Bruce Feldman has increasingly become the go to guy this offseason on all things Frank Spaziani. In today's mailbag he addresses two bigs things: the mysterious departure of Kevin Rogers, and what could BC do if the team does not make improvements this season.
From @allgritsandballs: should BC fire spaziani if they have another bad year? who should they go after of they do?
If he can't get the Eagles back to post-season play, you'd have to say the program is clearly going in the wrong direction and needs a change. BC had been a consistent winner, but then they elevated Spaziani and things are falling apart. They go from eight wins to seven wins to four wins last year to what now? (In the three seasons before he took over, they'd won 30 games and they'd won at least eight games the previous eight years.) Spaziani desperately needs a big bounce-back. And I'm not expecting one.
Sources close to the BC program told me Spaziani has had all sorts of trouble with staff chemistry issues. Key assistants Ryan Day and Kevin Rogers bailed to Temple. Spaziani had crossed a personal line with Rogers early last season and the spin that came out of that couldn't solve a fractured staff. Spaziani was a good defensive coach, but hasn't shown he can manage a staff and run a program.
A couple of names to remember for later this fall if this job does come open: 49ers assistant Greg Roman, a well-respected offensive mind who impressed in interviews at Vandy and almost got that job, and Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi, a top defensive coach, who went to college in New England and is also a very good recruiter.
Crossed a personal line with Kevin Rogers. This is one of the first times I have read a mainstream media member address the situation that potentially happened in UCF (respect his privacy). On the blogs we all had our suspicions, but when a writer of Feldman's caliber comments on it, you have to add some weight to the allegations. It's intriguing to read his take on the incident, and that whatever happened there caused a fracture in the staff. Have to wonder if all the staff that bailed on Chestnut Hill were more sympathetic to Kevin Rogers.
Secondly, we talked about Greg Roman as a possible replacement if this season does not improve. I mentioned that I thought he would be a great fit. Pat Narduzzi was not someone I had thought of, but I love reading "very good recruiter." Definitely something BC could use going forward.