Boston College Head Coach Compares 2021 Spring Ball With 2020

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Well, it sure beats last year. That was basically the main takeaway from Boston College coach Jeff Hafley following the team’s first week of spring practice.

“Really good start. Really happy to be back out here with the guys. I didn’t sleep much last night in looking forward to it,” Hafley told reporters. “It’s been a long time coming, just to have the chance to get back out here playing football was awesome. A ton of energy today. Obviously, we have work to do, but really great start. High energy, kids were locked in.”

Hafley is in his second season at BC. The Eagles finished 6-5 overall and 5-5 in the ACC in his first. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no spring ball last season, and some wondered if there would even be a season this year.

Now, like the vast majority of Division I programs, Hafley and the Eagles are just glad to be back, putting in the work in the spring.

“It’s different. There’s a different vibe,” Hafley said. “I feel the confidence. I feel the team’s a lot closer. I feel the players and coaches are a lot closer. This year, last time, we were still getting to know everybody. A ton of energy. I’m excited for [the media] to get back and see it so you can see the difference between the energy now versus last time you guys were able to come live.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,

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