Has BC hit bottom?

WEST POINT,N.Y.–It started out badly and ended with even a worse outcome for Boston College in a football season that has turned from sunny and bright to dank and dreary.

And it’s not even Halloween.

This was the kind of day it was for  the Eagles on Saturday.

The Eagles played in front of their first sell-out crowd of the season at Army’s Michie Stadium, with a good portion of the crowd  of 39,492 composed of BC fans.

Interim BC athletic director John Kane watched  the parade of cadets ceremony on Saturday morning sitting next to Army athletic director Boo Corrigan–one of the leading candidates to come to BC as Gene DeFilippo’s replacement.

Corrigan, for what it was worth, was wearing a yellow shirt and a maroon tie. As of Saturday afternoon he had not been offered the job. But sources familiar with the situation said that he would definitely be more than interested if the call came.

BC, as it has done throughout the season, had huge defensive lapses and fell behind 14-7 in the first quarter against an Army team which produced a pair of 9 play, 70 plus yard drives.

And as they had done all season, they came back and then allowed Army back  in the game as it overcame a  24-14 second quarter BC lead.

Army, as it has done all season, fumbled away the ball twice in the first half, which killed potential Black Knight drives.

BC, which had a running attack in name only, went to Andre Williams for redemption of sorts for its deservedly criticized ground game.

All Williams did was break off a school record 99-yard TD run, pick up 161 yards rushing in the first half and  score a pair of TDs which helped the Eagles overcome their early defensive breakdowns. He finished with a career-best 191 yards

All of this was a set up for a game BC needed desperately to win. And until the final 45 seconds it appeared as if they had done just that. They even appeared to have come up with the rarest of plays this season–a fourth down defensive stop at their own  1 yard line in the final 2 minutes.

But then it turned on the Eagles.

As it had done against Miami, as it had done against Northwestern and Clemson this season.

And the way it did in games against Duke, Northwestern and Wake Forest last year.

No fairy tale ending on this afternoon for BC. That changed in the time it took Army quarterback Trent Steelman to slice through a gap in the line for 29 yards into the end zone which turned a 31-27 BC lead into a 34-31 Eagle loss.

The 1-3 team became 1-4 and the Cadets, a team that was shut down by Stony Brook 23-3 a week, had won its first game of the season and looked  unstoppable in doing it.

It certainly looked that way to BC, because the Eagles couldn’t do it for more than a play.

Consider some truly frightening defensive numbers posted by BC.

Total yards allowed: 595

Total rushing yards  allowed: 516.

Number of plays run by Army: 92

Army Time of possession: 37:38.

Three Army backs: Raymond Maples (184 yards, Steelman (141 yards 3 TDs) and Larry Dixon 128 yards, 1 TD) all rushed for more than 100 yards. Dixon averaged almost a first down (9.8 yards) each time he carried the ball.

The Eagles had some excuses–Two of their staring defensive linemen, Brian Mihalik and Kaleb Ramsey and another Dillion Quinn did not play because of injuries and Kevin Pierre-Louis, arguably the Eagles’ best linebacker also didn’t play because of an injury.

But injuries are part of big boy football. You have to deal with them and the Eagles tried. But they didn’t do a very good job.

What was even more frustrating, amazing, disappointing (choose 1 or all) was that the Eagles admitted they basically knew what was coming and still couldn’t stop Army.

“We were ready for them, we were where we  were supposed to be,” said middle linebacker Nick Clancy who had 15 tackles. “We just didn’t do the job. It’s as simple as that.”

You could second and third guess decisions and mistakes made all day and all night. Why take a delay of game penalty which put BC punter Gerald Levano further back in his own end zone just before Army’s game-winning TD?.

When a shanked 34 yard punt followed, Army took over on the BC 38 and scored in 3 plays

And there was the fumble out-of-bounds at the BC 5.  On the ensuing kickoff.  Had the kick off gone of bounds on its own, BC would have taken control of the ball 35 yards further up field and well…

You want more frustration?

The Eagles’ offense again posted another 30 plus point effort, with a solid 420 yard effort, including a nice balance of 186 rushing to 234 passing, although those totals may be skewered by Williams’ 99 yard TD run.

In the end none of it mattered. The Eagles had lost again and the cries for Coach Frank Spaziani’s job will be at a rock-concert level this week.

As tough as this game was for BC, it was probably like a recess period for what the Eagles must deal with next week when they travel to Florida State as they pick up their  ACC competition.

Spaziani cut to the chase quickly in his post-game press conference  “There’s no place to go but up,” said the embattled BC coach.

With Florida State next week and a Georgia Tech which plays a faster version of the kind of offense Army ran at the Eagles on Saturday, BC might may still have to climb a bit further.

None of its good right now and it doesn’t look like it will get better any sooner.

And for the voices who say they want heads right now–specifically Spaziani’s, we have a simple question.

And what will that do? Create stability? Make the defense play better?


It is what it is and it is not good. Let the season play itself out, bring in a new athletic director and go from there.


© 2012, Mark. All rights reserved.

  18 comments for “Has BC hit bottom?

