|Boston College named Steve Addazio as the Eagles' next football coach.(US Presswire)|
Reports circulated on Tuesday that Boston College athletic director Brad Bates had found his man, but it was not any of the names we were hearing. After what CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler describes as a "late surge," Temple coach Steve Addazio emerged as the leading candidate to replace Frank Spaziani at Boston College. Just minutes after the word broke, the athletic director himself made it official.
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"Coach Addazio genuinely cares about his students and will facilitate their development in meaningful ways to create a family culture," Bates said in a statement. "He has a passion that is contagious and an energy that will motivate those fortunate to meet him.
"He is a proven winner with an extensive history of success as an assistant and head coach that includes two national championships."
Addazio went 13-11 in his two years as Temple, leading the Owls in the transition from the MAC to the Big East. Temple finished 9-4 in 2011, earning the program's first bowl victory since 1979. But the first year of Big East play was not as kind to the Owls, as they finished 4-7 with only two conference wins. He previously spent six seasons as an offensive assistant/offensive coordinator at Florida under Urban Meyer.
Two other reported candidates at the time of the announcement were Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer.
With Addazio, the Eagles get the guarantee of head-coaching experience as well as the energy and enthusiasm the program needs to bounce back from its steady decline. Boston College's slow slide from ACC Atlantic Division champions to 2-10 took a toll on the fan base, and Addazio displays the kind of fearless energy that it will need to bring the Eagles back to being regularly competitive. Addazio has strong ties in the Northeast and should be able to start bringing in a new crop of talent on the recruiting trail.
Boston College was bowl eligible every year from 1999-2010. Expecting ACC Atlantic titles right away might be unreasonable -- especially competing with Florida State and Clemson, but there is no reason the Eagles can't be bowling again on a regular basis.
Temple now must fill a head coaching vacancy after yet another apparent program builder leaves for the ACC. Addazio will join Miami coach Al Golden as former Owls coaches in the ACC for 2013.
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