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Spaziani picks a coordinator

BC offensive reins handed to Martin

DOUG MARTIN Couldn’t pass it up DOUG MARTIN Couldn’t pass it up
By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / December 23, 2011
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Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani has been on the recruiting trail, looking to upgrade a roster that produced a 4-8 season this fall. But yesterday he took care of one administrative issue that had been pending, naming Doug Martin the Eagles’ new offensive coordinator.

Technically, the position had been open since Kevin Rogers took a medical leave of absence in September. In the interim, Spaziani had moved tight ends coach Dave Brock to offensive coordinator for the remainder of the season, while making it clear the job was open and he would consider candidates from inside and outside the program.

Before hiring Martin, the offensive coordinator at New Mexico State this season and the head coach at Kent State from 2004-10, Spaziani talked to Virginia running backs coach Mike Faragalli about the job, and considered North Carolina offensive coordinator John Shoop.

“Coach Spaziani and I had gotten to know each other over the last few years when I was at Kent State [the Eagles beat the Golden Flashes in 2008, ’09, and ’10],’’ said Martin by telephone yesterday from New Mexico, after a quick trip to Boston Wednesday to seal the deal.

“I’m real excited about it. Boston College has a great tradition and it was an opportunity no one could pass up. There is a lot talent at BC. At QB, they have a couple of kids [Chase Rettig and Josh Bordner] who are ready to step up. I hope to be back in Boston ready to go right after the first of the year.’’

Martin, 48, came to Kent State as offensive coordinator in 2003 after spending 11 seasons as an assistant at East Carolina, the final seven as offensive coordinator. He took over as head coach at Kent State in 2004 and remained until resigning to take the job as offensive coordinator at New Mexico State.

Spaziani hopes Martin will bring stability to the position. He will be BC’s fourth offensive coordinator in less than a year.

There could be more staff changes in the next few weeks. Special teams coach Mike Dawson resigned Wednesday, and Brock’s status remains uncertain.

Mark Blaudschun can be reached at blaudschun@globe.com.

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