Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) - Boston College head football coach Frank Spaziani was fired on Sunday, one day after the Eagles completed their worst season in 34 years.
The Eagles concluded a dreadful 2012 campaign with a 2-10 record and went 1-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference following Saturday's 27-10 loss at North Carolina State. It marked the program's lowest winning percentage since an 0-11 finish in 1978 and its lowest win total since going 2-9 in 1989.
Boston College posted an 8-5 record in Spaziani's first season as head coach in 2009 and went 7-6 the following year, but slipped to a 4-8 mark last season and fell further this year.
The decision ends Spaziani's 16-year tenure with Boston College that began with a two-year stint as running back coach under Tom O'Brien from 1997-98. He was named the Eagles' defensive coordinator in 1999 and served 10 seasons in that capacity before being promoted to the top post after Jeff Jagodzinski was fired for interviewing for the then-vacant New York Jets' head coaching position in January of 2009.
The 65-year-old, who was under contract through 2015 after earning a two-year extension following the 2010 season, was a part of 12 consecutive winning seasons and bowl apperances by the Eagles from 1999-2010.
"It is with gratitude that we recognize the many contributions Coach Spaziani has made to Boston College during his 16 years in Chestnut Hill," said BC athletic director Brad Bates. "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."
Including a victory in the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl as interim head coach, Spaziani compiled a 22-29 overall record.