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Irish Insights


View from BC

Boston College coach Frank Spaziani was part of the Eagles' coach staff for four victories in Notre Dame Stadium.

The Irish's home stadium is a venue Spaziani told reporters he likes to go to, although the leaving can be difficult. Spaziani's lone trip to Notre Dame as head coach in 2009 ended with a 20-16 loss.

"It's just a great venue to take a football team into," said Spaziani, who is in his third year as the Eagles head coach and 15th year at BC overall. "It's not always the best venue to bring a football team out of, but it's fantastic. It's a great place, obviously, because of their tradition and what they've done. They seem to have rekindled that."

Spaziani says he sees the No. 24 Irish (7-3) returning to the stature they have had historically, and he has brought up the tradition and what Notre Dame has meant to college football.

"Notre Dame, for us guys that have been around a little bit longer than some of our players, has a little different meaning. They're back," Spaziani said. "They're back to where they were when we used to go out there a few years ago.

"We mentioned to them what the tradition is. I think they know and understand it. But when you have a lot of young kids on your team, you never should assume anything. So we make them aware of that. But once again, it's the players that they need to be aware of."

Boston College (3-7) has struggled this season, but the Eagles have won two of their last three games with wins over North Carolina State last weekend and Maryland on Oct. 29.

"It says our players understand what the task at hand is every year," Spaziani said of the recent wins. "They understand that it's what we expect of them. They are what they are, players playing as hard as they can.

"Once again, we have no excuses for anything. Given your maximum effort is just the way it's supposed to be. So we're really proud that they've been able to do that, having said that, they're going to have to muster that up again here this week."