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The 2012 Locksley: Week 4

Important Locksley news: John L. Smith is not – I repeat, not – eligible for the 2012 award. Why? Let’s consider the first reason: Smith is an interim head coach. I can’t blame you for not being fully aware with the Locksley’s laws and bylaws, seeing that said laws and bylaws have never been put into print. But one crucial factor is that a candidate must be a real, bona fide head coach – not an interim head coach, as is Smith. A second reason is that Smith would be such a lock for the Locksley that taking him out of the running evens the playing field among a slew of other highly qualified candidates. Now, is there a chance that Smith could one day be recognized for his wonderfully inept work with the Razorbacks in 2012? I can see it now: The John L. Locksley. That’s an option. But there will be no trophy on Smith’s mantle once his tenure in Fayetteville runs its course. As recompense, Smith gets the quote of the week:

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    The 2012 Locksley: Week 3

    Blind squirrels are known to stumble upon a nut every now and again, especially if that nut is, say, Maine’s football team. Or if the blind squirrel is Middle Tennessee State and the nut is Florida Atlantic, which houses the only Sun Belt team more impotent than Rick Stockstill’s Blue Raiders. So what to make of these wins? At face value, dates with Maine and the Owls pushed Boston College and Middle Tennessee State into the win column – that’s the biggest takeaway for both the Eagles and Blue Raiders. But beyond that point, what did these wins prove? That B.C. is not good enough to run with Miami (Fla.) but good enough to beat an F.C.S. opponent? That Stockstill’s gang can beat F.A.U. but not McNeese State? The wins prove nothing, in short, because for teams of this quality – or lack thereof – true colors won’t shine until the calendar turns to conference play, and for both B.C. and M.T.S.U., the season looks bleak indeed despite a bump up to .500. The coaching quote of the week come from U.N.L.V.’s Bobby Hauck:

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      The Eagles Are Batting .333, Says Spaziani

      It was 14-0, 17-14, even 23-20 early in the third quarter, and then the bottom dropped out. Boston College had no answer for Miami running back Duke Johnson, a true freshman whose debut – 135 yards on 7 carries, 2 touchdowns – even had LeBron James raving: “Duke Johnson is the truth!” said James, on his Twitter account, adding that “#speedkills.” For the Eagles, the silver lining in an otherwise dismal season-opening defeat was the play of junior quarterback Chase Rettig, who completed 32 of 51 attempts for a career-high 441 yards; that total constituted nearly a quarter of his total passing yards from the 2011 season.

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        The 2012 Locksley: Week 2

        It’s going to be hard to fill a list without names like Callaway, Neuheisel, Nutt – last year’s Locksley winner – Porter, Ianello, Fairchild and Wulff. Hard, but not impossible – not even close to impossible. For every year, like clockwork, an already maligned head coach rolls out of bed, walks into his home stadium and loses to a team like McNeese State, as did Rick Stockstill last Saturday. Stockstill is one of only three head coaches from the final regular season list for last year’s Locksley still standing, joining Boston College’s Frank Spaziani and Central Michigan’s Dan Enos. Rest assured, all three names will feature prominently in the quest for the winner of the 2012 Locksley. The coaching quote of the week comes from Spaziani, whose team dropped a 41-32 decision to Miami (Fla.) in its season opener:

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          Luck Stays in the Picture at Stanford

          Andrew Luck will continue to hold a major position in Stanford’s offense, albeit in name only, not in action. Yesterday, Stanford announced that an unnamed donor endowed the university with an unnamed sum – think of one integer followed by several zeroes – to turn the pedestrian title of “offensive coordinator” into the “Andrew Luck Director of Offense.” With this, Stanford has endowed two positions on the football staff: David Shaw is more than just Stanford’s head coach; he’s the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football. Freeman, who earned his undergraduate degree in Palo Alto, was not a Heisman finalist.

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            Among Optimism, One Bastion of Negativity

            Twenty-five teams down, 99 to go. When you put it that way, it’s hard to find the light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps I’d be wise to take a cue from the triple-digit portion of this summer’s Countdown, which carries a different feel than in years past. I can think of one clear reason why: For many of the bottom 25, the coming season brings with it tremendous reason for optimism. Not optimism in the traditional sense – in the idea that despite the odds, a program feels it can challenge for a major breakthrough – but in the sense that come win, lose or draw, a program is playing with house money. This is somewhat a result of the four new F.B.S. programs that came off of the board in April: Texas-San Antonio, South Alabama, Texas State and Massachusetts.

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              Martin Takes the Keys to B.C.’s Offense

              Boston College is on its fourth offensive coordinator in two years. The first, Gary Tranquill, served in the position from 2009-10. He was replaced heading into last season by former Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers, who piloted the Eagles’ offense for two games before taking a health-related leave of absence on Sept. 12; he never resurfaced in Chestnut Hill, though Rogers was hired as Temple’s quarterbacks coach in February – his health issues are behind him, you’d think. Then there was Dave Brock, the tight ends coach who picked up Rogers’ duties over the final 10 games of last season.

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                No. 101: Boston College

                There is a disconnect from reality. This is clear when listening to athletic director Gene DeFilippo, who says things like, “I’m really excited about the future of Boston College football,” and “[Frank Spaziani] is the best coach that we’ve had in the 15 years that we’ve been here,” and “our future here is very, very bright.” Anyone who has witnessed the Eagles’ rapid decline can attest otherwise: Boston College’s future — with the program and athletic department as currently constituted — is strikingly bleak; Spaziani may be the only coach DeFilippo has seen in each of his 15 years with the university, and he may be the best defensive coordinator B.C. has had since Tom O’Brien remade the program, but no, to call him the “best coach” since 1997 ignores our own two eyes and those helpful items called facts, which state otherwise. The reality of this situation is that everything that was done has been undone, everything that was achieved has been forgotten, and Boston College football as it was is no longer Boston College football as it is. Excited about the future? Please.

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                  The Countdown

                  A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.