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Boston College Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo Issues Apology For ACC Remarks

Boston College Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo apologized for remarks he made about UConn football, and ESPN's role in conference expansion.

Boston College Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo issued an apology today for his remarks regarding the ACC and ESPN, according to Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press.

Boston College AD sent apology to ACC's presidents/ADs for speaking "inappropriately & erroneously regarding ESPN's role" in expansion.

BC just released short letter DeFilippo sent to ACC leaders: "I regret any misunderstandings or negative fallout my actions may have caused"

DeFilippo also said "while I harbor some ill feelings toward the University of Connecticut regarding the lawsuit, depositions and derogatory comments from UConn officials when we announced our decision to join the ACC, it was inappropriate to express personal feelings."

In Sunday's Boston Globe, DeFilippo was quoted admitting that he spoke out against UConn joining the ACC. He also criticized ESPN's role in conference expansion.

"We always keep our television partners close to us,'' he said. "You don't get extra money for basketball. It's 85 percent football money. TV - ESPN - is the one who told us what to do. This was football; it had nothing to do with basketball.''

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