- Pope Francis named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’
- Ben Affleck: Fundraising for Democrats started to ‘feel gross’
- Vladimir Putin orders military to boost presence in Arctic
- Brooklyn, N.Y.: ‘Lesbian capital’ of the Northeast
- Elian Gonzalez: It’s America’s fault that my mother died
- India top court rules homosexuality is illegal
- Aaron Hernandez, ex-Patriot, on prison life: ‘I’m way less stressed in jail’
- Man pulled from water believed to be disgraced D.C. cop
- Kabul airport hit by suicide bomber who targeted NATO gate
- Space probe on course to land on mile-wide comet
Boston College hires Addazio away from Temple
He didn’t have to wait long to use it.
“Any athletic director has a list of names that they’re perpetually following,” Bates told reporters after meeting with the football team to tell them of the new hire. “What you’re trying to do is match with the perfect fit. Not every great coach is a great fit for Boston College at this time.”
A Connecticut native who also worked at Notre Dame and Florida, Addazio went 13-11 in two seasons with the Owls since taking over for Al Golden. He replaces Spaziani, who was fired after four consecutive seasons of worsening records and two straight years without a bowl appearance.
Addazio, who is scheduled to be introduced at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, was given a six-year contract; financial terms were not disclosed.
“I’ve only been here six weeks. I’m looking for a partner who I can be joined at the hip with,” Bates said. “This is a guy who grew up in the Northeast and has dreamed about being at Boston College.”
Spaziani was fired after going 22-29 in four-plus seasons as head coach and 16 overall at BC.
Addazio, 53, led the Owls to a 9-4 record in 2011 and their first bowl win in 32 years _ a 37-15 victory over Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl. A school-record three Owls were selected in the 2012 NFL draft: running back Bernard Pierce in the third round, tight end Evan Rodriguez in the fourth, and linebacker Tahir Whitehead in the fifth.
Nine other players from the Class of 2012 signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents, another school record.
But this season the Owls went 4-7 (2-5 Big East) after leaving the Mid-American Conference and returning to the conference that booted them out in 2004.
“Steve Addazio has done a tremendous job with Temple football in his two years at the university, and we wish him nothing but the best,” Owls athletic director Bill Bradshaw said. “Temple football has never been stronger, and I am confident we will be able to attract a high-level pool of candidates for the position and the program will continue its upward momentum.”
Before going to Temple, Addazio was also the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Florida under Urban Meyer. Addazio was on the Gators’ staff when they won BCS National Championships in 2006 and `08.
Addazio also worked at Indiana, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Western Connecticut State. He is a graduate of Central Connecticut State, where he was a four-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines.
“This is a well-connected guy in the football community,” Bates said, adding that he had only spoken generally to Addazio about assistant coaches. “He’s going to have an amazing collection of coaches that he can assemble.”
By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
- Teen thugs in DC run wild -- even while wearing GPS ankle bracelets
- New budget accord saves $23 billion -- after $65 billion spending spree
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
- VEGAS RULES: Harry Reid pushed feds to change ruling for casino's big-money foreigners
- CARSON: Why did the founders give us the Second Amendment?
- Gov't Motors: Obama fudges math on auto bailout, $15 billion loss for taxpayers
- Somber duty: U.S. presidents in hot demand at Mandela's memorial
- FITTON: A closer look at the Benghazi lie
- American bourbon now better than Scottish whiskey: U.K.-born expert
- LAMBRO: The dark lining to the silver cloud of Obamanomics
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Helping the YOUniverse conspire on your behalf.
A column dedicated to discussing politics, national security, civil liberties, and education.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
The “Silver Tsunami” created by aging Baby Boomers is hitting America. Let’s explore how we adjust to it, enjoy it and defy negative expectations about age.
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow