Falling to perennial collegiate doormat Army 31-34, Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani demonstrated once again his complete and total incompetence regarding his ability to coach a major conference football team. Taking the realms four long years ago, Spaziani has failed both on the playing field and the recruiting trail. And in the process, he has taken a team that was one game away from an Orange Bowl berth to a team that cannot even beat the worst that collegiate football has to offer.
Throughout the past decade, Army football has had one of the worst programs in the FBS – claiming only one non-losing season in the past fifteen years. The program even fell to a new low last week, losing to FCS member Stony Brook 23-3. And coming into this weekend, they ranked dead last in nearly every defense statistic.
But it was not just the incompetency of the opponent that was so demoralizing, it was the fashion in which they lost. It took the form of so many of BC's losses during the Spaziani tenure. Holding a lead against an inferior opponent late in the game, Spaziani once again went conservative – running the ball three straight times, then punting back to Army before their eventual game-winning touchdown run.
The fact that Spaziani – the former defensive coordinator – and his Eagles allowed over 500 rushing yards further points to his complete inability to coach this team. In the past two seasons, BC has declined to incredible new lows. Army's trampling of the Eagles was rock bottom. In a loss that surely clinches yet another season without a bowl game, Army ran seemingly at will against the Eagles defense as the team squandered yet another quality performance by Chase Rettig and the offense. Running back Andre Williams even added a 99-yard touchdown run as he ran for nearly 200 yards.
With BC's newest athletic director presumably taking control within the next few months, his first priority should be finding a new head coach especially considering the importance of football to conference realignment discussions. As football is the largest revenue sport, the BC program could quickly find itself on the outside looking in – especially if the ACC loses a team or two in coming years as the Big 12 looks to expand. At any rate, Frank Spaziani has shown no ability to coach at a major level and his continued involvement threatens the health of the program as a whole.