  1. Eagle on the Riviera
    October 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Mark, you’ll see this posted on EO, I know you’re friends with Spaz, feel free to share this with him. I’m just one of the many who live and believe in this program only to see him run it into the ground

    I saw my first game in 1962, Navy and Roger Staubach, my Dad was BC’49, joined the faculty in ’66, I’m ’78 first of 4 grads, if I had any kids they’d be BC kids.. those of you who know me, know that I’m a walking living example of a BC guy…you know the prick that makes the non BC people hate us..lol

    how do I feel right now, embarrassed by what this over his head piece of shit cookies n naps ‘best coach in 15 years’ has done to our football program. I’ve been saying for years what others have said above, that there was a reason why he never got a sniff, let alone interview for a HC job at ANY level, FBS, FCS, D-2, D-3, Prep School, Hockomock League, Pop Warner… the descision makers knew what they had a decent Def Coord, but not HC material. Do I blame Spaz for taking the job that NEVER should have been offered? hell no, who hasn’t taken another job for more $$..however there comes a time when a man has to look himself in the mirror and se what he is… Spaz looks in the mirror and sees Bear Bryant. we look at Spaz and see a guy so out of touch that he makes Bobby Valentine look good

    if the BoT and Leahy think that putting this buffoon on the sidelines and cashing the ACC checks is fine, much like Kevin Bacon at the end of Animal House “remain calm, all is well” they are more deluded that Spaz. Remember the calls when we joined that we’d be another Duke in ACC Football, we not, WE’RE WORSE and a couple more seasons under Spaz and we could be Temple’d out of the ACC could you blame them?

    now the kids, they have pride, they are playing their hearts out, I didn’t see any quit in them last week while out gunned by Clemson, next week with FSU coming off their WTF loss to ToBY of all people is going to lay 70 on us. I’d been planning on going down for it since my Brother lives in Jax and nephew is a JR at FSU, but with our national sales meeting this week, thats out.

    my problem with the kids, isnt with the players as players, they are a good group, trying out there every week, but honestly most of them should not be playing at this level. Spaz’s recruiting is beyond pathetic look at the other offers the kids who have verbal’d have any FBS teams are MAC schools or FCS schools, BC is their only BCS conference offer, would you as a parent tell your kid to turn down an offer from BC to go to Kent State? Hell no, neither would I…

    we are getting the most we can out of these kids, 110%, but against the ACC thats just not enough, and then to have Spaz throw them under the bus, THEY DESERVE BETTER, WE DESERVE BETTER

    the first job of the new AD should be to Fire Spaz day one, name someone who has no desire for the job to run out the season (Gallup?) and start the search

    i’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore

  2. Section132
    October 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    On behalf of the Garden State, please change “A Jersey Guy” to “A Masshole Wannabe Guy”.

    Snooki is offended to be connected to someone who is connected to the Spaz.

  3. October 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Certainly it is possible that switching to am interim coach now could breathe new life into the team, right?

  4. Bubba
    October 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    What would a change do at this point? Obviously, it wouldn’t create stability. That’s the point. Why would stabilizing things in this state be a positive? How about sending a message to the players and fans that this level of performance is below acceptable standards. This has to be laid at the feet of the head coach.

    I’ll take you at your word that spaz is working hard. So, if it’s not a lack of effort, something else is lacking. Pretty hard not to conclude its coaching and recruiting skills that are in short supply.

    • Mark
      October 7, 2012 at 7:53 am

      I agree with you. But wait until a new AD takes over

  5. Joe Crum
    October 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    This season started sunny and bright…Please stop using your Blaus Blog to defend your fellow ajerseyguy.

  6. Hugh Jass
    October 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm


  7. Hugh Jass
    October 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Answer the question blauds

  8. Hugh Jass
    October 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Where has Mr. Awesome II been on eagle outsider recently?

  9. Hugh Jass
    October 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    You are a clown

  10. AndrewtheViking
    October 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Mark, can you please justify why spaz should get to stay? please, give me one reason other than he’s your friend. He’s pathetic, he’s been a terrible HC, and you can’t defend that. And please don’t say it wont fix the team, because it sure as heck wouldn’t hurt it.

    But seriously, defend spaz on here for all to see. I dare you.


  11. The Nexus
    October 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    “And for the voices who say they want heads right now–specifically Spaziani’s, we have a simple question.”

    Who is we? You’re the only one defending this buffoon. 5 years ago we were the #2 team in the country.

    • Mark
      October 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Yeah, sparky. Im defending him with my name out there because he is my friend and I see how hard he works and what is going wrong. But I know and he knows that winning is the bottom line and if at the end of the year BC has a losing record a change will be made. Case closed. Move on.

      • The Nexus
        October 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm

        Wins year before Spaz: 9
        Spaz year 1: 8
        Spaz year 2: 7
        Spaz year 3: 4
        Spaz year 4: what 3?

        “he is my friend and I see how hard he works”

        Please he draws a 7 figure salary. I have a nice participation ribbon for him.

        He has destroyed this program.

      • Joe Crum
        October 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm

        He is your friend so you won’t state the truth? You are a jackass. BTW, what is “Blaus Blog”? Is it supposed to be “Blauds Blog” but you’re too lazy to change it?

      • Mark
        October 7, 2012 at 1:10 am

        we will see you may be right

        • Joe Crum
          October 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm

          He is right.

  12. Hugh G Rection
    October 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Still preaching and making excuses for the dinosaur. You really are a buffoon.

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