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BC cancels spring football game

Boston College has cancelled its spring football game Saturday because of events unfolding related to the Boston Marathon attacks, the school announced Friday afternoon.

Athletic director Brad Bates issued this statement:

“After consulting with campus, city and law enforcement officials, including the Boston College Police Department, we have decided to cancel all home athletics events scheduled for Saturday, including the spring football game. Our first priority is ensuring the safety of our student-athletes, coaches and spectators. Our local law enforcement community has done a phenomenal job this past week, and we do not want our events to serve as a distraction.

"Furthermore, now is a time for reflection to honor those who have been tragically killed and injured this past week and to allow our community to heal. The entire Boston College family stands with those who have been affected by this week's events. Together we will persevere and emerge stronger and more unified than ever."

Boston College was set to wrap up its first spring under new coach Steve Addazio.