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Monday, December 20, 2010
Frank Spaziani gets contract extension

By Heather Dinich

In the midst of a season of change in the ACC, BC has opted for stability and extended coach Frank Spaziani's contract for two years (through the 2015 season), the school announced on Monday. Spaziani had three years remaining on his original contract.

“Frank Spaziani has done a terrific job in his first two seasons as our head football coach,” athletic director Gene DeFilippo said in a prepared statement. “There is no doubt in my mind that he has our program headed in the right direction. He is a man of uncompromised integrity and principle, and he has provided great stability to our program. He has overcome some obstacles along the way and is building the foundation for great things to come. This contract extension is an indication of the university’s confidence in him.”

“I am very appreciative of this contract extension,” Spaziani said in the release. “As I have said in the past, I am honored to be the head football coach at Boston College; there’s no other place I would rather be. I look forward to leading this program into the future.”

It's a good, timely move for BC that will give the staff some security as it comes time to close in on recruits -- especially as the staffs at Maryland and Miami are in transitions (or, in Maryland's case, falling apart). It's also a deserved extension, as Spaziani continues to squeeze the most out of his undermanned teams.

The Eagles began the season 2-5 and were plagued by injuries to key defensive starters Alex Albright, Wes Davis and DeLeon Gause. The receiving corps was hurt before the season even started when Colin Larmond Jr., the team's leading returner, suffered a season-ending injury.

Midway through the season, 25 of the 44 players on the team’s two-deep were freshmen or sophomores. Led by the nation’s leading tackler, Luke Kuechly, and the ACC’s leading rusher, Montel Harris, the Eagles became the first team in ACC history to win five consecutive games after losing five in a row. In so doing, they became eligible for their 12th consecutive bowl game.

Having to depend on so many young players made for a rough season, but it also gave the program a jump start on its future, especially at quarterback, where true freshman Chase Rettig took over.