Six degrees of Steve Addazio

Now that Temple coach Steve Addazio gets his shot to coach in the Big East, let's take a look at all the fun connections he has to the league.

Paul Pasqualoni: Addazio got his first assistant coaching job at Western Connecticut State in 1984, serving as an assistant under then-coach Paul Pasqualoni. He then coached for Pasqualoni at Syracuse from 1995-98. Pasqualoni is now the head coach at UConn, and Addazio has called his former boss one of his biggest mentors.

Connecticut: There are so many ties to the state. Addazio is a Cheshire, Conn., native. He played at Central Connecticut State; he served as the head coach at Chesire High School (Pasqualoni also served as an assistant there in the 1970s); and he was an assistant at Indiana when the Hoosiers played the Huskies at the first game ever at Rentschler Field in 2003. He also reportedly had an interest in the vacant UConn job last year.

Syracuse: His son, Louie, is a tight end on the Orange football team. "We already started that teasing back and forth," Steve Addazio said. 'He said, Dad, I can't talk to you that week.'"

Louisville: Addazio served on the same staff with Louisville coach Charlie Strong, defensive coordinator Vance Bedford and running backs coach Kenny Carter at Florida, under Urban Meyer.

South Florida: The Bulls will get their first glimpse of receiver Chris Dunkley, who began his career at Florida when Addazio was still on staff.

Cincinnati: During the week of the 2010 Sugar Bowl, it was announced that Addazio would become interim head coach at Florida while Meyer took a leave of absence for health reasons. Addazio, the offensive coordinator, coached Tim Tebow in his final game in a Gators uniform to the tune of a 51-24 victory against the previously undefeated Bearcats. Tebow threw for a career-high 482 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Cincinnati had an interim head coach of its own, as Jeff Quinn led the team following Brian Kelly's departure for Notre Dame.