With the news of every fired coach who's name doesn't start with "F" and end with "Rank Spaziani", the BC faithful get a bit irked and start freaking out. Ole Miss has scheduled a 3 pm ET press conference to announce it is parting ways with Houston Nutt at the end of the season, and I've already seen at least one or two mentions on Twitter that Nutt be considered for a move to Chestnut Hill.
I'm less than excited or optimistic about GDF making the hire. I mean, SEC castoffs aren't exactly lining up to get into Boston, and it's not like Nutt's lack of success at Ole Miss was a fluke. That's not the only reason, though. It has to do with the fact that I'm not a believer that the head coaching job at BC will be vacant at the end of 2011 - it may not be until 2012.
Why? Well, money. College football is a business. TV contracts, expansion, ridiculous uniforms prove this. There is no reason to change anything if those things are guaranteed, right?
The 2012 home schedule is among the best BC has likely ever had and there are tons of rivalries on there that will sell tickets - mainly because I'd bet the farm that the Athletic Department will lock Notre Dame, Miami and Clemson single game seats into season ticket packages. As proven by the Wake Forest game last week, ESPN will put nearly any game with Notre Dame that it gets into a prime time slot, regardless of opponent. BC-Miami will all but assuredly be Thanksgiving weekend (especially since BC starts on the road). Those are two reasons that people may hold onto any tailgating spots, and donate to make it happen.
If 2012 is going to be a failure on the field no matter what - new coach or same coach, 4-8 or 5-7 are optimistic unless this team completely changes form - but won't hurt the wallet that much, there is no reason to change. 2013 doesn't have quite the same prospects in terms of guaranteed cash flow. The ACC capsule reverts back to the Wake Forest-NC State-Florida State home games, and TOB is about as likely to be there in 2013 as Spaz will be.
The Athletic Department will be in a much better position to let Spaz go in 2012, as well. Three years will be in the books (what has become the official "give a coach time" standard) and another season on top of it, and Spaz's age will make the extension break a nice excuse in addition to the extra time. A new coach in '13 could help, as well, rejuvenate whatever base survives the next two years.
Buckle in, sports fans. I hate to be the guy pissing in the Cheerios, but I put the odds in favor of Spaz being on the sideline next fall over being in a retirement home. The Athletic Department can take it to the bank.