Dawson done: surprising first staff change
Most of BC observers have anticipated a staff shakeup. A 4-8 season merits one. However, I was somewhat surprised that Mike Dawson was the first assistant to go. BC said he is leaving on his own and pursuing opportunities outside of football. I've been known to shoot down BC press releases before, but I actually believe this for a moment. Being an assistant can be a tough game. Dawson was probably doing well financially at BC, but he is only one staff shakeup away from being a MAC or FBS assistant again. Regardless of where you coach, the hours are long and the season can be a real grind. And there is always recruiting. Some guys get off on hitting the road to find the next star. Others hate trying to sell to 17-year-olds. So until he pops up at another college program, I am going to take BC and Dawson at his word that he is leaving college football.
As for what it means to BC, the timing isn't great. While not an ace recruiter, Dawson was still the lead guy on some key prospects. I think our Special Teams were pretty good, but we weren't doing anything that was not replaceable. Dawson also helped out with Defensive Line. It will be interesting if that area is addressed when we bring in a replacement.
Spaz now has nine staffers officially. He has to bring in one more. We know he's interviewed multiple Offensive Coordinator candidates. Given the last line of the press release ("Spaziani said he would make further announcements about his staff in the near future."), I think we will see more than just a new OC.