethical business practices by one in power (AD), when proven out, should not be used to penalize the entire institution, or it's athletic programs. But, they are. The time to fire the AD is as soon as the violations are investigated and proven to be true. DO NOT WAIT for the violations to be discovered by other entities. They will condemn the entire school for not ACTING.

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    • June Thompson BRIGHTON, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Furious over Gene DeFillipo's firing of two quality people head basketball coach Al Skinner, and long time and popular basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis. Plus we need to examine why Boston College Athletics continues to partner with WEEI Radio, a station where the hosts spew nothing but hatred along with vicious, nasty, sexist, and racist remarks and comments! Plus they contstantly ridicule BC sports!!The guy who calls the games now John Meterparel says the nastiest things and laughs about them! Plus he admits that he uses off shore web sites to gamble on sporting events! Hes always talking about gambling on the air! Don't people remember that BC suffered 2 gambling scandals in football and basketball? My husband called WEEI honcho Jason Wolf to complain about this stuff and Teds firing. He did answer the phone, listened to my husbands complaint--then screamed a few choice obscenities at him and hung up!!.Is this the type of behavior that a BC alum should have to endure from a BUSINESS PARTNER of the BC Athletic Department? I think the time has come for the Board of Trustees begin an independent investigation of this bizarre, clandestine relationship between BC Athletics, the Red Sox and WEEI. Isnt it interesting that the A-D has a daughter earing a lot of money as an employee of the Red Sox! Can you say pay-off!! Attention trustees--pull the plug on WEEI now! They have done nothing but ignore and ridicule Boston College Athletics! Gene should be FIRED NOW for all this stuff and so much more. He drove the poor womens basketball coach that he hired into a nervous breakdown and just fired her, another African American coach fired! I dont think there is another minority head coach there now! This situation is deeply troubling! I look forward to further reaction and thoughts on this issue and my comments from fellow BC fans and alums here. This sight is doing a great service--please e-mail it to all on your list. In sports, the economy and politically, Boston in a very dark place right now!

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    • Indigo Cohen JEWETT CITY, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      It's despicable to do anything other than to take up this cause. When any creatures rights are infringed upon, my haunches positively BRISTLE!!!

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    • Kyle Egan HARRISON, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      We lost a recruit to Northeastern Track. Come on there has to be some change!!

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    • Randall Dawson BRIGHTON, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because after decades of loyally supporting BC Football, Gene DeFilippo said "It doesn't matter" what fans like me think.

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