Brad Bates checked his list. He talked to his college sources. He talked to people he knew from the National Football League. He looked at head coaches. He looked at young, aggressive coordinators such as Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco.
But in the end, it came down to a question of comfort, someone who Bates thought could fit in well with the Boston College environment he has been a part of since he became the athletic director in October, coming to BC from Miami of Ohio.
Bates toyed with the idea of hiring a former Miami of Ohio player and assistant coach in Aaron Kromer, but became concerned with the 12 year gap from his last position as a college assistant, as well as a lack of head coaching experience. He thought hard about hiring Diaco, winner of the Broyles Award this season as the best assistant coach in college football and part of Brian Kelly’s staff at Notre Dame, which will play in the BCS title game against Alabama next month.
And then Bates went back in his memory bank a few years to when he was looking for a new coach at Miami of Ohio and went after Addazio, who was then on Urban Meyer’s staff at Florida and was regarded as one of the top assistants in college football.
Addazio balked at the move, feeling that he was ready to take over a program at a school from one of the six BCS conferences.
Addazio, who grew up in Connecticut, had almost come back to New England when Tom O’Brien left to go to North Carolina State six years ago. But BC hired Jeff Jagodinzki. Two years later, the BC job opened again and Addazio again was interested. BC hired Frank Spaziani.
Two years ago when Meyer retired at Florida, Addazio went after the job as Meyer’s replacement. But AD hired Will Muschamp.
It was time for Addazio to move on as well. Two years ago when Al Golden went from Temple to Miami, Addazio went after the job and was hired by Temple AD Bill Bradshaw. A month later, Randy Edsall left UConn to take a job at Maryland and Addazio made a belated effort to leave Temple less than a month after he was hired, but former UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway rejected the effort and hired Paul Pasqualoni.
Last season, following a 9-4 year in his first season at Temple,Addazio was again looking when the Rutgers job opened when Greg Schiano headed to the National Football League as the coach at Tampa. Addazio was one of the three finalists for that job, which went to Kyle Flood.
This season, following a 4-7 fall back season at Temple, Addazio, no doubt concerned about the status of the Big East, again looked back to New England. Bates was still interested and when Spaziani was fired after a 2-10 season, Bates made the call to Addazio, who accepted the offer.
The irony of this, of course, will be if Addazio brings his staff at Temple with him, a staff which includes former BC wide receiver coach Ryan Day and former offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers, who were both on Spaziani’s staff .
BC will hold a press conference at Wednesday to formally introduce Addazio.
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