Boston College punts bowl game, rewards team with family time
Boston College opted to pass on bowl game invitations to allow players to spend the holidays with friends and family and begin to recover from the emotional toll of the 2020 season.
The Golden Eagles are the first bowl-eligible team to opt out of a possible postseason game. Boston College posted a 6-5 record in head coach Jeff Hafley’s first season.
Following two days off and position group meetings that followed a loss to 43-32 Virginia last week, Hafley said it was clear players wanted to go home.
“I can’t thank our players enough for the sacrifice and commitment they showed to each other, to our team and to our community,” Hafley said Thursday. “The biggest reward we could give this team was let them finish finals and go spend time with their families.”
With the support of the administration and coaching staff, Hafley said players voted to decline any bowl game invitation. Athletic director Dr. Patrick Kraft called the unique bowl game setup likely “just another road game” because families and fans aren’t able to attend in some states due to COVID-19 restrictions. Kraft said players are “spent.”
Hafley credited the team for making sacrifices beyond being away from their immediate families since June. Boston College played 11 games and had only one positive COVID-19 test.
“It took more out of them than anybody has any idea,” he said.
This is the first time since 2016 that Boston College won’t play in a bowl game. The Eagles have lost seven of their past eight bowl games that went the distance. They also played to a “no contest” in the 2018 Servpro First Responder Bowl that was canceled after it began due to weather.
–Field Level Media