Strongly considered by Boston College for the open coaching position in 2008, emergency surgery on the knee of then-Florida Gators offensive coordinator Steve Addazio kept him from interviewing for the job.
There were no such hitches, only four years later, for either party.
Unless you count the last four years of Boston College football under Frank Spaziani a ‘hitch’.
Addazio is now tasked with jump-starting a team that limped to a 2-10 overall mark before Spaziani was kicked to the curb.
‘The Daz’ spent the last two seasons at Temple, another East Coast school, going 13-11 and helping the the program make the transfer from the MAC to the Big East.
It is, according to sources, Addazio’s familiarity with the East Coast in general that gave him the edge in BC’s coaching search. Besides his time with Temple, Addazio has spent time as an assistant at Syracuse, Notre Dame, Indiana and the aforementioned Florida. He managed to recruit Dwight Freeney to Syracuse and Aaron Hernandez to Florida.
He has always had a great time of relating to his student-athletes, but almost purely because of his fiery nature. Members of the Gators who got themselves pumped up to his pregame speeches took to calling him Vitamin Addazio.
Addazio had better have taken his vitamins in heading to professional sports-obsessed Boston. Spaziani, after spending 12 years consecutively as an assistant with Boston College, finally got his nod at the lead job and he promptly flamed out. His four-year mark was 21-29. His program progressively regressed to the point where is had become practically unwatchable in 2012, and Addazio will thus be forced to combat fan apathy as well as a dearth of talent across the board.
Boston College is about to receive a dose of Vitamin Addazio. It remains to be seen whether or not such medicine does the trick.
Sources: Sports Illustrated