BC Coach Frank Spaziani on D&C

September 04, 2009 - 10:12 am

Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani joined Steve DeOssie, Greg Dickerson and Jon Meterperel on the Dennis & Callahan Show to preview the upcoming season. Coach Spaz and the boys joked about honey-do lists, information sources and DeOssie'€™s ability to jump back onto the field (or on the sidelines?). 

Highlights from the conversation are below.

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Coach, what are your nerves like the day before your first game running the helm at Boston College?

Well, I think it'€™s the normal apprehension, making sure all the T'€™s are crossed and the I'€™s are dotted and, you know, what I did I think of what didn'€™t I think of, blah, blah, blah.

I got a lot of great assistants helping me out, so we are ready to go.

Was there ever a point throughout this preseason or throughout this whole process since January, when you were hired, when you felt overwhelmed?

No. Never. I think there'€™s two ways to go with new jobs; you'€™re either overwhelmed or energized and I was the latter.

Coach, so far in the preseason and training camp overall with a guy like Mark Herzlich going down, how has your defense been able to step up? How have the guys reacted to his absence?

Well, you know, Steve, you played. There is a reaction and we'€™re going to miss these guys but it'€™s life, it'€™s sports, it'€™s whatever it is. But, you know, certainly going to miss him but we'€™ve got to go on. We'€™ve got to play Saturday at two o'€™clock and when it gets down to it, you know, you'€™ve got to do it, you'€™ve got to move on and make the best of it and somebody'€™s got to pick up the sword and move forward.

Who are your most pleasant surprises over the last month in camp?

Well, we'€™ve had, a lot of the younger guys, you know, this class that we had coming in they look like they are real prospects and a lot of the younger guys that have had to step up have done a good job. But the biggest surprise has been how well everybody'€™s adapted to the new staff, the players and making progress. I mean, we'€™re getting better everyday, believe me, we have a long way to go, but we are getting better everyday.

You look at the two-deep (depth chart) coach and there is redshirt freshman and true freshman. It'€™s all around that two-deep and I know that might be daunting for some coaches but you feel that you are well armed because have Gary Tranquill running your offense and you promote Bill McGovern to run the defense, what does that mean for your team?

Well, first of all, Gary is a Hall of Fame coach. He might be one of the best football coaches I have ever been around. Well, he certainly is, let me say that. He'€™s one of the best coaches in the country. He'€™s been through a lot of things and if there is anybody who can handle the issues over there on offense it'€™s Gary. I mean he'€™s not going to be thrown off-kilter by anything we have over there. 

And Billy, I'€™ve worked with Billy for 10 years, you know, the system'€™s in place and, you know, Billy'€™s getting his chance to do what he can do.

Deossie wanted the gig, I think.

Well, he'€™s uh. . . we'€™ll let him play. . .

How do you see the ACC stacking up this year? It'€™s going to be pretty good competition this year across the board.

Well, the thing about the league is, well, you know, we had our conferences meetings down there early on, and this year a lot of the teams have better quarterback situations. Not us withstanding. But, most of the teams have quarterbacks coming back, they'€™ve played for a while and usually that'€™s a good sign for a league.

You talked about the quarterback situation. Does that keep you up at night and how do you think it sorts itself out over the next few weeks and the first part of the season?

Well, a lot of things keep me up at night and that might be the 1:30 or two o'€™clock feeding but it'€™s going to sort itself out. We have young men there and they each have redeeming qualities and we would have hoped that it would have been a little clearer right now but that'€™s not the case, so we have to play and see how it sorts itself out and hopefully these guys will separate from one another and we will be a little more solid at that position.

You'€™re going to start Justin Tuggle tomorrow. . . first career start, redshirt freshman. . .

We are?!

Is that the word? You tell me. You tell me. My sources indicate.

Sources?! You'€™re talking to the source!

What we have is that either Dave (Shinskie) or Justin (Tuggle) is going to start the game and Mike (Marscovetra) is going to plan. I mean, that'€™s the plan right now. And, once again, it'€™s a game and, you know, we have to win. So, we are going to do what'€™s best for the team but we have to keep in mind that winning is what'€™s best for the team.

Hey, Uncle Dave Shinskie, you mention him. If he does start tomorrow it will be his first snap in seven years. What do you like about him?

First of all Dave is, obviously, Dave has some maturity on him. He'€™s been around the block a little, done some things. And, he has the skills, he has the physical talent to be a quarterback at this level. Once again, what he hasn'€™t done is taken snaps and we have to find that out about him. Unfortunately he missed a couple scrimmages so the evaluation process was set back a little.

Coach, your take on what happened in Tampa yesterday and your predecessor with coach Jags being let go by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yesterday?

Well, let me just say this, I don'€™t really have a take on it but my thoughts are with Jeff and his family because anytime you have that anxiety or that kind of turmoil, it'€™s your personal issues and your family that need to be addressed first.

Fair, unfair, that a guy like Rahim Morris calls him a guy that wasn'€™t a details guy or a guy that wasn'€™t precise? Did you see anything like that in your time with him at Boston College?

Well, once again, the situation with Boston College and the situation at Tampa . . . I'€™m not at Tampa. All I know is that we won a lot games here at Boston College with Jeff as the head coach.

Tom O'€™Brien'€™s (N.C. State) Wolf Pack lose last night to South Carolina 7-3. I talked to you early and you thought it would be a pretty high scoring game. What do you think went wrong for them?

That'€™s what happens when you predict. That'€™s why you guys do what you do and that'€™s why I did what I do.

I know for the ACC, it'€™s a pride thing. They had a stat last night, SEC 237 wins, ACC 114 wins head-to-head. What does that tell you?

I don'€™t know what that tells me. Master of the obvious, that the SEC has won more games than the ACC. It'€™s all individual basis and it'€™s all about what'€™s happening now and sports and that'€™s why you play them. I don'€™t read much into it really. I don'€™t have time to. Once again it'€™s great for the fans, it'€™s great for the media. Gives you something to talk about, right?

How about, who'€™s starting at outside linebacker for me?

Dominick LeGrande? There'€™s some young guys at linebacker though?

There certainly are. I had to write letters to all their parents to get permission.

We saw that also Herzlich was on campus again this week. Any good word out of that camp there?

Yeah. Best as I can determine just talking with Mark is that everything is going just like they want, they get the results that they want. He'€™s getting some of his treatments here and he'€™s going to be around the squad as much as his doctors allow. And, that'€™s great for us and more importantly great for him.

He'€™s a special kid and a special player and he'€™s certainly redefined that position for us over there beyond my wildest imagination. We'€™re just hoping that the best can come out of the whole deal and we will see him back in uniform.