You want passion, Boston College?
You got it.
You want unending stores of energy, Boston College?
You got it.
You want a well-respected and heavily connected recruiter in the Northeast, Boston College?
You got it.
New BC athletic director Brad Bates nailed his hire of Steve Addazio on Tuesday, giving a football program in major need of revitalization a major jolt. Addazio is a barrel through the wall at 100 miles per hour kinda guy, and, well, that is exactly what the Eagles need if they want to restore their winning tradition.
Nobody needs to be reminded of how far this program has fallen in recent years. Going 2-10 at a school that played for an ACC title just five years ago is simply unacceptable, and everybody knows it. Boston College has had its share of winning seasons in recent years -- having gone to 12 straight bowl games between 1999-2010. This recent dip is an anomaly, not the norm.
Consider that BC only had five losing seasons dating back to its first year in a conference, 1991, until this recent two-year stretch.
The right coach can win at Boston College. Addazio is the right coach. He is from Connecticut, and coached high school football in Connecticut. He went to college in Connecticut. He coached at Syracuse. His ties to New England are extensive, and date back 28 years. When he was hired at Temple two short years ago, he pointed to the Northeast as a huge reason why he took the job.
He said he was home.
Now he moves a few hours north to bring his brand of football to the Eagles. You will hear plenty from Addazio about being tough, about playing physical, about winning the line of scrimmage. He wants a power run game with a spread attack, too, and a defense that is aggressive and constantly comes at you.
That is who he is, and that is what he knows. There is not one coach who will question the physicality his Temple teams played with the last two seasons.
There will be those who point to his record this season (4-7) and wonder if this is the right hire. There will be those who bring up the criticism that trailed him at Florida in his final season there as offensive coordinator. But the reality of the situation is Temple had MAC players going against Big East players this season. Laugh at the Big East, but the league provides a step up in competition. And the Owls did not finish as the worst team in the league.
At Florida, he had an untenable situation his final year there, with a head coach who had quit, then un-quit and left most in the program scratching their heads about where they were headed.
Addazio has the fire and moxie that Boston College needs to turn this program around. He has the connections that are needed to turn this program around. Everything points to this being a home-run hire. Don't forget that Bates saw Addazio first-hand when the Owls were still in the MAC, and Bates was at Miami (Ohio).
Now we'll see if Addazio can hit his opportunity out of the park.