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He was promoted to offensive coordinator at Florida in 2009, but this season he became the target of criticism by fans and media as the Gators slipped to 7-5 and finished ranked 80th in the nation in yards per game.

Temple finished 8-4 this season, including wins over Big East champion Connecticut and Army, but was not selected for a bowl. The Owls have 14 starters returning next year, including running back Bernard Pierce.

Addazio sees Temple as a place where top players should want to be.

“My message is make it a destination to be at Temple,” said Addazio. “Don’t be passing through.

“I’ve been a lot of places and had some opportunities before that weren’t right. But now I’m honestly living my dream.”