This off-season has been a rocky, and often interesting, one for the Boston College Eagles football fans.
The talent lost on the defensive end with Busari "BJ" Raji, and Ron Brace both making the leap to the NFL, as well as last seasons starting QB, Chris Crane, joining the dark side and signing with the Indianapolis Colts is going to be tough for the Eagles to deal with. Combined with what is expected to be a season ending injury to senior linebacker Mike McLaughlin, the loss of talent for the Eagles will be evident coming into the 2009-2010 college season.
However the loss of talent is just a small piece of what has made this off season so interesting for the Eagles.
On January 7, 2009, it was announced that Boston College would fire head coach Jeff Jagodzinski shortly after it was found out that he had in turn broken the terms of his contract by interviewing for the then-vacant New York Jets head coaching position. After just two seasons with the Eagles, and a 20-8 record, coach "Jags" was gone.
But it didn't end there.
Following the firing of Coach Jagodzinski, former Eagles head coach (1981-1990), and then Offensive Line coach and assistant head coach, Jack Bicknell, quickly jumped ship. Offensive Coordinator Steve Logan resigned, opening up the job for former Navy Head Coach, Gary Tranquill to take over the position. However with all the coaching changes aside, one constant remained, Boston College defensive coordinator, Frank "The Mad Scientist" Spaziani.
Staying true to the Eagles, after 11 years with the school's football program, starting as the teams Running Back Coach, then being promoted in 1999 to Defensive Coordinator, Spaziani, on January 13, 2009 was announced as the new Eagles head coach. After 11 years with the Eagles, and 6 seasons coaching in the CFL before that, Spaziani's commitment to the game of football has finally paid off.
Spaziani made his presence known almost immediately with the hiring of new offensive line coach Sean Devine, as well as bringing in former Kansas State offensive assistant, and 20 year coaching veteran. Dave Brock, as the teams new Tight Ends coach. In fact with the exception of linebackers coach Bill McGovern, who has spent nine seasons with the Eagles, the entire coaching staff has been revamped over at Chestnut Hill.
Now that Spaziani has hired his staff, his first recruiting period is well underway, and the 2010 class is looking bright for Eagles fans, with early verbal commitments from four star QB, Joe Boisture, four Star Offensive Tackle, Seth Betancourt, as well as yet another four star recruit, Kevin Pierre-Louis, all of which are rated within the top 150 on both Scouts Inc. & ESPN recruiting databases.
Taking into account the fact that Jeff Jagodzinski failed to recruit a single top 150 player in his two years with the Eagles, it certainly seems as though Frank Spaziani is well on his way to continuing to cement himself as the staple of Boston College Football.
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