Sunday, May 7, 2017

Boston College Eagles (1989-90)

The Boston College uniform from 1989-90 -- the last two seasons under Jack Bicknell's tenure as coach -- is a bit of a transitional look between the Flutie-era glory days and the Tom Coughlin-era return to glory of the early-mid 90s. This uniform was worn by the sad-sack Eagles who came in between.

The sleeve numbers are bumped up to the shoulders, where they remained until the late 90s, and the stripes are replaced with the interlocking "BC" logo -- minus the eagle that usually graced the front of the logo. The mustard yellow pants from the Flutie era remained. 

A nice shot of the Boston College 1989-90 sleeve logo.
All these pics are from the Sub Turri yearbooks.
Continuing the theme of this being a transition period,
here's freshman QB Glenn Foley in 1990.
He later led BC to its famous 1993 upset of Notre Dame
and finished fifth in the '93 Heisman Trophy balloting.
And to think I always thought he was a Tom Coughlin recruit.
After Flutie's departure following the 1984 season, the program fell into a bit of a tailspin, achieving only one winning season from 1985-90. The Eagles went 2-9 and 4-7 in the transitional uniform and Bicknell was fired as coach. "I just don't look at it like it's a business," Bicknell said after his firing, according to Boston College Football Vault. "I look at it like it's a sport."

The road version of the 1989-90 uniform.
Bicknell was done at BC, but he was far from done as a coach. He coached in the World League of American Football/NFL Europe for 14 of league's 15 years, going 71-74-1 with three teams (Barcelona Dragons, Scottish Claymores and Hamburg Sea Devils). He won the 1997 World Bowl with Barcelona behind future NFL quarterback Jon Kitna.

And if you think some the uniforms on this blog are unusual, you should check out the duds Bicknell's Dragons wore. And duds they were ...

Craving some more BC unis? Look right here: 2016201520142013200720001995-961994198419821978-801968-771958-60, 19571955-561950-521939Rivalry Week (w/Holy Cross).

Remember those old "This is your brain on drugs" ads from the 1980s?
Well, Miami had its share of scandals then, and BC fans
were more than happy to rub it in. "Catholics vs. Convicts," of course,
was a label made more famous by the Notre Dame-Miami rivalry of the late 80s,
and is the subject of one of about a thousand "30 for 30" documentaries on Miami football.

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