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Boston College Daily Links: Spaz Out And Hoops Suffers Embarrassing Defeat

Spaz is out. Hoops loses to Bryant and more daily links.

Chestnut Hill, MA, USA; Boston College Eagles head coach Steve Donahue argues with a referee during the second half of a game against the Auburn Tigers at Silvio O. Conte Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

FOOTBALL: Players React To Spaziani's Firing (The Heights)
"Well personally, I think coach Spaz being fired is the first step in getting this program back to where it belongs," Clancy told The Heights. "The only way a team can be different is to make changes and I trust coach Bates' decision. Coach Spaz is an unbelievable football mind and is valuable to any team that he coaches for. But with the season we just had, it seems necessary. I partly feel bad because he really did care, [he] just wasn't able to articulate the message to every individual on the team. I wish him the best."

Four seasons wasted, let's not make the same mistake again (Eagle in Atlanta)
Players only get four years to play. Student fan are also limited in their SuperFan experience. It is precious time. I hope our new coach respects that finite window in which our future players and fans build their relationship with BC. We've all just wasted four years. I don't want to waste anymore time.

Thoughts On The TOB Era As It Comes To A Close (Riddick & Reynolds)
At the time, when he was hired, our friends from newly-added conference member Boston College told us we were hiring away from them a milquetoast, mediocre coach incapable of winning the big one when it counted. And in a lot of respects, they were right. Never one for flash (in contrast to his predecessor Amato), Tom was always very stoic on the sidelines and quiet on the recruiting trail. His signature pose–arms folded, scowling–even became a thing on the internet, which was about the closest you'd ever come to seeing O'Brien gaining internet street cred.

Frank Spaziani a better assistant than head coach (ESPN ACC Blog)
The most glaring criticism of Spaziani’s tenure was a perceived inability to manage his staff. There was turnover at the offensive coordinator position, a complete overhaul of the offensive staff this past offseason, several off-field issues with players and vague answers about the direction of the program and the problems within it -- not to mention some questionable on-field decisions and average-at-best recruiting classes.

Bryant stuns Boston College 56-54 (
"Bryant deserved to win the game. They played harder and smarter than us on both sides of the ball," BC coach Steve Donahue said. "It was how we played that I was extremely disappointed. I just thought they played with an understanding, but we did not play really smart basketball. I did not think we were coached very well."

Source: Boston College transfer Jordan Daniels 'always wanted to be home' (SB Nation Boston)
"I think he's so far from home as it is, and I think he saw that his minutes might dwindle a little bit with the other guards coming in," the source said. "He always wanted to be home. It was hard for him being away. I think that was something that he decided he wanted to do. He didn't really want to be around here anymore."

Women's Basketball Defeats Portland, 68-40 (
"We spent a lot of time talking about some execution things that needed to get better and improve in this game," head coach Erik Johnson said. "I was proud of our players in how they made the improvements from last night to tonight. Things like communication, transition defense, rebounding and taking care of the ball were greatly improved today and that was my challenge to them. I was proud we were able to make changes like that in a one-day turnaround and hopefully, we'll be able to do the same thing on Monday and keep getting better."

Eagles show who’s No. 1 (
"You can take a lot of lessons from Boston College," Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet said. "Obviously, Gaudreau is just a phenomenal player. They have a lot of good players, but Gaudreau reminds you of Paul Kariya a little bit when he was in college. He’s just a dynamic player. So, there’s other guys, but he’s a difference maker, no question about it."

Hockey East's Three Stars: Boston College, UNH Keep Shining (Western College Hockey Blog)
It's no secret that BC can score. And it's also no secret that BC's first line is the best the conference has to offer. But even that doesn't mean that their five-goal, seven-assist effort in the Eagles' 6-3 win over #11 Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon shouldn't be lauded. Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames) has 2-3=5 totals, while captain Pat Mullane added two goals and two assists and Steven Whitney added a goal and two helpers.