Jeff Hafley thinks a lack of experience, execution was what cost Boston College vs. North Carolina

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Eagles quarterback Phil Jurkovec had free rein to air it out. He threw 56 passes, the most by a BC quarterback at Alumni Stadium since at least 1996. And even though his 37 completions, 313 yards, and two touchdowns nearly brought the Eagles back after falling behind, 14-3, in the first quarter, Hafley said there were plays he missed that could have swung the momentum long before BC’s fourth-quarter rally.

“If you watch the tape, there are some plays — there are some explosive plays out there — that with experience, we could’ve hit a couple of big ones,” Hafley said.

More than the plays the Eagles missed, Hafley was concerned by the mistakes that sabotaged them. The Eagles committed 12 penalties, costing them 110 yards. From false starts to unsportsmanlike conduct, the flags were drive killers at pivotal times.

“Whether it was from the wide receiver room or the offensive line or the quarterback, we just need to do a better job in practice,” Hafley said. “It’s fourth and 1, third and 1 and we’re going backwards . . . It can’t happen. We need to do a better job of cleaning up that procedurally and we will.”

The quiet killer for the Eagles was third-down defense. North Carolina’s first two scoring drives were fueled by four straight third-down conversions to start the game. They converted a fifth before a BC stop, and 7 of 12 overall.

“There’s a lot of conversation between [defensive coordinator] Tem [Lukabu] and I talking about third down,” Hafley said. “If you look early in that game — I think there were like six or seven to start — the coverage was there, we had a guy, had a sack, and we just let him off the hook. I mean, you’re talking about changing


Report finds ‘significant lack of equity’ in K-12 education, Michigan Civil Rights Commission says

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The Michigan Civil Rights Commission released a 62-page report Wednesday, Sept. 30, describing inequities in Michigan’s K-12 education system. The report also detailed recommendations for policy makers and educators to implement to make achieving educational equity a priority in all Michigan schools.

The adoption of the report passed unanimously at a Wednesday Michigan Civil Rights Commission meeting.

Stacie Clayton, Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, said the report revealed a “significant lack of equity” in Michigan’s K-12 education system.

“This Commission believes that an adequate education is the key to unlocking a lifetime of opportunities and also is a basic civil right,” Clayton said. “We learned during our education hearings that not all children receive the kind of education they deserve as their birthright. We urge policy makers, educators and other stakeholders across the state to view this report as a roadmap they can follow to help schools achieve educational equity and give all Michigan children – regardless of household income, race, residency or ability — the education they need to lead productive and fulfilling lives.”

The report is the culmination of a series of public hearings and a year-long examination of disparities in K-12 education in Michigan. From May 2018 through the end of March 2019, the Commission held five public hearings around the state and heard from dozens of subject matter experts, school administrators, teachers, parents and students on the ways Michigan is falling short in its obligation to effectively educate all its children.

The Commission became increasingly concerned about educational disparities in 2016 during their examination of the racial implications in the causes of, and response to, the Flint water crisis, according to a Wednesday news release. The decision in 2018 to launch an exploration of inequity into Michigan’s education system came after learning about the