Fire Frank Spaziani.
Make him clear out his office on the third floor of the Yawkey Center.
Fire the rest of the staff.
Clear out the offices of all things related to Spaz and BC football for the last three and a half years.
And then when that is done, hunt down former Boston College Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo and make him leave BC as well.
OK. Happy everyone?
Let’s do that. By sundown on Monday everyone is gone.
It’s all cleared out and new BC DOA Brad Bates does what?
Let’s see. Call Jon Gruden and make him a “Godfather” offer he can’t refuse.
Call down to Miami and see if Al Golden will leave Miami and come back to The Heights, where he was an assistant.
Call Nick Saban at Alabama and say, “Give us the best assistant on your staff and we will pay him whatever he wants.”
And just like that, BC football will turn into what? Florida, USC, Alabama, Oregon?
Get a grip everyone.
And BACK OFF for a few more weeks and it will play itself out.
The only thing that is certain is that BC’s record will be any thing from 7-5 to 1-11. The Eagles can beat everyone remaining on their schedule. They can lose to everyone on their schedule.
It will probably be somewhere in the middle, which means that Spaz’s tenure as the BC head coach will come to an end.
In a bottom line world of W’s and L’s not even Spaz will argue that point. He knows what its all about. And he is trying to fix it.
Yes, we know all the numbers are against him. A steady decline in Ws.
No wins against ranked teams.
Do you think anyone at The Heights, including Spaziani, is happy about that?
Of course not.
Here’s what EagleinAtlanta–Bill Maloney–posted after the loss to FSU about Spaziani.
“Fire him now and get a jump-start on the search and give the players a little signal that things can and will get better.”
I like Maloney’s stuff. He generally does a good job, breaks things down and clearly cares about BC.
Well, here’s an invitation to The Eagle in Atlanta, who surely will be watching BC at Georgia Tech next week.
Get a credential. Cover the game, introduce yourself to Spaziani after the game and tell him what you think.
Think that will actually happen?
Probably not, but then again, anything is possible.
Here’s what no one wants to hear or chooses to hear. A HEALTHY roster of players that Spaziani recruited is not that a bad a team. Not great, but certainly of ACC caliber, capable of winning six, seven, eight or nine games a year.
But THAT team has never played a full game at BC because of injuries, and other issues.
BC went into the FSU game DOWN FOUR defensive linemen. They were also short-handed against Army.
You can argue that BC should be able to beat Army with its back-ups. Well, BC almost did. It screwed up. Players missed tackles. Coaches made mistakes in judgement in calling plays.
Stuff happens No one at BC is making excuses because they are pointless.
And. Yes, changes will be made once this season is over unless the Eagles run the table.
Count on it.
Everyone at BC knows that, including Spaziani.
Firing Spaziani right now would do what?
Give BC a head start on finding a new coach?
Are you kidding me.
Do you actually believe that Bates is not looking and checking names and availability right now?
Do you not think that when the regular season ends a decision will not be made and made quickly.
Fire Spaz now will give a boost to the players on the team?
Really. I talk to players on that team. I see them on the practice field. I see them walking around campus.
They are mad as hell. But changing coaches, putting someone like Doug Martin in on an interim level.
Again what will that accomplish?
Maybe that is done at places where football is more important than going to school or playing by the rules.
But at BC?
It’s easy to lobby grenades from long distance, without names or accountability.
It’s easy to say someone should be fired, not allowed on the team bus or plane home as some “fans” have suggested.
Frank Spaziani and I were friends before he took over as the head coach at BC.
We will be friends when he is no longer the head coach and that will probably be by December.
That will be too bad. Spaz is a good man who loves BC as much or more than any of his critics.
But if it happens, life will go on and the next coach will try to do a better job.
And when it doesn’t happen, the grenades will be tossed into the fox hole again.
© 2012, Mark. All rights reserved.