Boston College athletic director Brad Bates has tweeted that he is spending this week gathering information from people at the college and professional football level about finding a replacement for football coach Frank Spaziani who was fired on Sunday.
Bates also made it clear that this very well could be the most important hiring during his tenure at BC. With that as a mandate, sources at BC say that Bates is willing to up the ante to get his next football coach.
Bates also sent an email to all BC donors and friends of the program, explaining his mission in finding a new coach.
It read as follows:
As a valued stakeholder in our football program, I wanted you to be among the first to know that Frank Spaziani and I met today. Coach Spaziani will not remain as our football coach, effective immediately. Coach Spaz and I have met with the team and we will issue a press release shortly.
It is with deep gratitude that we recognize the many wonderful contributions Coach Spaziani has made to Boston College during his 16 years in Chestnut Hill. He and his staff have devoted countless hours to our institution and our student-athletes. We thank them and wish them well.
Please know that I understand how important a successful football program is to you and our entire University community. We will begin a search for a new head football coach immediately. We will be seeking a leader whose vision of our football program mirrors the mission of our University, whose first priority is the development of our student-athletes and whose goal is to return our program to national prominence, tenaciously pursing the mantra “Ever to Excel.”
I know how much you treasure the rich tradition and heritage of our football program, and I promise we will do our very best to find the right person to be your football coach. Thank you for your loyalty and continued support through this period.
Director of Athletics
Spaziani was one of the lowest paid coaches in the ACC, earning slightly more than $1.1 million per year. But Bates reportedly has been authorized to pay as much as $2 million a year, which might be enough to entice Miami coach Al Golden–one of BC’s initial targets–away from the Hurricanes if Golden feels that the upcoming NCAA sanctions will cripple his efforts to rebuild Miami into a national championship contending program.
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