ACC Football: Frank Spaziani versus Wikipedia and The Good, The Bad, The Ugly from Week 10
ACC Football: Frank Spaziani get a Wikipedia Update and The Good, The Bad, The Ugly from Week 10
So where you want to start ACC Football fans?
The Middle School Uniforms that made the North Carolina State Wolfpack play like a bunch of pre-pubescent teens?
The linebacker playing QB and the return of the Maryland Flag Uniforms for the Maryland Terrapins.
The young Miami Hurricanes taking control back of the ACC Coastal Division?
All very worthy topics that will be addressed…
In 1997, Spaziani left the Calgary Stampeders for a position as running backs coach for the Boston College Eagles. Coached by Spaziani, Boston College's Mike Cloud was a consensus first-team All-America selection and a finalist for the 1998 Doak Walker Award. Cloud also set a Big East and school single-season rushing record with 1,726 yards in 1998.
In 1999, he replaced Tim Rose as defensive coordinator, becoming BC's seventh defensive coordinator in the 1990s.
In 2001, the Boston College defense ranked 12th nationally in passing defense, 10th in pass efficiency defense, 19th in scoring defense and 25th in total defense. In 2002, the BC defense ranked 13th nationally in passing defense, 25th in pass efficiency defense, 23rd in scoring defense and 37th in total defense. In 2003, the BC defense ranked second in the Big East in total defense and second in rushing defense. In 2004, Boston College's rush defense ranked first in the Big East. The Eagles ranked second in the Big East and 31st in the country in total defense and first in the Big East and 12th in the country in scoring defense. Mathias Kiwanuka was the 2004 Big East Defensive Player of the Year.
He has been named interim head coach for Boston College twice. In December 2006, after the departure of Tom O'Brien, he coached Boston College to a win versus Navy on December 30, 2006 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl; however, Jeff Jagodzinski was hired as the permanent head coach. He was also named interim coach after Jagodzinski was fired on January 7, 2009 for interviewing for the open head coaching position with the New York Jets. On January 13, 2009, Spaziani was officially hired as the Eagles' permanent head coach.
Spaziani is a well-known user of unconventional motivational tactics, such as publicly throwing his players under the bus in media interviews and kicking players off the team for no reason. Among those who have been removed from the team under mysterious circumstances under Spaziani are ACC all-time leading rusher Montel Harris, who signed on with Temple for the 2012 season; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Dominique Davis, who excelled at East Carolina University after being kicked off the team as one of Spaziani's first official acts as BC coach; and Marshall starting defensive backs Dominick LeGrande and Okechukwu Okoroha.
Spaziani is also well-known for having punched then-BC offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers in the face in the BC locker room during halftime of a loss at nationally-known football power Central Florida on September 10, 2011. Spaziani and DeFillippo subsequently paid Rogers (who would become the quarterbacks coach at Temple the following season) off to "retire for medical reasons" and the Dago Duo's allies in the media, led by famed Spaziani ballwasher Mark Blaudschun, were happily complicit in covering the incident up.
As of October 26, 2012, BC fans expected Spaziani to begin showing up for home games wearing a dirty wife beater, possibly a tribute to his mentor O'Brien who would frequently coach games wearing an old pair of jorts.
You have to love Wikipedia!
But of course that is totally fabricated…
It says nothing about the, “Hey Magnum,” shouts Spaziani constantly gets…
(cue the Magnum P.I. Theme Music)
So besides this pure gold in the wrap up to Spaziani’s career at BC, let us jump into The Good, The Bad, The Ugly from Week 10 in ACC Football.
The Good from ACC Football Week 10
The 13th-ranked Clemson Tigers are just simply clicking on all cylinders at the right time of the season after they put up 718 total yard in a 56-20 thumping of the Duke Blue Devils. Yes… 718 total yards… 339 rushing and 379 passing… Just scary good.
The Miami Hurricanes had 9 fewer first downs and 74 fewer yards but still crushed the Virginia Tech Hokies, 30-12. How did the youthful Hurricanes pull off such a feat? Miami was 6-for-6 in the red zone; 3-3 on touchdowns and 3-3 on field goals. Capitalize on your opportunities every time you get it. Great job Miami.
The most important player to his team in the ACC seems to be Michael Campanaro. Without him, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons couldn’t do much offensively. With him you get a 16 catch, 123 yard, three touchdown game to carry the team to a 28-14 victory over the Boston College Eagles. Campanaro is just a great player that makes an average team good.
The Bad from ACC Football Week 10
What is the issue with QB Logan Thomas and the Virginia Tech Hokies? The Hokies looked more like the Virginia Cavaliers in the 30-12 loss to the Miami Hurricanes. It is obvious Thomas is pressing trying to do too much, but can you blame him? Something needs to change if Virginia Tech wants to salvage this season. Just bad.
So the Virginia Cavaliers won convincingly against the North Carolina State Wolfpack, 33-6, but that does not save them from the bad list. It is simply pathetic the Cavaliers have played as pathetic as they have to start the season and now look poised to make a push to become Bowl Eligible. Virginia did this last year and it is deadly to the ACC to have the Cavaliers now put the pieces together and try and win out. A win streak to end the season could simply bury the BCS hopes of the conference.
The Duke Blue Devils just ran the gauntlet in the ACC capped off by the 56-20 thumping the 13th-ranked Clemson Tigers handed out Saturday. The Blue Devils looked tired and slow mainly because its past four games were the Virginia Tech Hokies, North Carolina Tar Heels, 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles and the Tigers. Just a bad 1-3 stretch for a team that was leading the Coastal Division and will need to win out against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Miami Hurricanes. Bad for a Bowl Eligible team.
The Ugly from ACC Football Action Week 10
Let’s not get into this one too much but if you are an fan of the North Carolina State Wolfpack how can you live with yourself and your team right now. You beat the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles but you can’t even come up with a TD in a 33-6 loss at home to the Virginia Cavaliers. So ugly it will cost Head Coach Tom O’Brien his job. The only thing uglier were those Recreation League the Wolfpack wore. Raleigh, North Carolina, just wants to forget last Saturday happened.
The Maryland Terrapins are doing the best they can with a linebacker as their QB, but do they have to break out the Maryland Flag uniforms for their beat down to the lowly Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets . To make matters worse in College Park, Maryland, the Terps lost its best defensive player, Demetrius Hartsfield to, yep… you guessed it, a torn ACL. Maryland just needs to pack up the wagon and get ready for 2013.
Ring the bell folks… the Boston College Eagles and Head Coach Frank Spaziani are toast. The Eagles have simply gotten worse each week and as eluded to in the open have earned the badge of mockery from the brains that are Wikipedia. With only a few weeks remaining n the ACC look for Spaziani to be the first to go to try and clean up the ugly that is BC.
The BCS Rankings and the ACC
Do you think you are ready for this…
FSU lost ground to the Louisville Cardinals of the Big East and Clemson couldn’t get enough points on the board to move anywhere.
The truly sad thing for the ACC is that it cannot get any other team going enough to even get close to push the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Northwestern Wildcats or the Toledo Mudhens…
Oh yeah, the Mudhens are the Minor League Baseball Team...
The Toledo Rockets…
Everyone behind FSU and Clemson in the ACC, I hope you are proud of what you have created…------------------------------------------
M Shannon Smallwood has over 10 years of experience in broadcasting and journalism in professional baseball and college athletics and is the ACC Football Guru, SEC Voice of Reason and College Football Comedian for Rant Sports.
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