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Press release: BC's Spaziani will not return as football coach

Below is the full press release regarding Boston College's firing of Frank Spaziani.

Boston College Director of Athletics Brad Bates announced today that Frank Spaziani will not return as football coach of the Eagles. The decision is effective immediately.

"A personnel decision of this magnitude affects many people and is never taken lightly, but I felt a change was necessary," Bates said.

Spaziani completed his fourth season as head coach and the 2012 team finished with a record of 2‐10. Spaziani's four‐year record stands at 21‐29.

Spaziani was named head coach in 2009 after a 10‐year run as the Eagles' defensive coordinator and two as running back coach. During his time as defensive coordinator, Spaziani produced one of the toughest defenses in college football and played a key role in Boston College's unprecedented run of 12 consecutive winning seasons and bowl games.

"It is with gratitude that we recognize the many contributions Coach Spaziani has made to Boston College during his 16 years in Chestnut Hill," Bates said. "He displayed unwavering dedication and loyalty to our institution and our football student‐athletes, while consistently representing Boston College with class and dignity. He and his staff have devoted countless hours to our student‐athletes and the BC community. We thank them and wish them well."

Bates said Boston College would begin a search for a successor immediately.

"We will be seeking a leader whose vision of our football program mirrors the mission of our University, who values the development of our student‐athletes and whose goal is to return our program to national prominence," he said. "Our fans and the entire University community value the rich tradition of Boston College football, and we are committed to making it a successful program."