BOSTON (AP) — New Boston College athletic director Brad Bates is looking for a football coach who "oozes integrity," someone who cares about the students and someone who wins.
Two out of three wasn't good enough for Frank Spaziani.
Spaziani was fired Sunday after 16 years at the school, the last four as head coach of a team that lost more games in each successive season.
"This is a very performance-based business," Bates said at a news conference at Alumni Stadium to announce his first major move since being hired by BC last month. "Ultimately, winning and losing make a great deal of difference."
The decision was widely expected, and Spaziani all but spoke openly about his understanding that it would be his last year. Asked on Saturday if he would make his case to stay, Spaziani told reporters in Raleigh, N.C. after Saturday's game, "I do have a case."
"Obviously this is a sad day for my family and me," Spaziani said in a statement released by the school. "Boston College has been my home for more than 16 years, and I have been fortunate to work with some amazing student-athletes. I will always treasure my relationships with them and the BC staff. Boston College is a tremendous place, and I am extremely thankful for my time there. I wish the current and future Eagles nothing but the best."
Spaziani finished 22-29 as the head coach, including the bowl game he coached at the end of the 2008 season after Jeff Jagodzinski was fired for interviewing for an NFL job. The Eagles finished 2-10 (1-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) this season, wrapping it up with a 27-10 loss at North Carolina State that gave them double-digit losses for the second time in school history.
"It was kind of expected, I guess. We've heard the rumors," said junior receiver Bobby Swigert, sitting in a wheelchair with his right leg in a cast. "You try to ignore them during the season, but we knew this was likely they were going to shake it up in some way."