Boston College Statement On Steven Lively

January 18, 2012

In response to the e-mail sent out by Steven Lively (BC ‘83 Football Alum) on Monday night, the university has issued the following statement:

Steve Lively’s letter regarding Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo is perplexing and unfortunate, and filled with irresponsible and baseless claims.  It has caused a number of people, including several of Steve’s former football teammates, to express concern for him and his judgment. 

Under Gene’s leadership, the BC Athletics program has remained true to its traditions and the pursuit of excellence.  Boston College has one of the highest student-athlete graduation rates in the country, its athletics facilities have been upgraded significantly, and its athletes have succeeded on the field and in service to the wider community.   

Gene DeFilippo has the confidence, respect, and support of countless members of the Boston College community, including University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., as well as colleagues in intercollegiate athletics throughout the United States.

Jack Dunn, University Spokesman

After looking into the matter, The Heights has decided not to go forward with a follow-up story on the e-mail to DeFilippo.

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