|The Lou Montgomery Story|
|Tuesday, 27 March 2012 22:21|
Why Boston College Should Change the Name of its Football Stadium.
If you have a connection with Boston College, its football program over the years,or college football in general, it's possible you may have heard the name Lou Montgomery. It's much more likely that you haven't.
In fact, Lou didn't show up as a starter for BC games – not many, anyway. And he was held out of many games altogether, either because the opposition didn't want him on the field, or because the BC coaching staff, having to gain experience in games in which his absence was required, limited his playing time the previous week so the guys who would be allowed to play could gain experience playing without him.
Score: Jim Crow 1; Lou Montgomery 0.
Score: Jim Crow 2; Lou Montgomery 0.
Score: Jim Crow 3; Lou Montgomery 0.
But it was the 1940 gridiron season which brought the greatest glory, and perhaps the greatest shame as well, to Boston College and its rising star football team. The second game of the season was against Tulane University, at Tulane's home field in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tulane was still a national football power in those days, but BC won easily by a score of 27 to 7. Not only did Lou not play in this game, he was not even allowed to stay or to eat meals with his own team-mates. Again, BC was OK with one of its own getting treated as a second class human being. After all, they would be getting a chance to show their stuff in front of New Orleans-based Sugar Bowl officials. Lou was farmed out to stay and eat in facilities of Xavier University, an all-black Catholic institution.
Score: Jim Crow 4; Lou Montgomery 0.
Score: Jim Crow 5; Lou Montgomery 0.
Score: Jim Crow 6; Lou Montgomery 0.
The Years Since.
Has BC ever seriously stepped up to the plate and acknowledged that it took the easy way out?
That, as a supposed moral leader, it erred grievously in seeking what it saw as the glories of a successful big-time football program over human decency? I would have to say no. In my own experiences in the classrooms of both BC High School and Boston College (1954 through 1962), the Jesuit priests and scholastics preached to us that doing the right thing; making the hard choice; was the moral superior to making excuses and making the expedient choice I imagine that this tone was also in effect back in the decade of the 1930s as well.
Can Anything Meaningful Be Done Now, Over Seventy Years Later?
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