Spaziani narrows coordinator search

By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / February 8, 2011

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Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani will be in New York today at a fund-raiser and also will see “Lombardi’’, the Broadway play depicting the life of former Packers coach Vince Lombardi.

Spaziani is expected to return to the Heights tomorrow, and could announce his new offensive coordinator by then.

And while there may not be any “Lombardis’’ on his short list, Spaziani has spent the past several days paring a list of internal and external candidates.

The internal candidates are wide receivers coach Ryan Day and tight ends coach Dave Brock.

The list of external candidates grew the past several days as those Spaziani interviewed included Kevin Rogers, former Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach; Jim Hofher, University of Delaware offensive coordinator; Peter Vaas, former Holy Cross quarterback and QBs coach at South Florida; and Mike Kruczek, offensive coordinator for Sacramento of the United Football League. Also on the list was former Patriots, Giants, and Cowboys assistant coach Chris Palmer, now head coach of Hartford of the UFL.

Kruczek is a former BC All-American QB, and has been offensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals and the head coach at Central Florida.

Reached at his home in Florida yesterday, Kruczek said he met with Spaziani last week and felt it went well.

But Kruczek wanted security and asked for a three-year contract — normally assistants are given one-year deals. Spaziani, after thinking about it for a day, called Kruczek Sunday and told him he could not offer a multiyear deal and Kruczek took his name out of the running.

“I would [have loved] to go back there,’’ said Kruczek, who was All-American in 1975. “We had a good talk and I know there is some good young talent which can be developed.’’

Spaziani spent most of yesterday in meetings, pondering a move that will be important in terms of what type of offensive team BC puts on the field next September.

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