2012 Boston College Eagles Football Preview
2011 Record: 4-8 (3-5 ACC)
Head Coach: Frank Spaziani, fourth season (20-19 all at Boston College)
Projected Returning Starters: 19
Spring Game: March 31st (Offense 68 Defense 58)
Notes: Its’ this author’s contention that the worst thing BC could have done was firing then-head coach Jeff Jagodzinski. Coach Jags had led the Eagles to Atlantic Division titles behind the arm of Matt Ryan. But Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo was irritated with Jags lack of communication, specifically, Jagodzinski’s interview with the New York Jets. Jags didn’t get the position and was fired by DeFilippo. Since then, the BC program has been bad. Long time assistant Frank Spaziani, famous for his strong defenses, has struggled with recruiting and been among the worst in the ACC – including a home loss to Duke last season. Spaziani had his contract extended in 2010 for an additional two seasons, through the 2015 season.
BVTSB Take: Spaziani may not be in Chestnut Hill much longer if he doesn’t turn around the Eagles. 2011 starting quarterback Chase Rettig returns this season, but may have to compete with Josh Bordner, who he split time with in the spring game. Rettig threw for 12 touchdowns but 9 interceptions in 2011, while throwing for over 1900 yards. Running back Montel Harris, who was out early with an injury, has been dismissed from the team. He only played two games in 2011, rushing for 135 yards. Rolandan Finch, who assumed the starting role, returns, having rushed for three touchdowns and over 700 yards. The team’s three leading receivers – Colin Larmond, Bobby Swigert, and Chris Pantale – all return, having combined for over 61% of Boston College’s receiving yards and three-quarters of the team’s receiving touchdowns. BC plays Maine, Northwestern, Army, and Notre Dame in non-conference play, with a great chance of winning two or three of those. Unfortunately, the conference schedule is tough, with the Eagles facing Miami (FL), Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech, the top favorites to win the Coastal Division. Expect another rough season, in what could be Spaziani’s last in Chestnut Hill.
2012 Early Projection: 4-8
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