Will New AD Fire Boston College Coach?

By Ryan McCart

On Tuesday Boston College announced that Brad Bates would be the new athletic director, replacing Gene DeFilippo. So of course many of the questions for Bates are about the Eagles football program, particularly the job security of head coach Frank Spaziani.

Spaziani’s tenure with BC has had its up and downs. He came to the program as an assistant in 1997 and was named the head coach in 2009. Since taking the helm the program has been the epitome of mediocre, going 20-23 in that span. The Eagles had a 4-8 record last year and appear to be headed in the same direction this year with a 1-4 record through their first five games.

Boston College’s poor record in the past three-plus years has led many to believe that the head coach is on the hot seat and may be let go in the fairly near future. However, Bates did his best to temper those conversations.

Bates made it clear that Spaziani’s job is safe for now, and it will be assessed at the end of the year.

This entire situation is a perfect example of how much college football has changed. It used to be that a head coach would have at least four years to have success and some were given even more time, but the Eagle’s head coach has been on the hot seat for the past couple of years.

The entire state of college football now is about immediate gratification. New coaches are expected to win as soon as they walk in the door, but it rarely works out that way. It takes time to build a program, but it appears that time isn’t on coach Spaziani’s side.

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