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Spaziani the latest coaching gallows victim

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As expected, the coaching carnage continues on what’s traditionally a biblical day of rest, with a second ACC school becoming the latest to send its head coach up the hill to the football equivalent of Golgotha.

Boston College announced Sunday that Frank Spaziani “will not return as football coach of the Eagles.”  The decision is both effective immediately and expected coming off a 2-10 season, .

“A personnel decision of this magnitude affects many people and is never taken lightly, but I felt a change was necessary,” BC athletic director Brad Bates said in a statement.

Bates’ move officially ends Spaziani’s 16-year run at the school.

Following stints at Navy, Virginia and in the CFL, Spaziani was hired as BC’s running backs coach in 1997.  He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1999, where he spent the next 10 seasons before being named BC’s head coach in January of 2009.  Spaziani was elevated to that position a week after then-head coach Jeff Jagodzinski was fired for interviewing for the same position with the New York Jets.

In his four years at BC, Spaziani was 22-29 overall — 1-0 as interim head coach in 2006 — and 13-19 in ACC play.  After winning eight games in his first season, the Eagles had regressed each season, posting seven, four and two wins the past three years.

“Obviously this is a sad day for my family and me,” Spaziani said in a statement released through the school. “Boston College has been my home for more than 16 years, and I have been fortunate to work with some amazing student-athletes. I will always treasure my relationships with them and the BC staff.  Boston College is a tremendous place, and I am extremely thankful for my time there. I wish the current and future Eagles nothing but the best.”

Spaziani becomes the 11th FBS coach to “part ways” with his program in the past two months.  Based on the last spinning of the coaching carousel — there were 27 coaching changes in 2011-12 — he won’t be the last.

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9 Responses to “Spaziani the latest coaching gallows victim”
  1. thegamecocker says: Nov 25, 2012 7:14 PM

    Bring Jagodzinski back since he was erroneously fired by the biggest asshole of an AD Gene Difilippo! That moron moved BC to the ACC ruining one of the best college sports programs in that university’s history. Talk about an empty suit, that is exactly what Defilippo exemplified. And I’m not even a BC fan! The move to the ACC ended up costing BC money and relationships! Finally BC came to its senses and fired mean Gene as he was known! But unfortunately, the damage was done! Coach Spaz is a nice guy but recruiting to BC where facilities are not what they should be is difficult. Not so when they were in the Big East. Thanks Gene….you flaming idiot!

  2. hooker777 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:21 PM

    BC do the right think and hire the New Hampy coach all he does is make the aa playoffs every year.(should have hired him last time)

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 25, 2012 9:23 PM

    John points out that “Following stints at Navy, Virginia and in the CFL, Spaziani was hired as BC’s running backs coach in 1997. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1999, where he spent the next 10 seasons before being named BC’s head coach in January of 2009.”
    This is a classic example of the Peter Principle.

  4. goirishgo says: Nov 25, 2012 9:51 PM

    The downward spiral of this program has really been tough to watch. Here’s hoping BC gets gets back on track soon.

  5. burntorangehorn says: Nov 25, 2012 9:59 PM

    Agree with thegamecocker. I know Jago interviewed despite the warning, but it was a stupid ultimatum by DeFilippo. I think BC would be a fairly formidable program right now if they’d worked it out for Jago to stay.

  6. jimbo75025 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:15 PM

    Whatever happened to Jagodzinski anyway? Haven’t heard his name mentioned in a while since the whole BC debacle.

  7. pastabelly says: Nov 26, 2012 5:20 AM

    Jagz was hired as offensive coordinator of an NFL team. He was fired early on in his first season when it was discovered he lacked the understanding to take on a job like that. He later coached in Europe.

  8. thegamecocker says: Nov 26, 2012 9:37 AM

    Do you happen to know what Jagodjinski is doing now?

  9. thegamecocker says: Nov 26, 2012 9:49 AM

    And here is the latest update on Coach Jags:

    Jeff Jagodzinski is coaching again. Jags will not be coaching in the NFL, UFL, AFL or even at the Division I level. According to a Jersey Guy, Jags has taken a new position as the wide receivers coach at NAIA Ave Maria University in Florida.

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Just four years removed from a second straight ACC Championship Game appearance, Jags has completely fallen off the face of the earth, taking a job as a position coach at a school no one has ever heard of. You have to wonder what Jags did that had his stock plummet so fast. Was it his infamous run in with Gene DeFilippo or his firing at Tampa Bay where he was canned for failing to learn his own playbook?

    Blaudschun clearly has an agenda in his post, describing Jagodzinski as a “questionable” coach at BC and claiming that he got on the coach’s “shit list.” No clue what Jags did to get on the Jersey Guy’s bad side, but this could explain why Blauds is so hesitant to write anything negative about Frank Spaziani. Spaz is a company guy, who completely buys into GDF, and hence gives Blauds whatever he wants. I’m guessing Jags probably called the reporter out on a few Globe articles.

    I always liked Jags. I thought he was a great coach — better than what we have now — and helped breathe life into the Eagles football program. Say what you will about interviewing with the Jets, but he was certainly better than “questionable” while at the Heights. Redemption stories always make great stories, so maybe Jags has to hit bottom before he can rebuild his name. Hopefully that projects starts for him at Ave Maria University.

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