Boston College at NC State: 1 Big Thanksgiving Question


Michael Ivins-US PRESSWIRE

Sure, we could ask five big questions this week, but it’s Thanksgiving, and nobody is going to read this, anyway. Besides, an extremely forgettable season will be over in two days and we’ll be focusing our efforts on clean-up and recovery. Matchups and the like don’t really matter anymore, especially because the fates of both teams have already been decided, and likewise the fates of both coaches are clear (well, one clearer than the other).

While your mom, dad, grandmother, or perhaps you prepare the Thanksgiving meal, ponder this one question of relevance:

1. Where will the Boston College football program be at this point next season?

This, I think, is far more important than trying to figure out if BC or NC State has the edge on Saturday. All that really matters now is next year and the years that will come after it. When 2013’s season comes to a close with a new head coach, will we be able to say that this program made real progress?

If the answer is yes, even if BC doesn’t have a winning season, then we are heading in the right direction. If the answer is no, it is probably because Frank Spaziani is still here, though there could be other explanations for it.

As Boston College heads to Raleigh to end its season, we’re taking stock of something very grim that needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. By this point in 2013, it is my hope that the foundation will be put in place for a return to respectability. It will require much hard work, but it can be done. With any luck, by the next time BC runs into NC State, whenever that is, we’ll all feel much better about this program’s direction.

Happy Thanksgiving.