One name that has been repeatedly mentioned as a potential Spaz replacement is Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator Bob Diaco. BC will get a first hand look at the candidate this week. I like Diaco and think has many of the qualities we should look for in a new coach.
We can debate the quality of our current roster but our ability to land key recruits is embarrassing. Every year we target a few key players and rarely get them to even consider BC. That won't be a problem with Diaco. He's one of Kelly's ace recruiters and on more than one occasion has been the salesman who helped flip a star player to Notre Dame. Notre Dame's talent is often overrated, but I think most experts agree that their front seven on Defense is elite and as good as any in the country. Diaco played a key role in bringing most of those guys in.
Understands a school like BC
Fit is always important when hiring a new coach. I don't think we need a BC grad nor someone who has worked here before, but we do need someone who understands recruiting limitations, making players graduate, and that our pitch must include academics. Diaco has worked and Notre Dame and Virginia. Diaco is also from New Jersey. He's not going to be a fish out of water in New England.
Xs and Os
Often times great recruiters are terrible at calling or managing a game. That doesn't seem to be an issue for Diaco. His defenses have improved each year and I don't remember many times when his scheme seemed terrible and I've also liked their adjustments.
Jags might have had confidence and TOB had a plan, but I don't think we've had a truly driven coach since Coughlin. This would be the type of guy who is not going to rest until BC is winning again. I only know this anecdotally through friends of friends, but Diaco is that sort of guy. He is going to work harder and smarter than any coach we've had in a long time.
The major downside to Diaco is that he's never been a head coach before. He will have to assemble a new staff and start to learn how to manage all aspects of the team and the program. Can he make that transition? We seen some guys do it well and others like Spaz do it poorly.