Okechukwu Okoroha, a junior safety, has been dismissed from the Boston College football team by head coach Frank Spaziani for disciplinary reasons, the school announced on Monday. Eric Hoffses first reported the story.
Okoroha played in all 13 games for the Eagles last season and recorded 27 tackles (17 solo). Okoroha was projected to start for the Eagles this season, but with his dismissal, Jim Noel will likely get the nod. Spaziani talked about Noel and his impact on the team following Sunday's scrimmage.
"I like Jimmy. Jimmy's a football player and works hard. He's what we want on the team. We need more Jimmy Noels," said Spaziani. "Where he can help us best doesn't matter to Jimmy and it certainly doesn't matter to the coaching staff, so wherever we feel he can make us the best is where we'll settle in." (via BC Interruption)
What does Okoroha's departure mean for the Eagles? BC Interruption explains.
Spaz must have known this was coming yesterday, otherwise why would he have praised Noel so openly? Okoroha was held out of the scrimmage yesterday, but had played this fall so this must have been in the works for at least the last couple of days. Any time BC loses a starter like this, especially on a secondary that was questionable to begin with, you have to be concerned.