Should be much higher than 4.0: Things that are not even close to a "4" right now: Jessica Biel; the basketball position of Muggsy Bogues and the job status of the BC football coach. Whatever the hottest number for the hot-seat ranking gauge goes up to, that's where Spaziani's at entering the 2012 season. The Eagles had won at least eight games for eight years in a row till Spaziani was handed the job and they'd won 30 the previous three seasons. Since then, they've won eight, then seven and then four last year. He's also had significant staff chemistry problems. Among them, his confrontation with then-OC Kevin Rogers in a situation, where BC sources told me, the head man clearly crossed the line. None of that bodes well for a program not used to being at the bottom of its conference. Spaziani needs to win a lot more games this fall or else he'll be out of there by winter.
Brian in Pittsburgh, Pa., writes: Heather - Is Coach Spaz on the hot seat this season for BC? Is an 8 win season a reasonable expectation for this squad?
HD: Yes, he is. No, it isn't.
However, whether it was sustainable or not, there is no doubt that the program continues to take steps in the wrong direction under Spaziani. The team has gone from eight wins in his first year to seven wins in 2010 to just a 4-8 mark last season, and maybe worst of all, have lost their identity. For a team that has produced elite quarterbacks like Matt Ryan and the Hasselbeck brothers over the years, Boston College finished 100th in passing offense last year, and 112th nationally in scoring at just 18.2 points per game. Understand that it’s one thing to be bad. It’s quite another to be boring. And right now, Boston College is both.