Boston College AD DeFilippo to retire

847185.jpg

Boston College AD DeFilippo to retire

Chestnut Hill, Mass. Boston College Athletics Director Gene DeFilippo has announced that he will retire from his position on September 30.

DeFilippo has served as BC's Athletics Director since September 1997, marking 15 years at the position.

My wife Anne and I have been discussing this decision for some time and we agree that this is the right time for me to retire, DeFilippo said in a Boston College press release. It is also the right time for Boston College to have new leadership in the athletics directors position. In light of my recent bout with melanoma, which is treatable, this decision became clearer to me this summer. After the intensity of 40 years of intercollegiate athletics, this change will enable me to spend more time with Anne, my three children, and our granddaughter, Katherine. I look forward to this next stage of my personal and professional life.

Beginning October 1, Senior Associate Athletics Director John Kane will serve as interim director until a successor is named.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, thanked DeFilippo for his time serving as AD, saying, Gene devoted himself to building a strong, successful athletics program, one that reflected BCs commitment to quality academics and institutional integrity. Doing that has been his passion and joy, and the BC community, particularly our student athletes, have benefitted immensely from his care, advice and hard work.

DeFilippo was BC's athletic director during four national championships in men's ice hockey and also during the school's transition to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In his time, Boston College has invested millions in facilities upgrades, including the 27 million Yawkey Athletics Center and multi-million dollar renovations to Conte Forum, Alumni Stadium and the soccer, field hockey and lacrosse facilities on the Newton campus.

Id like to thank Fr. Leahy for allowing me to serve as athletics director for the past 15 years, said DeFilippo. He was always supportive and was the best boss anyone could have. I will always be indebted to him for giving me the opportunity to work at such a great institution.

Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

kevin-shattenkirk.jpg

Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

Joe Haggerty looks at a number of trade possibilities for the Bruins with the NHL deadline little more than a week away

Click here to view the gallery

Lowe: Wouldn't be shocked if C's move Bradley

Lowe: Wouldn't be shocked if C's move Bradley

Zach Lowe’s most recent podcast is worth a listen, as it features plenty of talk about what the Celtics may or may not due ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. 

Lowe brought up the possibility of the Celtics top-1 or top-2-protecting Brooklyn’s first-round pick and including it in a deal for Butler. He surmises that the inclusion of the Brooklyn pick -- protected or not -- might not come until the final minutes. 

“Look, if Butler gets traded or if Paul George gets traded, that’s when it’s going to happen,” Marc Stein responded. “It’s going to happen in the last five to 10 minutes, so Boston has to make a decision, and let's see if they’re doing the math that they’ve had these assets for a while and it is time to do something bold and the time is now. Really, I think Boston will do it. The question is what will Chicago or Indiana do? And those are two hard reads.” 

Stein spoke to the Celtics’ lack of activity at certain points, but he said that if the C’s do fail to come away with a star player Thursday, it won’t be for lack of aggressiveness. 

MORE TRADE TALK

“I think the Celtics are taking criticism for waiting, and they’ve had all these assets they haven’t moved yet, but I think the record shows that Danny Ainge in general, in total, is very aggressive, not afraid to roll the dice, not afraid to make the aggressive move,” Stein said. “So I have less doubt about Boston saying, ‘Let’s just do it.’ I have far more questions about what Chicago and/or Indiana would do.” 

Lowe said that he imagines the Bulls would “think about” trading the C's Butler if Boston threw in the Nets’ pick unprotected, but added that Chicago would demand to also take two players out of Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown. 

“I think that will be the offer and they’ll get there and Chicago will either have a moment where they say, ‘We walk away or we’ll do it.’ And Boston’s not going to throw in the other Nets pick,” Lowe said. “That’s just not going to happen.”

Rating the aforementioned foursome in terms of trade value, Lowe said that Crowder is the best piece because of his “ridiculously good” contract, followed by Brown, Smart and Bradley. 

Lowe added that he considers Bradley one of the “sneaky interesting pieces at this trade deadline” because his contract is up after next season, which is the same time that Isaiah Thomas’ contract expires. Lowe says that given the uncertainty of his future in Boston, he wouldn’t be overly surprised if Bradley is moved at the deadline.