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Daily Noontime: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone!

And welcome to the morning after a nor’easter here in New England where some of us got no snow while others woke up to one or two feet of snow.

Speaking of the snow, Punxsutawney Phil has an announcement: there will be six more weeks of winter. Hooray!

Alright, enough about the snow. Let’s kickstart the day with a brand new Daily Noontime – as usual, be well, stay safe, and hold the line, everyone!


Tuesday’s Headlines (February 2, 2021)

  • Yesterday was an exciting day for Colin Cowherd, who launched The Volume in partnership with iHeartMedia.

    This partnership will feature a library – well, more a podcast network of 2,000 hours of programing. Of course, Colin Cowherd will be the star because this is his network (and platform) he is launching, but there will be other shows hosted by LaJethro Jenkins and Dragonfly Jonez, along with a football program by Aqib Talib.

    Colin Cowherd is not the first – well, more a “big-time” name to launch a new platform during the pandemic as John Skipper and Dan Le Batard announced earlier this year plans for their content company.
  • According to 247Sports.com, Overtime, which is known for its amazing highlights on social media, is planning to launch a semi-professional basketball league that will “provide compensation” for high school student-athletes.

    More information will be announced later this month, but it appears the plan (as of this morning!) is to begin competition this September.
  • Dartmouth College announced last week plans to reinstate five of its athletic teams, which were cut last year to “increase flexibility in admissions and ease its budget deficit,” but there seemed to be a lot of tension between members of each program with Harry Sheehy, who is the school’s athletic director, and Tiffani-Dawn Sykes, who is the senior associate athletics director for varsity sports, during a recent one hour Zoom session.

    The following programs have been reinstated at Dartmouth: men’s and women’s golf, men’s lightweight rowing, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving.
  • In an open letter on The Athletic, Andy Staples penned a noted – or should we say “memo?” – to incoming Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Commissioner, Jim Phillips, about adding Notre Dame to the league.
  • Tom Brady, who is gearing up for his tenth Super Bowl this week, is open to playing past the age of 45.
  • The Yale University men’s lacrosse team will not compete this spring due to “an insufficient number of players enrolled.”

    News of the Bulldogs pulling the plug on their upcoming season came in an email from head coach Andy Shay to alumni of the program.

Finally, make sure to check out (and see) who made our Noontime Sports Small College Basketball Team of the Week, which we released last night!

Football Friday Notebook (Jan. 29, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Football Friday, everyone!

We’re excited to start a weekly football notebook that will feature a slew of news (and links) from the gridiron.

And don’t forget, you can listen to our weekly Football Friday Podcast with Andrew Pezzelli and Zach Weiss on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify.

Alright, let’s share some football stories (and links) – have a great weekend, everyone!


Professional Football


College Football

  • Two days ago, Central Connecticut State University announced that they would not participate in the 2021 Northeastern Conference (NEC) spring football season.

    CCSU interim Director of Athletics Tom Pincine said Wednesday’s decision is in “the best interest of our University and football program,” while Ryan McCarthy, who is the coach of the Blue Devils, echoed the statement but also added that the team can “focus solely on returning to spring practice and preparing for the Fall 2021 season.”

    The Blue Devils have not competed since 2019 when they posted a school-record 11 victories and secured a spot in the opening round of the NCAA FCS postseason.
  • While CCSU won’t play football this spring, a Sacred Heart official told the New Haven Register that the Pioneers are planning to compete, despite no games listed on the team’s current schedule.
  • The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) unveiled its 2021 fall schedules with plans to “return to its Atlantic and Coastal divisions” later this year.

    While Notre Dame did compete under the ACC umbrella last fall, the Fighting Irish will return to being an independent for the 2021 college football season.
  • The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) held its ‘digital media day‘ today ahead of the league’s spring football season, which is scheduled to commence – or should we say kickoff? – Saturday, February 20, 2021.
  • The ASUN Conference announced earlier today that football will be the league’s 20th sport.

High School Sports

No. 2 Notre Dame Remains Perfect, Tops BC, 45-31

Ian Book and the Notre Dame football team beat Boston College to improve to 8-0 overall. (PHOTO COURTESY: WNDU)

By NoontimeSports.com

Brian Kelly was worried about a potential letdown following his team’s thrilling win last week against fourth-ranked Clemson University. But instead, the Everett, Massachusetts native watched his second-ranked Notre Dame football team pick-up its eighth win of the season as the Fighting Irish beat Boston College, 45-31, in Chestnut Hill.

With the win, Notre Dame improves to 8-0, including 7-0 against Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) foes while Boston College dips to 5-4.

Notre Dame’s Ian Book completed 20 of 27 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for a game-high 85 yards on 10 carries and one score. All three of Book’s touchdown passes landed in the hands of Ben Skowronek, who caught fives passes for 63 yards. Boston College’s Jaelen Gill led all receivers with 105 receiving yards.

Despite a slow start, Notre Dame truly gained momentum, as well as the lead, in the second quarter by scoring three touchdowns to secure a 31-16 lead at the break.

