Frank Spaziani will not be brought back as head coach of the Boston College football team for a fifth season. Leading the Eagles to a measly 22-29 in four years and one of the worst records (2-10) in the history of the program, Spaziani’s ousting comes with the promise of a brighter future for BC football.
Spaziani began his tenure at BC in the late 90s, serving as running backs coach and defensive coordinator until 2009, when he replaced Jeff Jagodzinski as head coach.
In 2009, the Eagles went 8-5 (5-3 ACC) and lost in the Emerald Bowl to USC, 24-13. Since then, Spaz has recorded only one winning season (2010) and has shown minimal improvement in recruiting and player development. The Eagles did not make a bowl game for the first time in 12 years in 2011, snapping the longest active streak in BCS history.
This season was exponentially more mediocre than those of previous years. A program known for its smash-mouth, powerful defense has finished the season ranked 75th in points against and 112th in the FBS in running defense. BC has not lost ten games since 1978, when the Eagles went 0-11.
Rumors circulated last week that Boston College AD Brad Bates had begun the process of finding a new head coach, assembling a committee to find the right fit for the university. Potential suitors include the young, ambitious Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, Michigan State’s Pat Narduzzi, Miami head coach Al Golden, and Kent State head coach Darrell Hazell.
Spaziani’s recent failures have contributed to a considerable decline in support for the Boston College football team. Various BC alumni have expressed their distaste for Spaz’s shortcomings, especially after another losing season.
Details concerning Spaz’s settlement with the school are to follow.