Daily Noontime: Friday, July 3, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Friday – yay, we made it!

It is also a holiday weekend, too – any fun plans for the Fourth of July?

As usual, we hope everyone stays safe and healthy during this time, and celebrate in a smart way, too. Have a great weekend and thanks for patiently waiting for today’s Daily Noontime!


Noontime’s Headlines for Friday, July 3, 2020

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

It is going to be another WARM day here in Boston, as well as outside the city, so get that morning walk or run in soon. Otherwise, you will have to wait until this evening when it will be a bit cooler (or less humid!).

As you know, the ‘Daily Noontime’ has officially returned, which means its time to dish out some headlines for the day.


Noontime’s Headlines for Tuesday, June 23, 2020

  • On Monday, Bowdoin College announced they would not be playing fall sports nor would its winter teams be competing until next year.We wrote about this announcement yesterday – along with some other fall sports plans, too – but we did hear from a source in Maine that it is possible the school’s fall sports teams could compete during the spring semester.
  • Also on Monday, we learned that UMass Boston will continue to offer remote learning this fall, which means the Beacons’ fall sports teams will not be competing for Little East Conference (LEC) titles. It is possible students – and maybe student-athletes – could return to campus at some point this fall, but a lot will depend on the impact the virus is making, both in and outside the city.Interim Chancellor Katherine Newman shared an update about plans for the fall semester on the school’s website yesterday – she did mention e-sports could be a way to keep students engaged and connected while studying remotely. Could we see a Beacons e-sports team this fall?
  • The Patriot League unveiled its plans for the upcoming fall sports season last night, which will certainly impact the seven schools that play football. According to Sports Illustrated‘s Pate Forde, non-conference games seem unlikely.Holy Cross, which competes in Patriot League, is currently scheduled to compete against five non-conference teams this fall, including Boston College and Harvard University. Maybe those games could happen since they would take place in-state. Additionally, the Crusaders are scheduled to commence their 2020 campaign in North Andover against Merrimack College.
  • Steve Politi of NJ.com has a great story about the upcoming Rutgers University football season – he asks the question why do we need to bring back student-athletes in the midst of an ongoing pandemic? Is it really worth the risk?
  • Middlebury College plans to welcome its students back for the fall semester, which will not include an October break. Students would depart campus around Thanksgiving and finish the semester remotely, as well as take their finals from their homes, as well.What does that mean for the upcoming Middlebury fall sports season? As of now, games remain scheduled, but the school said in last night’s announcement about the fall semester to “more details” will be unveiled in the coming weeks, so stay tuned Panthers fans!


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Daily Noontime: Monday, June 22, 2020

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By Matt Noonan 

The Daily Noontime is back – yay!

Yes, we are officially back – Monday through Friday, to be exact – to provide you with some links, news, and possibly photos of our newest team member – that would be our dog, Austin Noonan.

As usual, make sure to stay connected with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube – have a great day, everyone, and remember to social distance!


Noontime’s Headlines for Monday, June 22, 2020


The Weekend Rewind 

It was hot this past weekend, but that didn’t stop us from doing some blogging.

One of the stories I posted this past weekend was about adult men’s baseball leagues in Massachusetts planning to start-up on Monday, July 6, which happens to be when the state’s third phase of its reopening is scheduled to start.

Another story I posted was about a father-son duo at Bridgewater State University – that would be coach Joe Verria and Ryan Verria, who are leading the way for the school’s football program.

And finally, we want to thank the Western Massachusetts Football Coaches Association (WMFCA) for the opportunity to highlight a slew of local student-athletes that were expected to compete once more last Friday, June 19 at Springfield College in a Senior Bowl.

BC’s Burt Signs With New England As An Unrestricted Free Agent

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New England Patriots logo. (PHOTO COURTESY: Patriots.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Jake Burt, who played tight end for Boston College last fall, signed an unrestricted free agent contract this afternoon with the New England Patriots, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Lynnfield, Massachusetts native, who played high school football at nearby St. John’s Prep in Danvers, was named to the John Mackey Award Watch List prior to the start of the 2019 season. He recorded career-highs last fall in receptions (15) and receiving yards (212) while catching one touchdown in his team’s 45-13 win over Richmond.

Months after helping the Eagles beat Richmond, Burt registered a season-high four receptions for 66 yards in a 38-31 setback to Florida State.

Burt becomes the second tight end to sign an unrestricted free agent contract with the Patriots after Dan Hope announced last night that Ohio State‘s Rashod Berry will be competing for a roster spot with New England.

According to Patriots.com’s Mike Dussault, the “team has not yet confirmed these signings,” but have been keeping track of various reports from players, agents, and media members.

As of Sunday evening, the team has supposedly reportedly signed 16 undrafted rookies.

BC’s Dillon Drafted By The Green Bay Packers

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AJ Dillon was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. (PHOTO COURTESY: JOHN TLUMACKI/ Boston Globe)

By NoontimeSports.com

AJ Dillon elected to forgo his senior season to pursue his “childhood dream” of competing in the NFL. And on Friday evening, Dillon’s dream of playing professional football came true as the Boston College halfback was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 62nd pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

The New London, Connecticut native, who was named an All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) first-teamer for the third-straight season, departs campus as the all-time leader in career rushing yards (4,382) and rushing touchdowns (38). He also etched his name in the record book as the leader in all-purpose yards (4,618) and total touchdowns (40).

Dillon was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year while finishing the 2019 season fourth in the country in rushing yards (1,685). He joins a Green Bay Packers squad that came within one game of representing the NFC in the Super Bowl.