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In Brief: Martin Jarmond An Inspired Hire for Boston College

Eagles fans have a sliver of hope after years of ACC darkness.

The Boston College Eagles made a big move on Thursday in announcing their new athletic director, Martin Jarmond.

Formerly the deputy athletic director at Ohio State, Jarmond takes his first head gig in Chestnut Hill.

Jarmond assumes the program from Brad Bates, who led Boston College Athletics for five years. In those five years, Boston College’s revenue sports sustained their decline since the Gene DeFilippo era. From 2015 to 2017, football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball combined to go 8-76 in Atlantic Coast Conference games.

Martin Jarmond: Please, Blow It Up

A Boston College alumnus such as the editor of this site welcomes the Jarmond hire. Said editor was expecting the school to cheap out for an NEC or MAAC administrator. At first glance, this is the resume of someone who knows the inner workings of a big-time program. Furthermore, Jarmond presents as an energetic new voice.

Assuming he has the latitude to make the necessary changes, Martin Jarmond can put Boston College on the right path. He must if the program is to return to respectability.

Don’t be fooled by the bowl win last season: the football program is in mediocre shape at best. Meanwhile, the basketball programs are enormous disasters. The men are eight years removed from the NCAA Tournament, and the women are 11 years out. Jarmond needs to gut those programs and rebuild ASAP. Both squads need new coaches by this time in 2018, and the football team might have one as well.

Jarmond’s predecessor failed to make splashy hires, or even moderately effective ones. Time will tell what he will do as Boston College’s head of athletics, but a sliver of hope has been given to the fans after years of suffering.

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