- Mike Holovak's first four seasons: 20 -- 14 -- 2. Winning Percentage .583
- Jim Miller's first four seasons: 26 -- 12. Winning Percentage .684
- Joe Yukica's first four seasons: 28 -- 11. Winning Percentage .717
- Jack Bicknell's first four seasons: 32 -- 14 -- 1. Winning Percentage .691
- Tom O'Brien's first four seasons: 23 -- 23. Winning Percentage .500
- Frank Spaziani's first four seasons: 21 -- 29. Winning Percentage .420
- Steve Addazio's first four seasons: 23 -- 27. Winning Percentage .460
Monday, November 28, 2016
Selective stats and spin
Sometimes I think BC gets a little tone deaf to their most passionate fans. For example take the nugget that came out of Saturday that Addazio is "only the second BC coach to lead a team to a bowl in three of his first four seasons." The coach used it in his postgame and the school worked it into social media and game recaps. It is true, but it is also a bit hollow.
Some of BC's best coaches haven't always coached at BC for four seasons. Since WWII, only seven men have coached at BC four or more consecutive seasons. Also the ever-expanding list of bowls makes most comparisons to the past a perfect "apples and oranges" problem. What if we just took a simpler, and perhaps more objective stat, like Wins and Losses during your first four seasons at BC? Look at the list below. Those are the seven guys I referenced above and their wins and losses during their first four seasons at BC.
Now when compared to these coaches, Addazio's first four years and three bowl appearances don't seem like such a huge coaching accomplishment. He did take over a mess of a program, but I would argue things were as messy for TOB. And I don't think the frustration with Addazio is how he handled the transition from Spaz. It is how he has struggled in Year 3 and Year 4 as the roster becomes his.
I am not trying to be a complainer or whiner. I am glad we are going bowling. I am glad we won. And I do think Addazio deserves credit for keeping the team together when it could have fallen apart. But I don't think he or the BC staff should be trying to spin this to the fans. We have sat through the blowouts and the losses. We don't want to be told how great things have been. Instead just focus on winning the bowl and closing out the recruiting class. Then hopefully we will see real improvement next season.