Since the embarrassment in Tallahassee, I've been pounding the drum to fire Spaz now. Based on multiple conversations I've had the past week with people closer to the situation, it doesn't sound like Brad Bates sees it the same way. Barring any issue with the players, Spaz is going to finish the season. I don't agree with the mindset, but I understand why Bates wants it that way.
Whatever benefit Bates gets from firing Spaz is offset in his mind by the temporary mess it creates. If you fire Spaz you have to promote a interim. That's a political process. That will leave hurt feelings on the staff and team. You also then create a situation where the interim might build momentum, win a few games and build a coalition to get the job full time. I think we all agree BC needs a clean start, so I understand that aspect of this. I also think Bates wants the players and staffers to finish the season the right way. From what I gather the players are still playing hard and united. Hopefully it pays off. While it appears at times that the coaching staff is checked out, let's hope they realize that working hard the rest of the way will help their reputations.
There is also a rumor floating around that BC and Spaz have already come to terms on a buyout and resignation timeline. Not true. It might come to that, but nothing has been broached or even outlined directly with Spaz yet. He's still the coach.
BC hired Bates for a reason and to do a lot more than make a coaching change. He's making evaluations and preparing a process. I respect that. The fan and blogger in me might not want to hear it, but the ultimate goal is to rebuild BC football.