Boston University Terriers
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|Boston University Terriers|
|Conference(s)||Patriot League, Hockey East for ice hockey, EIWA|
|Athletics director||Mike Lynch|
|Varsity teams||21 varsity teams (9 men, 12 women)|
|Football stadium||Nickerson Field (1953–97)|
|Basketball arena||Agganis Arena|
|Mascot||Rhett the Boston Terrier|
|Fight song||GO B.U.|
|Colors||Scarlet and White
The Boston University Terriers are the nine men's and twelve women's varsity athletic teams representing Boston University in NCAA Division I competition. The men compete in basketball, cross country, ice hockey, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, and wrestling. Women compete in basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, and softball. There is no varsity baseball or football team and the Men's wrestling team will be cut after the 2013-2014 season.
Boston University's team nickname is the Terriers, and the official mascot is Rhett the Boston Terrier. The school colors are Scarlet and White. The mascot is named Rhett in a reference to Gone With the Wind, because "no one loves Scarlet more than Rhett."
Boston University's ice hockey team is the most successful sports program at the school, with five national championships (1971, 1972, 1978, 1995, 2009) and 21 appearances in the Frozen Four. The Terriers have also been the national runners-up five times, and have won five ECAC tournament championships and seven Hockey East tournament championships. Many of BU's hockey players have gone on to successful careers in the NHL.
Since 1984 the Terriers have played in the Hockey East Conference, along with crosstown arch-rivals Boston College. The series with Boston College is known as the Green Line Rivalry or the Battle of Commonwealth Avenue. Under long-time coach and former player, Jack Parker, BU excelled in the 90's, winning six Hockey East regular season titles, four Hockey East tournament titles, the 1995 National Championship and 3 National runner-up trophies. BU missed the Frozen Four for 11 consecutive seasons beginning in 1998 but returned to glory by winning the national championship in 2009.
BU has dominated the annual Beanpot tournament, which has been contested by the Terriers, BC, Northeastern and Harvard since the 1952–53 season. The televised tourney is a local institution, played in front of annual sellouts at the TD Banknorth Garden, and is a fierce battle for bragging rights. As of 2010, the Terriers have won 29 of 58 Beanpots and 12 of the last 16.
Other varsity sports
For most other sports, BU competes in the Patriot League. The Men's Basketball team earned post-season berths in the NCAA tournament or NIT four straight seasons between 2002 and 2005 and also in 2011. They are known to have a rivalry with the Albany Great Danes and the Vermont Catamounts.The program is notable for grooming big name college coaches such as Rick Pitino, Mike Jarvis, Patrick Chambers and Joseph Bianco. The Terriers also have a history of national success in men's and women's soccer, field hockey, and women's lacrosse. The men's and women's rowing teams compete in the EARC and EAWRC respectively, the oldest and most competitive conference in collegiate rowing. In 1991 and 1992 women's rowing won back to back national championships.
Here is a complete list of current varsity sports: Men's Basketball, Men's Track & Field and Cross Country, Men's Soccer, Men's Tennis, Men's Crew, Men's Ice Hockey, Men's Swimming & Diving, Women's Softball, Women's Basketball, Women's Lacrosse, Women's Tennis, Women's Swimming & Diving, Women's Track & Field and Cross Country, Women's Field Hockey, Women's Crew, Women's Track & Field and Cross Country, Women's Golf, Women's Soccer, Women's Ice Hockey, BU Wrestling
In April 2013, Boston University announced the school would discontinue its wrestling program after the 2013-14 season, citing cost and a move to the non-wrestling Patriot League. The team will compete in the EIWA for the 2013-14 season before dissolution.
Boston University terminated their DI-AA football program on Homecoming Weekend 1997 during a one-win season in the Atlantic 10. The players at the time were allowed to keep their 4-year scholarships or transfer without NCAA penalties. The University has used the former-football scholarships to comply with Title IX requirements. Since dropping football, BU has improved its facilities for other sports, including hockey, assuaging critics' concerns that football was dropped as part of a plan to neglect athletics. BU has rejected efforts to revive the program citing the lack of support from a local fan base. Proponents often argue that a football revival would increase alumni contributions, exceeding potential program losses. However, starting in 2010, BU football has started to make its return with a new club team being formed and fielded that same year.
The Boston Terriers Football Club, composed of BU students, is the only club not sanctioned or recognized by Boston University. As such, the club is forced to practice at Logan Airport and play their home games at Steinbrenner Field at MIT.
In 2013, Boston University decided to host a reunion for all BU Football Alumni and friends of football for the first time since 1997 and the termination of the sport. Speculation that perhaps enough time has passed since the death of John Silber, that football might be reconsidered by the Administration. To date, the Administration has remained unyielding in its posture regarding football, continuing to site lack of interest and Title IX as major reasons not to discuss it. However, more and more alumni, and those who support the idea that Boston University should have a program site just the opposite; that BU would be forced to admit more male students and add more sports for women, both of which the Administration also does not want to consider.
Other club sports include lacrosse, ski, baseball team, golf team, sailing, rugby, equestrian, golf, water polo, volleyball, ballroom dance, cheerleading, cycling, dance, dance theater, figure skating, gymnastics, inline skating, Kendo, snowboarding, synchronized swimming, Squash (competes against varsity teams), and ultimate frisbee.
In 2005, Boston University opened Agganis Arena for Hockey and Basketball. The facility was designed as a hockey arena: a departure from BU's Walter Brown Arena which had the smallest playing ice in Division I. Agganis Arena seats six to seven thousand, and also serves the city of Boston as a mid-size venue for popular events that could not fill the 18,624 seat TD Garden (previously the Fleet Center). The arena is named after Harry Agganis, "The Golden Greek," BU alumnus, Terrier sports star, Boston Red Sox first baseman, and Boston native who died of a pulmonary embolism in 1955 at the age of 26.
Other facilities include the indoor Track and Tennis Center and the Fitness and Recreation Center, which includes a pool and diving well for the swim teams. The 200 meter indoor track is modelled on the previous high-banked armory track, which attracted programs looking to run fast times. The turns, banked up to 18.5 degrees help runners push through turns at normal speed and rhythm, and can produce many personal indoor bests. The Track and Tennis Center hosts the annual BU Invitational. Hi Outdoor track, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and other outdoor sports continue to be played on the artificial surface of Nickerson Field.
- University to Discontinue Wrestling in 2014
- "Boston University accepts invitation to join Patriot League starting in 2013-14". Patriot League General Release. Patriot League. Retrieved 15 June 2012.