BC can make moves now but…

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.

  63 comments for “BC can make moves now but…

  1. mike
    October 16, 2012 at 1:16 am

    I hope BC goes for a minority hire and targets Willie Taggart at WKU. He isn’t the most lively guy on the sidelines from what I have seen but his team has played very discipline and looks well coached. The offense does a few nice things out of multiple formations, both pro style stuff with TE’s and H backs as well as zone read and spread sets that are popular at the CFB level. Also, their RB is leading their league in rushing(#25 in the nation) and their O line is comprised of some big bodies that not only gets the line surge BC has missed the past few years but also has nice lateral movement on fast flow zones/edge runs. Hopefully being young and from south of the un-athletic vacuum of football known as the northeast, he can bring in some speed on defense and on the edge on offense. He also spent two seasons at Stanford with Jim Harbaugh (coaching Toby Gerhart) so he knows what it is like to be around a big time high academic program.

  2. Paul
    October 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    “Stuff happens. No one at BC is making excuses because they are pointless.”

    Really? All I’ve heard since January of 2009 coming out of Spaz/Gene are excuses like injuries, youth, inexperience, etc. for the deterioriation of this football program — and you have dutifully reported it as Globe staffer and now an ornery blogger.

    Your objectivity has been undermined by your friendship with Spaz. You have no credibility.

  3. Bob Rooney
    October 15, 2012 at 10:07 am

    “Spaz is a good man who loves BC as much or more than any of his critics”

    So is my dad, but I wouldn’t want him coaching this team either.

    “Firing Spaziani right now would do what? Give BC a head start on finding a new coach?”

    Yes. Or if nothing else let BC see what they have in Doug Martin or McGovern.

    I liked Spaz. He probably should’ve gotten the job when they fired Jags. The players seemed to like him. But that has changed. It seems he has a hard time getting along with people now (Kevin Rogers). The game has passed him by. He doesn’t make adjustments.

    Letting Spaz coach the rest of the season doesn’t give BC the best chance to win a few more games. He’s had his chance and blown it. The fans know it, the players know it, the alums know it and the Sparkys with their blogs know it. You and GDF are the only ones who don’t seem to see it Mark. Sometime good people get stuck in bad situations. This is the case with Spaz and BC right now and a change couldn’t hurt.

  4. DSP
    October 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

    “A HEALTHY roster of players that Spaziani recruited is not that a bad a team.”

    This is a ridiculous statement. The roster has +/- 30 players on the team where at the time they verbally committed the player had zero offers or zero BCS offers. The team Spaz has recruited is not a D-1 team.

    And he is continuing to make it worse for the next coach. On Sept 25th, Spaz got a verbal from a guy that is not even in the Rivals database. Think about that. Rivals covers every kid with a hint of D-1 potential. This guy isn’t even on the site nor has he been evaluated. And of course we are his only college offer period. He is killing the program even as he gets thrown out the door.

  5. Keith
    October 15, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Let’s all hope for better and more fun days after spaz is gone. Not since the dark days of Dan henning has bc football been so bad and the backdrop so negative. Win or lose, coaches and players have quit on each other and the team. That’s on spaz and he isn’t showing any pride or love for bc by turtling up in the second half and stop trying, and burning a reshirt in the process is incongruous. The sooner we move on from this mess, the better

  6. October 15, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Jack Bicknell Jr.

  7. Matt J
    October 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    This is a poor article. You have been supporting Spaz even after his 4-8 season. Now it seems like you finally realized he’s a bad coach and yet you still want to cut him a break. What is your gripe against BC?

    Spaz is hurting player morale, the fans hate him, and he is unmotivated to succeed. At a minimum firing Spaz midseason sends a message that this is unacceptable. Without question BC should fire Spaz immediately.

  8. DCash
    October 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Two things:

    1) I agree with you that Spaz is a good man. He was a great Defensive Coordinator, an intrical part of the success of the 2000’s and in my opinion truly believes in what BC represents. I was one of the last to hope he can turn this thing around and it truly makes me sad to see his career at the Heights end the way it inevitably will.

    2) You’re right, Bill should get credentials and go to the games. Mostly because he (or any of the guy at BCI) would probably do a much better job than you ever did at covering the team. I bet you are a fun guy to have a beer with, but for a someone that claims to have inside connections your “articles” have always been much worse than the bloggers YOU are now throwing grenades at. Your Globe pieces lacked anything more than snippets from the post game presser that were available on bceagles.com hours before you got around to typing something up. Your blog is riddled with inaccuracies and typos that have given me a new found respect for your Globe editor. Your “insider knowledge” made you no better at guessing the new AD than any of the other blogs. Finally, your only angle at getting eyeballs on this site is by disparaging a fanbase that for years was dying for you to write something compelling/ original/ timely/ containing analysis/ resembling effort etc. Ultimately, like your friend, being nice is not excuse for not doing your job; at least Spaz used to be a good DC.

