However unlikely, if Boston College were to upset No. 4 Notre Dame this Saturday in Chestnut Hill, Mass., it probably wouldn’t be enough to save Eagles coach Frank Spaziani’s job. So what is the motivation for BC, which is 2-7 overall and dead last in the Atlantic Coast Conference?
Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani likely is on his way out of Chestnut Hill
Apparently, it’s pride and sharing its misery.
The Eagles, coming off a 28-14 loss to Wake Forest, which Notre Dame hosts on Nov. 17, will miss out on a bowl game for the second straight season and are on track at 1-5 to finish last in the ACC’s Atlantic Division. Virginia (1-4), is anchoring the Coastal Division as the conference’s only other one-win program. Spaziani has seen his win total drop every year from eight in his first season in 2009. He is 22-26 over those four seasons and probably won’t get a fifth.
“You always have long-range plans,” Spaziani said Sunday. “The man that doesn’t plan for his future has no future, right? But the immediate thing is the next game. That’s the most important thing about the future and that’s the beauty of football. That’s what we’re trying to do, take care of the next week.
“Winning takes care of everything, you know?”
Beyond Notre Dame, which is still battling for a spot in the national title game, looms Virginia Tech (4-5) and N.C. State (5-4), both athirst for sixth wins to become bowl eligible.
Theoretically, Boston College has a lot left to ruin now that its 2012 campaign is already in shambles.
“There’s a lot of motivation,” Spaziani said. “We play for a lot more reasons than just the obvious ones to everybody. There’s a lot of motivation with the rest of the season and there’s a lot of motivation you get out of it.”
Spaziani watched the Irish’s triple-overtime victory over Pittsburgh, and knows what his team is up against. If nothing else, history is on Boston College’s side. The last two times the Eagles faced an undefeated Notre Dame squad (1993 and 2002), they stunned the Irish.
“What I see is a big task ahead and a big-league football team that’s certainly a national title contender,” he said. “They’re well coached and they have very good players. I think we’re more concerned with ourselves and how we have to prepare for the game and mentally approach it.”
It’s possible BC will have to do it without leading rusher Andre Williams, who left the Wake Forest game with an abdominal injury. Spaziani said if the running back is unable to play, David Dudeck, former defensive back James McCaffrey and Rolandan Finch will move up the depth chart.
Williams, a 6-foot, 220-pound junior, is averaging 66.6 yards per game and has four touchdowns this season. No other BC running back has found the end zone in 2012.
“We’ll just go down the batting order and take the running backs that we have,” Spaziani said.
Senior receiver Colin Larmond Jr. (6-3, 202) returns after serving a three-week suspension for violating team rules, though he wasn’t much of a factor in the first half of the season (one catch for eight yards). Junior starting offensive guard Ian White was on crutches at the end of the Wake game and his status against Notre Dame is uncertain.