BC shouldn’t be this bad in big-time sports, and other picked-up pieces

Conte Forum was mostly empty for this men’s basketball game against Virginia Tech.

Conte Forum was mostly empty for this men’s basketball game against Virginia Tech.–WINSLOW TOWNSON FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE/FILE 2016

Picked-up pieces from Houston, Fort Myers, and everywhere in between . . .

Boston College is looking for an athletic director in the wake of the failed five-year regime of Brad Bates, who was never a good fit for the job. Despite BC’s historic levels of losing in revenue sports in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the AD job is a much-coveted position and the Eagles’ search committee will have no shortage of capable applicants. Virginia Commonwealth AD Ed McLaughlin (BC, ’95) is a logical fit and other names being kicked around include UCLA associate AD Chris Iacoi (BC ’01), Kennesaw State AD Vaughn Williams, Army AD Boo Corrigan, and Villanova AD Mark Jackson. There’s consideration for letting one of the veteran Eagle coaches/administrators (Barry Gallup, Jerry York, John Kane) hold down the fort for a few years. A guy the Eagles would do well to consider is former BC baseball coach Peter Hughes. Currently the baseball coach at Oklahoma, Hughes is from Brockton, went to BC High, and knows just about everybody in the BC athletic department from his nine years as the baseball boss. Hughes is 49 and would be able to shower some love on estranged alums who are angry about what has happened to football and basketball. There is no reason for BC to be this bad in the big-time sports.

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