    • george
      October 15, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Great points. Well said.

      Well except one point. I would not equate the quality of writing at BCI (low) with ATL (high). Have you read the beer-soaked crap put out by BC Hysterical?? Embarrassing. Or the constant reference to boozing. More than embarrassing; pathetic. BCI is not a good example of a quality BC blog or of quality writing.

      • Mark
        October 15, 2012 at 11:34 am

        Fans are fun to deal with sometimes because they are fans. Lots of them have valid points. Some don’t.

        • The Nexus
          October 15, 2012 at 11:38 am

          Answer my question!

          Why has the leading WR completely disappeared and no reporter bothered to ask why

          • Mark
            October 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

            Good question. You are talking about Larmond right? Not the same kid footballl wise, personality wise after his injuries. Not sure if football means the same to him. Like hin a lot, but something has changed and no one can figure it out, including Spaz. Other receivers have passed him in practice and in games,

          • The Nexus
            October 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm

            Football wise?

            You do realize he lead the team in receiving yards last year right?

        • jeffrey maciejowski
          October 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm

          Nice to read that many BC football fans still care and have a pulse…..if the new AD can hire the right coach….improve marketing…….hopefully this will lead to more ticket sales and enthusiasm at Alumni Stadium next year……

          • Mark
            October 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm

            It will take a lot of work. But Bates seems ready to take things on quickly. Hope he can make things better

      • Eagle09
        October 15, 2012 at 11:53 am

        I actually think that BCI has some very high quality writers, Brian Favat in particular. It is also the most comprehensive BC sports blog around. It also attention and thorough analysis not only to football and basketball, but also hockey, baseball, and many of our Olympic sports. I’m constantly amazed by the sheer volume of articles posted on the site, many of them original analyses. I feel lucky to have discovered it considering the Globe writes very surface level (as well as few and far between) articles related to BC.

        • george
          October 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

          Agree it has volume. But not quality (picture contest, beer reviews…lot of trashy stuff).

          Agree that is has broad coverage of many sports. But no depth.If you want some depth try ATL or EO.

          Do you like the insane comments to by a certain person?

          BCI get paid by SBNation for volume. For eyeball. Its a site for the benfit of its owners.

          I think the best site for BC sports news is EO. In fact, I am pretty sure that 50% of the news on BCI first appeared on EO.

          • Eagle09
            October 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

            I have no problem with the weekly COPCO/picture contest. I don’t personally participate in it by I see no real issue with it. I don’t recall beer reviews honestly…I know they talk mention what alcohol to drink if BC is losing. Is that what you’re referring to?

            I do think the quality is pretty good, but to each his own. Though I do know who you’re talking about with insane comments! I just skip those.

            I used to read ATL more. But I do want more volume, especially coverage of hockey, which ATL readily admits he doesn’t mention enough. I should check out EO.

          • Mark
            October 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm

            You make good points.

  9. Eagle on the Riviera
    October 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    No one is calling for the entire staff to go tomorrow, that is 100% unrealistic, what I said last week was to whack Spaz ‘the fish rots from the head’ and have someone with no HC desires yet has HC experience take over as interim, we have one of those guys on the football staff, Gallup. I’d rather Barry be the place holder then Martin in the tiny hope that a ‘Morgan Magic’ situation arose..only two guys I’d even think of holding over would be Martin and Al Washington but thats Nov 26th not Oct 15

    Whacking Spaz would energize the shrinking fan base, Blauds have you noticed they are selling or at least trying to sell, 3 packs for the last 3 games including ND. Look when you can’t sell out South Bend Community College, your ticket sales are screwed. and GDF laid that groundwork last year selling on Groupon for pennies on the dollar

    you say all remaining games are winable? really?

    GT runs Army’s offence only better then Army does
    MD only if Edsal ‘Spazs’ the game they lookd good vs UVa yesterday
    Wake maybe but Grobe usually has Spaz’s number
    ND please
    VT even his worst year Beemer could out coach Spaz
    NCS ToB could be coaching for his life

    I see 2 with a slight chance (MD & WF) every other one will be a beat down

  10. Jackie Noff
    October 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Spaz will be fired. His performance or lack there of can’t be defended. Heres looking forward to next year.

