If you talk to enough BC fans or read the comments on this blog or on the message boards, you'll see that many are resigned to the fact that we are "stuck" with Spaz for at least another year. There is a shared belief that he could never be fired after two seasons. To those people, I ask: "are you new around here?" Cathy Inglese, Al Skinner, and Jeff Jagodzinski all won while at BC and were all dismissed when Gene felt the time was right. At most BCS schools all of those firings would have been controversial and big news. Aside from some stuff with Jags (where Gene clearly won the PR war) all of that was swept under the rug.
Now I don't think Spaz will be fired this year. I think he will be our coach next year. But you never know. Next year's home slate is not that appealing. Ticket sales are already soft. They won't get better if we are mediocre or worse this year. A new coach might give ticket sales a boost.
Football is very important to Gene and he knows more about the Xs and Os than most ADs. I think he likes Frank and will take care of him financially. But I don't think Gene is stubborn enough to let Spaz undo all the good Gene feels he built. I also think Gene wants to hire the next great BC football coach before he retires. Spaz was always a placeholder.
I think it would take a disaster season for Spaz to lose his job, but I know enough to know that Gene will do whatever he wants.