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FOOTBALL: Players React To Spaziani's Firing

Eagles Thank Spaziani, But Ready To Begin New Chapter

Asst. Sports Editor

Published: Sunday, November 25, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 18:01

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Daniel Lee / Heights Editor

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Both Divitto and Swigert are taking it upon themselves as rising seniors to lead this team during all of the chaos.

“We’re faced with a lot of turmoil, especially right now,” Swigert said. “We’ve had Spaz there ever since we walked on campus here as a group. Without him or whatever else is going to happen with our assistants or any of that I think it definitely rides on leadership and it’s the seniors’ job to almost be like a head coach of our own and police the lower players and be leaders so the head coach doesn’t have to do that much.”

Leadership and accountability among the players wavered at times during the 2012 season, but Divitto is ready to change that heading into the future.

“I think last year that was something we couldn’t really get a great grasp on,” Divitto said. “Our leadership wasn’t all there and we didn’t have everyone in the boat, but that’s something we are going to put an emphasis on and hopefully get everyone on the same page. That’s an exciting opportunity for me and the other guys and hopefully we end up being successful with that.”

Swigert thinks the offensive players, especially, should be ready for the change given the four offensive coordinators they’ve had in the past three seasons under Spaziani.

“I guess it’s nothing new,” Swigert said with a laugh. “It’s almost like we expect every year to have some type of change and I think everybody on our team can deal with it—obviously we’ve shown that. I have trust in Mr. Bates. I love the guy. I think he’s going to make a great decision. He’s going to set us up in a way that we can be successful if we really want to.”

Even before a new leader is selected, these seniors won’t waste any time getting this team ready for the new era.

“Our class is excited about the future,” Divitto said, “and the 2013 season has already started for us.”

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