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Frank Spaziani will finally get his chance to be a head coach as he will be named the replacement for Jeff Jagodzinski who was fired last week by Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo over an apparent different perception of commitment to the program. Jagodzinski accepted an interview for the Jets head coach vacancy and DeFilippo leveled and followed through with an ultimatum that he would be fired if he followed through with it.
BC interviewed a number of internal and external candidates including Offensive Coordinator Steve Logan, Assistant Head Coach Jack Bicknell, Jr., East Carolina Head Coach Skip Holtz, and Richmond Head Coach Mike London, who previously worked on the BC staff.
Spaziani has been associated with the BC program for 12 years, through the Tom O’Brien and Jagodzinski administrations. He worked the first two seasons as running backs coach and spent the last ten as Defensive Coordinator. His defenses have been recently ranked near the top of the nation in turnovers, interceptions, yards against and is regarded as a hard-hitting, aggressive unit.
Under his watch, BC has seen impact players including Chris Hovan, Mathias Kiwanuka, Jamie Silva, and Mark Herzlich come through the program. Coach could always be spotted wearing a towel over his left shoulder, no word if that tradition will continue.
Spaziani seems like a logical choice with DeFilippo’s want for a stable regime, not only since he has been with the program for a dozen years, but because he stayed on the staff because he did not want to leave the area, where his family is now settled. Also, rumors surfaced that Spaziani would have left the program had he been passed over again, which would have wrought even more instability to the Eagles.
An internal promotion also seems to make sense here as the existing coaching staff seems to have gotten more out of the players than most would have. The Eagles won their second consecutive division title with what appeared to be far less talent, specifically at the quarterback position. They lost Matt Ryan to the Atlanta Falcons and replaced him with two guys who had virtually no college experience under their belts in Chris Crane and Dominque Davis. They had been picked in the lower half of their division by most. Working with the university for a dozen years certainly would mean he knows the recruiting inroads as well.
Spaziani has a 1-0 career mark has head coach, when he won the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl (defeating Navy) as the Interim Head Coach after O’Brien announced his departure. Prior to joining BC, he served as Defensive Coordinator for the CFL’s Calgary Stamperders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, winning the Grey Cup three times in six combined years. Prior to that, he was Virginia’s Defensive Backs Coach and then their Defensive Coordinator, Navy’s Defensive Backs Coach and earlier Tight Ends and Offensive Tackles Coach, and a Graduate Assistant with Penn State.