Responding to the Last Frank Spaziani Apologist

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July 23, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; Head coach Frank Spaziani of the Boston College Eagles football team talks to reporters during the ACC media day at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro NC. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

So our favorite former Boston Globe sportswriter Mark Blaudschun wrote a great article on how former Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani was wrongly maligned, like Galileo, for subpar recruiting. And you know a Jersey Guy, from the same crop as Bruce Springsteen, Sinatra and Sammi Sweetheart, when he’s got a story, he’s on it like gum on a shoe. If had that much gum on my shoe like a Jersey Guy, I’d be tripping all over myself.

 

BC Seniors Are Having Their Moments

Published November 4th, 2013

Four years ago they were the Boston College foundation of the future. Fifteen players recruited by Frank Spaziani and his staff who

First the “who” is adequately corrected to “that” by SpellCheck. And by the way the 2010 class consisted of 21 commits. That is unless you are referring to 2009(redshirts, yadda, yadda which had 18).

 

…were ear marked as the keepers of the post season flame which had lasted a decade under previous BC coaches such as Tom O’Brien and Jeff Jagodzinski.

Wow, Blauds didn’t take a shot at any of Jags’ recruits. Baby steps. I really thought a Jersey Guy could handle that sort of stuff with attitude.


The foundation never set quite right. An 8-5 season, turned into a 7-6 season, which turned into 4-8 and then finally, 2-10.

Hey don’t contractors throw their workers under the bus all the time without the foundation getting wrecked? What’s their secret!?!?!


Spaziani was fired for misdeeds both real and perceived.

Is this going to be a trip like Inception. If so, I already think I have the munchies.

 

One of the criticisms which was often heard was that the program was heading south, recruiting was off, way off.

247 recruiting rankings: 2009-65th 2010-43rd 2011- 41st 2012- 71st 2013- 87th


Going into the 9th game of their final season, the seniors at BC will disagree with that statement. And it’s not just idle chatter.

Well, they were the ones recruited. If someone who along with the skinsuits in their basement has a power ranking of the Boston College bloggers and has me on the bottom, I obviously wouldn’t agree with them in public(Well, I kinda do).


Oh, the Eagles’ 4-4 record seems average at best and a guaranteed bowl slot is still two victories, no sure thing considering that the Eagles finish their regular season with 3 road games (out of four) and considering that the Eagles are on a 9 game road losing streak, dating back to November of 2010 when they won at Miami.

First of all that was November of 2011 and six of those losses were under Spaziani, the other three under Addazio were against two quality opponents (#3 Clemson and USC) and a fluke loss to UNC. And I really don’t think the Eagles are going to lose to the vaunted 1-8 New Mexico State Aggies in their place under the leader and advisory of former BC OC Doug Martin and Spaz, respectively.


But in terms of individual talent and achievement, consider these names and numbers from the Class of 2014.
Running back Andre Williams–The ACC’s leading rusher is within 550 yards of becoming BC’s all time leading rusher for a single season.

I wonder why he doesn’t have a legitimate backup this year, oh wait….


Wide Receiver Alex Amidon–Amidon already holds the BC single season record for receptions (78) and is within 48 yards of becoming BC’s career leader in reception yardage and is 18 receptions away from becoming the Eagles’ all time leader in receptions as well.

Okay sure Blauds you might have a point there you wily fox but while Spaz recruited one every-down receiver under his system, the lack of depth behind him at the position has been astounding.


Kicker Nate Freese–Freese is the BC career leader in field goals and is 16 points away from becoming BCs all time leading scorer.

Ok, you got me again. Spaz had quite an eye for kickers. Gerald Levano was such a prime punter last year.


So one recruiting class produced BC’s could produce BC’s all time leading rusher in a season, the school’s all time leading receiver and it’s all time leading scorer.
And that also doesn’t include players such as linebackers Kevin Pierre-Louis and Steele Divitto, who made key plays in Saturday’s 34-27 win over Virginia Tech which evened BC’s record at 4-4. It doesn’t include the inspired play of defensive lineman Kasim Edebali or cornerback Manny Asprilla or QB Chase Rettig, all who played key roles in the win over Tech and are the lynch pins for the next five games.

Didn’t you hear rumblings that Chase Rettig was going to be replaced by Josh Bordner(another Class of 2010 piece), and now he’s a “lynch pin”? Keep your story straight. Tony Soprano would’ve smacked you across the face by now you Jersey Guy.


“They have all done a great job,”’ said first year BC coach Steve Addazio, who was hired to fix what became broken in the last two years under Spaziani.

I <3 Addazio.


Williams and Amidon are having career-type years this season and the senior leadership that was missing the last few years has re-emerged as the Eagles make their quest to end a two-year bowl drought.

I’m pretty sure Nick Clancy and Emmett Cleary were good senior leaders.

 

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