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Never Say Never, Dr. Bates

Boston College's new athletic director Brad Bates went on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Show today, talking about football coach Frank Spaziani's hot seat.

On Wednesday, new Boston College Athletic Director Brad Bates appeared on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Show, a day after being hired as the school's new AD. When asked whether Bates would consider making a move to fire football coach Frank Spaziani before the end of the season, Bates implied that it's unlikely, though not completely out of the question.

"I don't know that I would pin myself into saying never. At the same time, very seldom do I see those situations work out relative to the students in the program," he said. "When you have a shift in leadership midstream, I think it creates even greater disarray. There may be an immediate emotional response that you see a positive blip, but in the long term, there are very few situations where I've seen that work productively for the program or for the students."

I appreciate the sentiment here, but I'm not sure Bates has ever experienced a situation quite like the one he is about to inherit. If you still believe that keeping Spaz employed on the Heights is in the best interest of the students, one only has to read impassioned pleas for help on behalf of the players to realize something is very wrong with the current leadership of the program.

I can only encourage more of you to connect with the school's new Athletic Director and make your voice heard.