By Robert Gibson Telegraph Local_See My Blog
Boston College fired their head coach Steve Addazio after seven seasons with them.
Steve Addazio, 60 years of age, has a rich resume in coaching for elite teams. Before his two year stent with Temple University, he acquired six seasons on the offensive side with the Florida Gators. Urban Meyer (Florida’s head coach) used Steve on the offensive line, as a coordinator, and even right by his side in an assistant head coach role. They formed a powerful alliance winning two BCS Championship games in the 2007 and 2008 season.
In December 2009 Myers came clean to the public and his team of his declining health. He took a significant amount of time off to focus on his rehabilitation. Instead of placing Addazio as the head coach, the team made the move for Will Muschamp. This marked the end of Addazio’s time at Florida and, ultimately, the end of his BCS Championship winning abilities.
Addazio coached two years at Temple and then arrived in Boston in 2013. At this time, Boston was looking for a coach to take their losing ways and transform the school into something much better. Addazio’s resume stood out to Boston. A 13-11 season record and a New Mexico Bowl victory over Wyoming.
After three seasons and a horrific fourth, Boston fired head coach Frank Spaziani to make way for Addazio. He proved to Boston that this decision was worth the risk. He led the team to the first bowl game since 2010 with a 7-6 record. He duplicated this kind of success at least three times.
Along with great coaching came great players like AJ Dillon and Anthony Brown. Addazio placed great emphasis on raising his students with high morale and education that surpassed average. His favorite motto was: “It’s not about me.” During one press conference he said:
“All I cared about was getting this team to six wins and getting another month with them. And then watching what I watched,” he said after celebrating with his players in the locker room. “That was the greatest gift that I got. You want to talk about me? That was a great gift.”
For some reason Addazio was never able to get his program to surpass seven wins. More embarrassingly enough, the Eagles had the tendency to lose to beatable programs like Wake Forest or Kansas who were 3-9.
Despite their shortcomings, the program played their way back into a national picture. By winning seven of their first nine games, they returned into the Top 25 rankings for the first time in 10 years. Martin Jarmond had this to say about Addazio following the termination, quoted by Boston Globe:
“We thank Steve for his leadership on and off the field in guiding our football program the last seven years. He inherited a program that had a down stretch and led us to six bowl games while recruiting high-character student-athletes that represented BC the right way. Our student-athletes have been pillars of the community and in the classroom and that’s a credit to Steve and his staff. We wish Steve and his family well and thank him for his tenure in leading our football program.”
Addazio has always shown up, but has never truly shown out. He went 22-34 during his seven seasons in the ACC. Boston knew that in order to become competitive in the ACC, they need to acquire a head coach that can defeat more than just one ranked team (No.9 USC) comfortably.
It was obvious that finishing the season 6-6 and 4-4 in the league, wasn’t cutting it.