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Tranquill retires from staff

GARY TRANQUILL Had hands full with offense GARY TRANQUILL
Had hands full with offense
By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / January 12, 2011

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As expected, Boston College offensive coordinator Gary Tranquill announced his retirement yesterday. Tranquill, who came out of retirement two years ago when his longtime friend Frank Spaziani was elevated to the head job at BC, said it was simply time to return to a more sedate life.

“It was a good run,’’ said Tranquill, who has known Spaziani since they were together as coaches at the Naval Academy almost 30 years ago. “There was a lot of hurry-up-and-wait, but I enjoyed working with those kids.’’

Spaziani expressed appreciation for what Tranquill did in his two years with BC.

“He was the right person at the right time,’’ said Spaziani. “I don’t know of anyone who had a tougher job than Gary did last year when he was asked to coach at this level without a quarterback who had taken one snap in a game. He is a classy and good coach and a good human being.’’

In 2009, Tranquill was given the chore of finding a starting quarterback from a group that included Mike Marscovetra and Dave Shinskie, neither of whom had taken a snap in college.

This season, Shinskie began as the starter but was replaced by a true freshman in Chase Rettig, and Tranquill again had to make adjustments and do some force-feeding of the offensive system.

Spaziani said he will begin a search for a replacement immediately, but it is likely that his top two choices will be tight ends coach Dave Brock and wide receivers coach Ryan Day.

“I’ll miss the games,’’ said Tranquill. “I won’t miss the other stuff.’’

Herzlich wins award Linebacker Mark Herzlich won the Rudy Award after missing a season with bone cancer, then returning to play his senior year. The award is given by the Rudy Foundation to a college football player who shows exemplary character, courage, contribution, and commitment. It is named for Daniel “Rudy’’ Ruettiger, a walk-on at Notre Dame and the subject of a 1993 movie.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.