Spaz's To Do list
I've been criticized for being overly negative or piling on Spaz before he even starts. That's not my intention. In fact, I am actually optimistic about next season. I think the defense should be excellent again. The offense has all the pieces in place except for QB. If Davis matures or Tuggle steps up, Spaz's first season could surprise.
But there is a lot of work to do before September. I don't think Xs and Os will be an issue with Spaz. I do think other issues will arise. Knowing that, this is what he should do.
1. Get at least one experienced coordinator on staff and at least one former coach. One of the supposed benefits of promoting Spaz was his ability to retain the staff. I don't think it will be that easy or even necessary. This is his team. Let him pick the staff. If he wants to clean house, I have no problem with it. Once his guys are in place, I hope there are the two veteran presences listed above. Although very experienced, Spaz is a first time head coach. He needs a staff that will support him and challenge him. Not a bunch of yes men. He needs a few voices that he knows he can trust and to whom he can delegate. When Jags had questions or faced issues or just needed reassurance, he could turn to Logan or Spaz. They had been around the block a few times. Spaz needs those same sounding boards too. I hope he finds them.
2. Find a recruiting strategy and stick with it. I am on record with not caring about star rankings or ratings. However, I do think a staff needs to be of one mind on recruiting. Jags' staff proved to be good evaluators, but seemed to shoot in multiple directions on their strategy and targets. And I think that lack of direction and clarity hurt when BC attempted to lock in commitments. Spaz needs to decide what type of kid he wants (projects, under the radar, 4 stars, etc) and where they will spread their resources (the Midwest, Jersey, ACC territories). And he needs to decide how BC will approach kids, who will have authority to offer scholarships and who will be the closer.
3. Show the on the field emotion off the field. Spaz clearly has fire. We see it every Saturday in his reactions. He held his own in the press conference, but I still think his personality was muted a bit. BC fans want passion. They want hope. They want to believe. Share that passion when you speak to the press and certainly when you speak to fans. That, along with winning, will turn the skeptics around and have kids lining up to play for BC.