On Thursday, Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley phoned in to Boston radio station WEEI’s OMF radio show to talk football. These type of interviews aren’t uncommon, Steve Addazio would occasionally show up on the morning shows and talk to the hosts. But the difference has been the reaction that came after.
In the interview Hafley talked to the hosts bout his team, not caring about moral victories, and having his team’s back. He spoke with passion, he was honest, and he gave folks not familiar with BC football a glimpse into why many feel the program is in the best shape it has been in thirteen years.By the end host Christian Fauria was jokingly asking how his son (a tight end at Colorado) could transfer to BC.
If you live in the Boston market you know the reactions BC commonly gets from the listeners. “No one in this town cares about college sports”, “BC stinks”, “get this guy off the air.” Then the hosts would read the reactions and they would all get a laugh. BC was never taken seriously, and for the last twelve years haven’t deserved to be. The team has been .500 or worse for twelve years, Alumni Stadium is consistently half filled, the students have lost interest, and the fanbase continues to dwindle.
But in the past few weeks there has been a seismic shift, and it has been led by the charismatic head coach.
This is the perfect time for Boston College to step in and get more attention in newspapers, television shows and on the radio. The reaction to Jeff Hafley’s interview was overwhelmingly positive, and it wasn’t just from BC fans. The listeners flooded WEEI text line with positive responses.
On top of that, the media, who usually snubs their nose at