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Spaziani hits the road

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  January 18, 2009 07:45 AM

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New Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani hit the road Sunday with two major tasks ahead of him: solidify and complete the Eagle recruiting class of 2009 and complete the hiring of his staff.

Spaziani, who was named Tuesday to replace Jeff Jagodzinski, said both tasks remained works in progress.

Part of the delay in completing his staff could be to see what assistant head coach and offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. does. Bicknell met with University of Massachusetts officials Sunday about the head coaching vacancy created when Don Brown resigned last week to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Maryland.

Bicknell said his talks with UMass athletic director John McCutcheon went fine and he emphasized that he was ready to become a head coach again.

"I like being a head coach,'' said Bicknell, who was the head coach at Louisiana Tech from 1999-2006.

Bicknell would appear to top a list of several candidates that UMass officials are considering.

Published reports have listed Holy Cross coach Tom Gilmore, UMass offensive coordinator Kevin Morris, Temple defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Mark D'Onofrio, Fordham coach Tom Masella, and Troy offensive coordinator Neal Brown as contenders.

Money should not be a big issue in Bicknell's case. Brown's total annual compensation package of approximately $225,000 is in the range of what he makes at BC.

Spaziani is focusing on recruiting now, but once he gets the bulk of that done, he will complete his staff, with linebacker coach Billy McGovern and wide receiver coach Ryan Day the leading contenders to be named defensive and offensive coordinators.

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