Yes, Boston is a pro sports town (as per CHB) -- in yesterday's Globe UMass-Michigan, the first college game story, ran on page 14 of the sports section. BC's response, for many years, has been to try to establish themselves as the big-time college sports franchise in the area, and make everyone else the Lowell Spinners. They tried with basketball... oops! In football, they no doubt felt they couldn't take the risk of not being in a BCS conference, but I'm convinced they also wanted to avoid playing UConn. The ACC, in some respects a reasonable fit for BC, has bad geography for them, and no natural rivalries. I'd bet against this plan working out in the long run.