The best part about college sports — the whole point of college sports, the reason why people are so passionate about college sports — is the “college” part. Most (though admittedly not all) of the really enthusiastic fans, and especially those in college hockey, attended the universities they support.
The pride is in the university. The best college hockey experiences are ones with school colors splashed everywhere, giant murals on the walls, raucous student sections, and great — or even just goofy (love you, Ivies) — bands.
So that’s why many of us were agog at the realization that BC Athletics had decided try to turn around a Conte Forum atmosphere that has already been on the decline by taking the “Boston College” out of Boston College Hockey.