Wednesday, October 24, 2012

There won't be blood

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.

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9 Comments:

At 3:12 AM, Blogger mod34b said...

Dear Brad,

Is this true? You won't fire Spaz until the end of the year? That's unfortunate .

This will be seen by most as weakness by you, and that you lack decisiveness. People will, rightly, see you as a guy lacking stones.

Please show us that you are executive material, and not some educator/bureaucrat who values process over action. Do not allow Spaz to taint you and inject doubt into your legacy before it even begins.

The truth is that Spaz's continued lame duck status hurts BC football and BC as a whole. Just look at Spaz's pathetic comments today. He is blaming his own recruiting and bad luck for this year's failure. ESPN is now openly mocking Spaz with a headline sarcastically saying "Spaziani: 'I know what I am doing.'" Read: Not.

There really is very little downside in removing Spaz as HC. There is big downside for you if you do not act soon.

Act.

Now.

Sincerely,

mod34b

 
At 7:51 AM, Blogger diabetic tackle said...

ATL

Is it bad form for Bates to contact potential candidates, while Spaziani is coaching over next 5 weeks?

 
At 7:51 AM, Blogger diabetic tackle said...

ATL

Is it bad form for Bates to contact potential candidates, while Spaziani is coaching over next 5 weeks?

 
At 7:53 AM, Blogger Mosi said...

Bill, like most of us, the raw emotion after every game is to scream to fire that clueless asshole( and clueless shown in blaming the roster of players he recruited), but you bring a very valid point abut not whacking coach dumbasrocks now

in 1988 the Sox, still basking in the glory of the close but no cigar 1986 team, were floundering badly come july when they whacked the drunken manager, John McNamara and replaced him with the little known 3rd base coach, baseball lifer and most importantly BC Guy Joe Morgan

under Tollway Joe the same team, loaded with all stars, ran off something like 16 wins in a row, 23 out of 25 and won the division. Joe remained as manager for another 4 years.. the real story is that Joe was to be an interim manager and the Sox were going to hire Joe Torre but when the winning streak started they couldn't replace him... this is why I've said that if Bates does take Spaz out he should be replaced by Gallup as interim, he has HC experience and most likely no interest at his age in taking the job full time

problem would be if he whacked Spaz after the blowout losses to UMd and Wake, names Martin as interim and the team rallys around him, beats ND and wins out

thats why, in the clear light of a few days post our latest disaster loss, I can see that it make more sense to wait till the end of the season for a clean slate

and i fully expect to be up in QQ yelling for Spaz to be fired at halftime on Sat

 
At 8:41 AM, Blogger mod34b said...

Fear of the interim coach's success is a bad excuse for inaction and no reason to allow Spaz to continue.

There have been many many successful interim coaches who did get a full time job. Martin will know this.

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger The Sean McMahon said...

If Bates is sticking with Spaz can he at least put Larmond back on the team? Its a shame a kid who has played hard his entire career at BC gets suspended by an inept egomaniac during his senior year. If that's how Spaz is running this program he needs to go now.

 
At 11:36 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

@MOSI: "problem would be if he whacked Spaz after the blowout losses to UMd and Wake, names Martin as interim and the team rallys around him, beats ND and wins out"

Beating ND and winning out would be a *problem* in your opinion?!? Gosh, if we could only be so lucky! I don't care if it would influence our new HC search or not, bring us some winning!

 
At 11:54 AM, Blogger Bee Cee said...

UPDATE: Ryan Day will be the new head coach. I applaud the move and will post more on the topic when BC announces it.

 
At 1:50 PM, Blogger brog33 said...

I dont get why they don't come out and announce that Spaz will retire at the end of the year. You get the best of both worlds. Bates can get a head start on the hiring process, without the political mess of an interm HC

 

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