"We can't afford another coaching change right now"
Of all the excuses, this might be the worst. Spaz has four years left on his contract. I don't know what the buyout figure but assume the worst and say that BC would owe his full salary for the remaining years and the total is more than $4 million. And let's say a new credible coach will cost us at least another $1 million annually. That might mean a $5.5 million salary outlay for BC football next year. The money at risk by not making a change could be in that same ballpark. Do we expect an uptick in ticket sales next year with Spaz? Do we think merchandise and gameday revenue will go up? Will donors be clamoring to write checks to see more Spazball? Plus $5 million is not the end of the world. We can negotiate a deferred payment plan for Spaz for when the new ACC TV money comes in and I do think some of BC's big donors will step up to get rid of him now. Waiting until it is more economically feasible to fire Spaz is short-sighted. Because we will lose games and revenue in 2012 and have a longer road back to competitiveness.
"It will kill recruiting for a long time."
Those who argue this say that other schools will recruit against us saying that the new head coach who recruits BC targets "won't be there long-term." Negative recruiting happens everywhere. If the opposing coaches are not calling out BC for a coaching changes, then they are probably criticize all the losing. As with all negative recruiting, you just have to have an answer for the attack. A good salesman will find 25 kids each year to play at BC.
"We are so close to breaking through"
I have felt that myself. I see glimpses of things from some of the young players that has me believing. But I think there are some fundamental issues at hand coaching-wise that I think will prevent any real breakthrough. Our offensive line is lost. While they are losing some one-on-one battles I think much of the problem is coaching. As the announcers plainly pointed out yesterday, there are plays where the guys don't know who they should be blocking. Wake had a nose tackle break up a screen downfield while three BC offensive linemen let him run by them. They didn't even react. Forget about blocking him, how about just standing in his way? My faith in Spaz's ability to even manage a game is well documented. How are we going to "break through" when our coach's game management doesn't allow for much upside?
"Spaz earned the right to fix this.
Maryland kept Ralph Friedgen after a disastrous 2009 season and they bounced back with nine wins the following year. Jim Grobe went 3-9 last year and it looks like his team is on its way back. Spaz is a much different case from those two. Both had earned more time. Both had won ACC Championships. Spaz has accomplished many things while at BC but most were as Defensive Coordinator. But we are not asking him to stay on as DC and fix the defense. What sort of good will has he earned as head coach to stay on as head coach?
"It's not fair to the players"
The players want to win. Do you think they are enjoying football right now? All the rumblings indicate that Spaz has lost the team. Whatever shakeup happens, most of the guys will be glad to win and have a coach that believes in them.
"BC cannot survive this sort this sort of shake up"
When TOB took over BC, we were on our fourth coach in 8 years and had just endured the gambling scandal. Yet we recovered and he went on to lead the team for ten years. Nothing going on now is insurmountable. Stability and winning is possibly one hire away.
"Rebuilding will take longer with a new coach"
Some will say that if Spaz bottoms out this year and has gradual improvement next year and in 2013, we will be in better position to hire a good coach then. I disagree. Even if the next two years are awful under a new coach, at least you can sell fans and recruits the newness factor and rebuilding factor. That was the biggest mistake Gene made in hiring Spaz. By promoting from within, you were selling continuity. So that means as soon as the benefits and stability of continuity are gone you lose the players and fans.