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Boston College fired coach Frank Spaziani on Sunday after a disastrous 2-10 season -- the Eagles' worst since 1978.
"A personnel decision of this magnitude affects many people and is never taken lightly, but I felt a change was necessary," BC athletic director Brad Bates said in a statement.
Spaziani becomes the second head coach let go Sunday in the ACC, joining NC State coach Tom O'Brien, fired earlier Sunday. Spaziani just finished his fourth season as head coach, and leaves with an overall record of 22-29. His teams got worse each season under his watch. This season was the obvious low point, as the Eagles only beat one FBS team on the season -- Maryland.
Before becoming head coach in 2009, Spaziani spent 10 years as the BC defensive coordinator and two years as running backs coach. All season, he deflected speculation about his job security, saying as recently as October, "Nobody sheds more blood, sweat, and tears on Saturday than I do. I know what our situation is, I know what I'm doing, I know the problems I have to work through. That's what I'm worried about."
Spaziani said in a statement issued through the school a short time after his firing was announced: “Obviously this is a sad day for my family and me. Boston College has been my home for more than 16 years, and I have been fortunate to work with some amazing student-athletes. I will always treasure my relationships with them and the BC staff. Boston College is a tremendous place, and I am extremely thankful for my time there. I wish the current and future Eagles nothing but the best.”
“It is with gratitude that we recognize the many contributions Coach Spaziani has made to Boston College during his 16 years in Chestnut Hill,” Bates said in the release. “He displayed unwavering dedication and loyalty to our institution and our football student-athletes, while consistently representing Boston College with class and dignity. He and his staff have devoted countless hours to our student-athletes and the BC community. We thank them and wish them well.”
Bates said Boston College would begin a search for a successor immediately.
“We will be seeking a leader whose vision of our football program mirrors the mission of our University, who values the development of our student‐athletes and whose goal is to return our program to national prominence,” he said. “Our fans and the entire university community value the rich tradition of Boston College football, and we are committed to making it a successful program."