The Fighting Irish’s lead would continue to grow as the second half progressed, but the Eagles were able to reduce the deficit with touchdowns by David Bailey and Hunter Long.

Notre Dame retained possession following Boston College’s final score and drained the clock with five rushing plays, along with a pair of kneel-downs following an unsportsmanlike penalty against Maximilian Roberts.

As a team, Notre Dame recorded 29 first downs while converting two fourth down attempts. They also produced 557 yards of total offense while Boston College finished the game with 357 total yards.

Tonight’s win was Brian Kelly’s 100th victory with the Fighting Irish. He joins Lou Holtz and Knute Rockne, who have also recorded 100 wins or more as the head coach of the Notre Dame football team.

Both teams are off next weekend, but will return to the gridiron on Friday, November 27. Boston College will host Louisville at 12 p.m. while Notre Dame will visit North Carolina for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

Decisions On The 2020 College Football Could Come This Week

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The question of if and when college football returns should be answered in the coming weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Ken Lund on Visualhunt.com / CC BY-SA)

By Matt Noonan 

The debate about if and how college football could be played during a pandemic may be answered this week, especially after a flurry of activity this past weekend between Power 5 conferences convening remotely, per reports, to the Mid-American Athletic Conference (MAC) becoming the first F.B.S. league to cancel its 2020 season.

Last night – Sunday, August 9, to be exact – we learned the Big Ten conference, which met twice this weekend, is leaning toward canceling its football season. And if football is canceled, it is likely both the presidents and chancellors of each institution would pull the plug on other fall sports, too.

An announcement from the Big Ten is expected if not today definitely this week, and pending the league’s final decision on the 2020 fall sports season, it is possible other Power 5 conferences such as the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Pacific-12 Conference (Pac-12) could cancel their respective fall sports seasons or perhaps make tweaks to their newly updated schedules.

While nothing official has been announced by the Big Ten or any Power 5 conference as of this morning, Bob Bowlsby, who is the commissioner of the Big 12, did provide some insight into what leagues might take into consideration when deciding to cancel games this fall: players enduring longlasting cardiac issues from contracting the coronavirus (Covid-19) that may prohibit them from future competition.

As noted in a recent story from Sports Illustrated, team doctors and physicians are worried that youth athletes, who are healthy and may be asymptomatic, could develop life-long heart problems, including myocardial, which causes damage to the heart muscle. It appears this issue is just one of many both presidents and chancellors are grappling with when it comes to making a decision on the 2020 fall sports season.

Here in New England, it appears as if both Boston College and the University of Massachusetts will play football this fall, but it is not a given that either program will play or perhaps complete its entire schedule. It is possible, pending future announcements from the Big Ten and other leagues, that both seasons could be canceled or punted to next spring.

Merrimack College, which competes in the Northeastern Conference (NEC), will have to wait and see if their football team will be allowed to play games this fall. According to last month’s update, the NEC President’s council will reconvene on Thursday, October 1 to assess the ongoing pandemic and see if it’s possible to provide not just the Warriors, but every team in the conference with some form of competition.

Other New England schools, including those that compete at both the Division II and III levels, will not be competing this fall, despite some athletic departments still not announcing that fall sports are canceled. But it is likely those announcements could come if not this week later this month once students return to campus.

At the end of the day, these are not easy decisions, so fans and football fanatics need to respect whatever is announced either today or over the next few days. Yes, no college football in the fall would seem strange, but if these decisions result in keeping the student-athletes safe, along with everyone else involved with college athletics safe and healthy, then we should applaud both the presidents and chancellors for making the right call.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, August 6, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Welcome to Thursday, everyone!

A brand new weekend is on the horizon, but before we begin making social distancing plans with families and friends, make sure to enjoy this gorgeous weather today here in Boston.

Let’s kickstart the day with a brand new Daily Noontime – as usual, stay safe, be well, and make sure to smile, everyone!


Noontime’s Headlines for Thursday, August 6, 2020 

  • Jaylen Brown poured in a team-high 21 points while Jayson Tatum netted 19 points in 18 minutes as the Boston Celtics rolled past the Brooklyn Nets last night by a score of 149-115.

  • As of this morning, the Boston Celtics have won two games in the NBA bubble and will play four more games, beginning tomorrow against the Toronto Raptors. Tipoff between Boston and Toronto on Friday, August 7 is scheduled for 9 p.m.

    Also, the Green and White are currently locked into the third position in the Eastern Conference and would play the Philadelphia 76ers in the opening round of the postseason if the playoffs were to begin today.

    Again, it just seems weird (and strange) to think the NBA is playing in August, but both the Celtics games and others have been fun to watch.

  • The Boston Bruins dropped their second qualifier contest yesterday to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 3-2.

    Following the loss, Boston’s Tuukka Rask said he does not “care where we finish” – he is referring to where the Bruins would place in the final regular-season standings before the postseason begins.

    At the moment, the Black and Gold will most likely be the third seed and play one more round-robin game on Sunday, August 9 against the Washington Capitals.

    For those looking for a silver lining or perhaps a glimmer of hope, the Bruins did look like themselves yesterday after yielding a pair of first period goals.

Alright, let’s do some quick-hitters!