Former Boston College running back Montel Harris has transferred to Temple and is eligible to play this season, Big East blogger Andrea Adelson has reported. Harris arrived on campus Sunday and is enrolled in classes, which began Monday.
In May, Harris was dismissed from BC's team for a repeated violation of team rules. His transfer to Temple isn't much of a surprise, considering two former BC assistants are now coaching there. Ryan Day is Temple's offensive coordinator and Kevin Rogers is the quarterbacks coach. Rogers, who was hired as BC's offensive coordinator last year, took a leave of absence last season for health reasons, according to BC coach Frank Spaziani.
And suddenly Temple isn't looking so bad. Boston College? Well, that's debatable.
I have no idea why Montel Harris isn't playing for Boston College this year, and I'm not about to speculate on that one. It is unfortunate, though, that such an accomplished player will be taking his talents elsewhere. Had Harris been able to stay on the team and healthy, he would have been chasing a 34-year-old ACC record. Harris has run for more career yards than any other ACC junior in history, and was entering the 2012 season with 3,735 career rushing yards. NC State’s Ted Brown currently holds the league's career rushing record with 4,602 yards from 1975 through 1978.
If Harris were the only one to leave BC this offseason, there wouldn't be so many eyebrows raised. But the way Boston College handled the Rogers situation, plus the departures of several other assistants raised questions about how Spaziani has handled things internally. This is a critical season for his coaching career. He should be able to win without Harris, as there are other talented, experienced running backs on the roster. But will he win enough to make BC fans forget last year's disappointing season and such a strange offseason?