He wrote letters to 10 schools to gauge their interest. The first to respond was Marquette University, then coached by the flamboyant and highly successful Al McGuire. McGuire met with Boylan at a hotel in Boston where the former was attending a clinic. They hit it off immediately. “Al was just like every guy I knew in my neighborhood,” Boylan said. “I came from an interesting neighborhood; we had some real characters. I just knew I was going to like this guy.”
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The feeling was mutual. “We were sharing a couple of hamburgers and he asked if I could play for his team,” Boylan said. “I don’t remember saying this to him but Allie (McGuire’s son and former Marquette player) told me years later that I had said, ‘I’m not coming to your school to play for your team. I’m coming to your school to be your starting point guard. “Allie told me that when I said that to Al, Al said, ‘I got a keeper here.’ ” McGuire sure did. Boylan led the Warriors in assists his junior and senior seasons and played a key role in Marquette winning its first and only NCAA championship when it beat North Carolina 67-59 in the 1977 title game in Atlanta.