BC ready to pay bigger bucks to get new fb coach

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.

Brad Bates
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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  2. rock.o
    November 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I can’t imagine that Whipple is a real candidate for this position.

    I am not sure if Gene had lower expectations, more limitations or what but the names being bandied about is far more impressive than the names in circulation when O’Brien and Jagodzinski were replaced. I fear that seeing the candiadtes being discussed on the internet will only make it that much more bitter a pill to swallow if BC follows the same template GDF used and hires a retread, tries to skimp on salary and loses out on great candidates, hires a past his prime career assistant or hires a guy who isn’t fully committed to being a COLLEGE coach.

    • Ben Dover
      November 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      He’s not

  3. MWA64
    November 28, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Real long shot but think they should consider the HC at San Jose State. He has done an amazing job in turning around that program in short order. They outplayed Standford at Stanford (losing 20-17) and are 10-2 on their way to a national ranking. He has some roots in the East.

    • Mark
      November 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      would be a long shot. I think bates will stick closer to mac coaches

  4. DC Eagle
    November 28, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Mark – First time posting here. I really appreciate your BC coverage. Given BC’s recent AD mismanagement, finding an excellent coach who will view BC as a step up won’t be easy. But BC is (used to be / can be again) a step up from the MAC or many Big East schools. It wasn’t that long ago that Matt Ryan was lighting it up at the Heights. So maybe a Hazell or Franklin. I also like Addazio at Temple. Also, the job could be a step up for a large number of OC’s and DC’s from just about anywhere who need to prove their HC credentials. So I am not as pessimistic as some about the possibility that BC can land someone very good for the job. But Bates absolutely has to get this next HC right because BC football is on the brink of long-term irrelevance. Thank God that Gene was so busy thoroughly destroying every other team that he didn’t have time to mess with York’s hockey team.

  5. jeffrey maciejowski
    November 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Whipple would be a another step backwards for the program…..

  6. MaroonNGold
    November 28, 2012 at 10:25 am

    That email is nothing more than the usual pap that comes from the BC press office.

    THE problem out there is its institutional arrogance.

    And THAT signal comes only from the top.

    Until the school takes a good look at itself, and reforms itself, nothing will change.

    They should look at the difficulty they had getting a new AD: no top shelf prospects wanted to come here. Why is that, do you think?

    Same will be true of the pool of HC applicants.

    If the Trustees do what they should, and make the essential change, we’ll be on the rebound.

    If not, the gullible fans will just keep on paying the exorbitant ticket prices, and continue to hope that we’ll be better – and then moan when those hopes are dashed, once again.

  7. Alex
    November 28, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Still waiting for Blauds to comment on his “NFL guys are sniffing around Bill O’Brien” comment. Absolutely no clarification no context, etc. Just a random comment he probably lifted off another blog comments section. Did Blauds go to a J-school?

  8. Rick B
    November 28, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Mark – how exactly does it work trying to interview/hire the NFL assistants, namely Roman from the 49ers? I assume they ask the team for permission and so forth. If they can agree, does he finish the season with the 49ers and then assumes the HC position at BC or would he start immediately?

  9. Jamie
    November 28, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Come on Mark, there is NO chance BC gets Golden. Not only will Tenn and Auburn pay way more than BC, they don’t have the academic restrictions, crap facilities, programs defecting, and a blasé fan base.

    Why not ask for Urban Meyer while we’re at it?

    The logical choice is Darrell Hazell. A Jersey Guy with recruiting acumen in Ohio. Sign him up.

    • Mark
      November 28, 2012 at 8:18 am

      You are right. but they had to ask and it might be someone like hazell, although he might be in purdue’s sights

      • Jamie
        November 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

        It is imperative that BC’s next coach is a long-term solution who will develop a strong program, graduate players, and get us winning again. I think it comes down to 4 choices:

        1. Darrell Hazell – Jersey, Ohio, good head coaching record, black, good communicator. At age 47 he might think of BC as a stepping stone for 1 more move if he does well.

        2. Mark Whipple – NFL experience, good college head coaching record, Northeast ties, recuited at Ivy league schools, OLine, and is the perfect age (55) to make BC his home until he retires. He would be thinking proper long-term goals rather than short-term burn and leave.

        3. Jack Bicknell Jr – his college head coaching record is bad, but the NFL experience is good. The name helps and may indicate he’ll stick around for the long-term. But his teams regressed and that probably means he can’t recruit.

        4. Wild Card: Kevin Gillbride. OC of the Giants that have the Mara and Coughlin favoritism for BC. The Wild Card is that his son is a coach on the Giants staff as well, so it would be a package deal and it would allow Kevin to take on the head-coaching gig and he could give his son the OC position. Recruiting is an unknown.

        Frankly, I think the choice comes down to the top 2, and the more I look at it, the more Whipple stands out.

        • Ben Dover
          November 28, 2012 at 11:23 am

          Are you Lively?

          But 2-4 will never happen for many reasons.

  10. Dennis
    November 28, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Al Golden….he is the choice. BB and Padre Leahy should tell Donna Shalala that we are going to hire AG and take over his contract terms from Miami…and she should be happy about it. If they grab him, suddenly this program is back on the upswing. Let’s get it done!

  11. SectionT
    November 27, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Mark – are you still invited to Hingham for the holidays or has that train left the station? Just asking.

    • Mark
      November 28, 2012 at 12:01 am

      You are an idiot. take your meds and go back to your room. You don’t care about bc or anything connected with it.You probably cheer during fires when people die. Train left the station. It left well before anyone handed you brains.

  12. jeffrey maciejowski
    November 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Send a Brink’s Truck now to Miami to bring Golden to BC……I’d be happy to drive it and Mark you can come along for the ride. Hiring Golden would excite the fan base and increase season ticket sales.

  13. JRL
    November 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Invest in a proofreader

  14. Joe Crum
    November 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    The incompetent boob that was just fired should not be given anything in a buyout for breach of contract – he was paid to coach and recruit which he did neither. And the egomaniacal fool who “retired” that extended said boob’s contract should be sued for stupidity and arrogance if possible. These two dopes ruined BC football.

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