  11. CAG
    October 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Let me take this opportunity to point out that a blogger (who also posts on EagleOutsider) is calling out another blogger for lacking legitimacy when the first blogger I referred to just wrapped up a twitter dispute with a fake mascot. Also, let me point out the same blogger then makes all comments moderated so that he can weed out those in which he doesn’t want to see. Get some thicker skin.

    • Mark
      October 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Just having fun. You haven’t figured it out yet, have you?

      • CAG
        October 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

        No you’re not. And you don’t have the pulse of the program. A player has been suspended. Ask your boy Spaz.

      • The Nexus
        October 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

        Respond to me above, all of a sudden a leading SR WR disappears and no one in the media asks about it?

  12. Hugh G. Rection
    October 14, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I agree with Mr. Jass. This is laughable. Mark, I know you’re one of the good guys, but I think you are reaching a little bit. Also, I highly doubt any interaction you have with individuals on the team could be qualified as meaningful. Regardless, love A Jersey Guy! Keep up the good work!

    • Mark
      October 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Does anyone read what is written. All I said was that let the next month play itself out. Did I not say that barring a miracle changes would take place? Guess not. Reaching?

      • Hugh G. Rection
        October 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm

        Fair enough blauds. Thanks for the response! Keep up the good work!

  13. Hugh Jass
    October 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I love you blauds. Seriously. Love, Sparky.

  14. Jack Black
    October 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm


    This made me want to puke, Mark.

    Let me run down things as I see them.

    1. You can keep pretending all you want that this team CAN win all the games on the schedule. Sure and monkey can fly out of my butt. Maybe 1 WTF win. I’m betting on 1-11. They will not even sniff 4 wins. “Let it play out”.. it’s going to play out unless they cut the program right now. I just want it to play out with someone else coaching.

    2. If injuries are the only thing keeping this team from being great, then everyone would clearly not blame Spaz right? And yet everyone does. Why? The bottom line is while injuries have hurt, everyone has them and can deal with them, and he hasn’t recruited any depth. I’m not even sure many of these starters from Day 1 that didn’t get hurt are very good.

    3. Are you really asking a blogger to get himself a media credential? Seriously as someone who was once a “journalist” at a real paper I’m surprised you’d take this position.

    Now, you can keep putting your head in the sand if you’d like, but I am in the camp that we need to get rid of Spaz now. You’re not a BC alum. I am. This man is embarrassing to my alma mater. Plain and simple. I don’t want him representing my school anymore. Fair enough? At the end of the day that’s where I’m at on this topic.

    • Mark
      October 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      Again, the only thing I said was for everyone to just wait a few more weeks. Do people really think that a change in coaches is going to bring a new roster of players to BC to finish the season? Amazing.

      • Jack Black
        October 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm

        No but I won’t have Spaz embarrassing my school anymore. And that’s pretty much why I want this change right now. Didn’t you read my initial post?

  15. Clx
    October 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I would rather Spaz finish the season than be fired now.

    I am tired of the injury excuse. Injuries happen in football it’s why you recruit a full class each year. spaz has not managed his roster well at all. Also there have been rumors that his coaches have disagreed with him over the amount of cont.act during practices. Spaz’s teams seem to have experienced unusually high numbers of injuries perhaps those rumors are true.

    I’ve gotten to the point of just wanting to get the season over with so the program can move on.

    • Mark
      October 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      good point

  16. Derek
    October 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Learn how to form complete sentences.

    • Mark
      October 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      OK. Take a hike.

  17. George
    October 14, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Oh so Mark. Oh so off the Mark.

    Nobody is advocating firing Spaz and the entire staff

    Just Your buddy Spaz should be dismissed. Martin should be promoted to interim HC. Simple as that.

    Why fire Spaz? future for recruiting and current players is better without Spaz then with him. Also will energize long-suffering fan a base. Simple as that.

    Funny, u mention the press credential. Why do you still have one? You are a blogger. I think you know that GDF and the stooges in BC sports info long refused to give the day-to-day BC bloggers press creds. For example, any bloggers other than u on your 3pm with Spaz? Why no press creds for bloggers other than you? because BC grads would not be as easily controlled as a guy like you. Simple as that.

    Last, don’t dare compare yourself to ATL – he knows more about BC football than you, writes more than u and writes far better than you. Plus people like him.

    • Mark
      October 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      thanks for reading

      • George
        October 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm


        • Mark
          October 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm


  18. jeffrey maciejowski
    October 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Mark, hopefully in the next few weeks you can provide us info on Bates’ football contacts. What type of coach he will hire……who will he ask for advice…..names you think will be on the list.

