"I want to build a program here, or rebuild a program,'' he said. "And I'm telling you, we're getting close in some areas to being good, really good.''
This is how Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani opened his interview with the Globe's Mark Blaudschun during this week's ACC Media Days in Greensboro. Take the words any way you will.
Some might take Spaz on his words and get excited that maybe BC is finally heading back in the right direction, while others may get upset that Spaziani himself may be the reason the program needs to be rebuilt in the first place. But looking ahead Spaz feels this year BC is "close to being really good," which of course means nothing until we see his final product on the field September 1 against Miami.
Obviously Spaz has to be positive about this upcoming season, because he needs to motivate his players, sell the program to recruits and sell tickets. Spaz and Blaudschun goes through the usual lists of why he thinks this year will be different than the team he put on the field in 2011. There are new coordinators -- though Blaudschun didn't bother to push him on why there needed to be such a wholesale change -- as well as a blend of young players and experienced veterans that could give BC a good blend on the field.
Also discussed in the article was the dismissal of star running back Montel Harris. "That's football" says Spaziani, who then shrugged off the question. It's understandable that Spaz isn't going to touch that topic, but that kind of flippant remark might elude to a very acrimonious parting between Harris and the Eagles football staff.
As much as I rip on Blaudschun for his pandering to the Boston College athletics department and failing to ask questions, this post was probably one of the few times he has been openly critical and tough on Frank Spaziani and the state of BC football. There really isn't any new information in there, other than a few sound bytes from Emmett Cleary and Kaleb Ramsey who relay their disappointment in last year's performance by the team.
This is Spaz's first real comments this summer. How do you think he came off? Were you happy with what he said or is it just more of the same old/same old?