    • Mark
      October 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      I have a few ideas

      • George
        October 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm

        No you don’t

    • George
      October 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Good joke! Blauds has no idea. He can read EO and ATL and BCI and STG and EA and copy ideas. Ha!

  19. Pete
    October 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    You forgot to mention that ATL lives in his mothers basement. Damn bloggers!!!

  20. bceagle1987
    October 14, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    You’re confusing your old man print journalism criticisms of internet age commentaries. Atleagle is not anonymous, a point of which you appear to be aware since you use his name in your piece. His viewpoint does not lack credibility because he has not confronted Spaziani with it, rather when you tout your friendship with your subject you advertise that you are the one who has compromised your integrity.

    Plus who would want to confront the guy who allegedly popped his old coordinator in the grill.

    • Mark
      October 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      thanksfor reading

  21. BenLaGuer
    October 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    “But THAT team has never played a full game at BC because of injuries, suspensions and other issues.”

    Have there been suspensions this season?

    • Mark
      October 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm


      • The Nexus
        October 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm

        Where’s Larmond?

        • Mark
          October 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

          good question. He has issues

          • The Nexus
            October 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm

            So all of a sudden our #1 WR from last year disappears from the depth chart for some true FR & a SR who has never played and no reporter bothers to ask why?

          • Bob Rooney
            October 15, 2012 at 10:09 am

            What are those issues? Seems more players “have issues” the last couple years with Spaz in charge than in previous years.

  22. RC
    October 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Please, PLEASE stop using the “injuries, suspensions, etc” excuse when trying to validate BC’s losses and Spaz’s recruiting. You really don’t think EVERY other school in the country has had to deal with suspensions and injuries? It’s football, these things happen. Our stable is so bare that a couple D-lineman being injured translates to a previously winless ARMY team having a career rushing day on us. Your excuses (which are the same as your loverboy sitting plush in the Yawkey Center) are PITIFUL.

  23. TheMan
    October 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    BC’s motto is ever to excel. This man gets paid $1 million a year to do so, but he has failed at every measure. Yes, fire Spaz now.

  24. October 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Fire Spaz and let everyone know that athletics are important to you.. That status quo isn’t enough. Show that real change is here. Set expectations, and then measure them..

    I know you wrote this to get a rise, and you probably get one. But telling EIA ( who I don’t always agree with) to get creds and cover a game? You act like thats an impossible task. It’s not, and it’s been done before..
    You aren’t the only one with ” connections”

    I’m glad you are covering BC again , but blindly supporting Spaz isn’t going to win any votes.
    I truly believe Spaz is a good person and cares, but he’s not the right person for the job.. He was more like Big Lots when you are dreaming of Macy’s… Bargain Basement

  25. Joe Crum
    October 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    It’s a Battle of the Blaugs! “Bluto Tastes Great” (Blaus) vs “Spaz is Less Filling” (Maloney).

  26. FS33
    October 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    “Stuff happens No one at BC is making excuses because they are pointless.”

    What planet do you live on? All Spaz has done is make excuses.

  27. The Nexus
    October 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    “Spaz is a good man who loves BC as much or more than any of his critics”

    That’s comical.

    If he loved it so much he would step down and save the school millions of dollars and embarrassment every Saturday.

    If he loved the school, he wouldn’t have defamed a great kid on his way out after he was his meal ticket to a multimillion extension.

    If he loved the school he wouldn’t staple kids to the bench because of personal vendettas, Claiborne, Larmond, etc.

    There isn’t one argument that he should keep his job. What you wouldn’t want to ruin the stability of a program that can’t beat a D1 program and allows 600 yards per week?


  28. Nick
    October 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I can’t help but laugh at this stupid line: “Maybe that is done at places where football is more important than going to school or playing by the rules.”

    Cause these same kids wouldn’t go to class or would go out and get arrested solely because Spaz is fired?

    One of the dumbest things I have ever read on the internet.

  29. DGF
    October 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    “Really. I talk to players on that team.”

    Why would the players give a long-time friend of Spaz their true feelings on the man? They are the ones we want Spaz fired for, not the fans. They are not being put in position to be successful.

    • The Nexus
      October 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      The worst kept secret on campus (besides him punching Rogers) is that the player absolutely despise Spaz.

      That’s why he was told to not give any pregame speeches last year. They all know he’s a lame duck.

  30. Nick
    October 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Wow. Let me guess, we should be gentle because he is your “friend?”

    You are clueless.

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