After a long courtship, Bates gets his man

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.

© 2012, Mark. All rights reserved.

  20 comments for “After a long courtship, Bates gets his man

  1. MaroonNGold
    December 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Hard to argue with the points BCAlum2000 made.

    Also, I’m glad that RickB saw the merit behind the idea that our “leader” must go.

    And what has happened with the Trustees?

    As CEO, this guy is responsible for all that happens there . Millions of dollars in at least two sports are squandered as a result of stupid firing decisions.

    And, IMHO, this guy has put BC in a poor PR position by the lies and deception that other schools perceive have happened here since his arrival.

    Just how far we have fallen is shown by the caliber of people we have had to hire as AD, football and hoops coaches.

    Ask yourselves this: can you imagine ANY top tier school having to “settle” for the kind of hires (AD, football and hoops) we now have?

    I am stunned that we would hire a coach who tried to ditch Temple a month after getting that job – and then again after one year there. (To say nothing of the fact that we twice declined to make him HC in the past.)

    What do they think he’ll do to us if given the chance?

    I wish I knew the sure answer for football and hoops. Financially, we can’t keep on firing coaches and then owing them millions to not coach. And then extorting top shelf prices to see pitiful performances.

    So, they give us the usual BS about a new start, etc, in hopes that we will fall in line again like the sheep they think we are.

    There comes a point – now – where we all wake up and grasp the dynamics.

    Painful though it may be, perhaps the only message this guy will get is if we JUST SAY NO to their pitch for ticket sales and also to donations to the school.

    A school with the quality of BC needs a dynamic leader who can both inspire and be trusted.

    In the meantime, we suffer. Thank God for Jerry York!

  2. Rick B
    December 5, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Mark on another note, can you do an in depth article on the state of the BC basketball team? I would have thought Donahue’s rebuilding project would be a better position in year three. Plus, after he was hired everyone claimed it was a “grand slam” hire and yet the results don’t show it. Thanks.

    • BCAlum2000
      December 5, 2012 at 8:33 am

      Donahue, while a nice guy, has been a complete and utter failure. There is no sugar-coating that. Basketball is infinitely easier to turn-around compared to football. Never mind the fact that basketball only needed to be turned around because Napolean Gene fired Big Al and we lost what was a pretty good recruiting class never mind all the player transfers. I guess Big Al’s slide from 20 wins every year to 15 for a couple years was just too much to bear. So we replace him with an Ivy League coach who has recruited complete garbage (outside of Anderson), has had player defections galore, and now a couple years in to this “rebuilding” project, manages to lose to a Harvard team (BC’s 5th straight loss to them) that suspended its two best players for the entire season, a few weeks after losing to frickin BRYANT!!!

      Leadership, or lack there of comes from the top. Leahy does not care about athletics. Thats why he let Napolean Gene stick around so long despite his despotic ways and more importantly, his pitiful results. The Bates hire was tantamount to giving up which is now further reinforced by terrible hires like Adazzio. Not to worry though, I am sure “character” guy Adazzio wont bail on BC the way he tried to after just a month on the job at Temple and then successfully after his second year there and his impressive 4-7 record.

  3. MaroonNGold
    December 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Can there now be ANY doubt that Leahy is de-emphasizing BC sports?

    This hire is an embarrassment.

    We get a guy who (1) we twice rejected in the past; (2) showed his lack of loyalty by trying to jilt Temple TWICE: after a month on staff, and then after a year there?

    What kind of character does this guy have?

    BC should be charged with grand larceny for asking anyone to pay money to see its football or basketball games.


    • Rick B
      December 5, 2012 at 8:18 am

      I thought you were a little nuts with your rants about Leahy but now I see that you are 100% correct. What a disaster of a hire. Heck, why not let Spaz try one more year? Why hire the bizzaro-Spaz? This has been an absolute flop.

  4. bc02eagle
    December 4, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Mark, do you know if Disco was offered the job and turned it down? My assumption is that BC went cheap. Maybe they offered Disco but low balled him based on the fact that his is a coordinator making 400-500k (BC probably offered him $1.2 or around that) and he wanted in the $2 m neighborhood so they said scores it. Let’s get addazio. He’ll take that offer. Typical BC…

    • Mark
      December 5, 2012 at 12:13 am

      I don’t know the details of what happened yet.

  5. BCAlum2000
    December 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I’m done with BC. Eff Father Leahy who was always a clown. This is the same guy who when he was hired said his main priority was landscaping. BC has chased off every decent coach they have ever had except York, and what do we have to show for it? A toilet football program and a toilet basketball program. This hire is a joke. BC had the chance to make a real splash and generate some real hype with a hire of a guy like Diaco. Instead they chose 2009’s “it” coach who has been a failure as a head coach. Oh wait, cue up the “he had MAC talent in the Big Least” excuse for why terrible Temple went 4-7 this year in the pathetic Big Least. That argument works great except for the fact that the Big Least is worse than the MAC! Donahue is a disaster. Stache Part 2 is a bigger disaster. Cheap ass BC once again getting what it pays for. Yet of course that doesnt stop them from calling/mailing/emailing me monthly asking for money. Eff you.

  6. Joe Crum
    December 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Fuck this. BC just lost me for good. And the Don just got his ass kicked by Harvard again. Let the good times roll.

  7. Paul kenney
    December 4, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    if i’m pitt i’m terrified that i might be looking for my 4th coach in 4 years!!

    paul chryst might hear the madison clarion call!!

    hope not – he’s a great hire by pitt – but pittsburgh is not home! pk

  8. Jason
    December 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    As an alum I am hoping for the best but it is hard to get terribly enthusiastic about this hire. 13-11 the last two years in a relatively easy conference, having inherited a pretty good situation from Al Golden, is not exactly the kind of resume I was anticipating seeing in a new HC.
    Also, I don’t know what it says about a guy if it is true that he was looking to leave his last job literally almost immediately, and seemed to get turned down a fair bit for jobs that seemed like a good fit.
    I doubt this hire will move the needle much in terms of exciting the fan base or revving up recruiting. This hire makes me think that coaches out there don’t think the BC job is nearly as attractive as I assumed it was.
    I will be so disappointed in Bates and BC if Diaco leaves ND for a reclamation project somewhere in a situation like BC and really excels and turns the whole thing around.

  9. jeffrey maciejowski
    December 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Boy….was he under the radar. But, in retrospect, maybe he shouldn’t have been. If he was hired after O’Brien or Jags…..many fans would have been pleased. He certainly has a very successful coaching backgrouns and is a good recruiter….which is 75% of the job. But, I don’t think he will excite the fans base and sell tickets like a Golden or Diaco would. I hope that money didn’t prevent Diaco or Golden from turning down the job…if it did…..shame on Fr. Leahy……

  10. Teddy
    December 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Awful hire. Does anyone wonder why he “lobbied” for all of those other jobs and didn’t come close to any of them? I am a Temple Graduate School Alum- his offense was predictable and not innovative. Ultra Conservative. Trending downward after inheriting a great situation from Al Golden.

    I am a BC 91 Alum too and suggest this:

    Lets Drop Football because I dont care anymore and by the looks of Alumni Stadium and the placement of ESPN, no one else does either. With this hire we have cemented the fact that when the ACC craters, we won’t get a seat at the “Big Boy Table” anyway, so let’s not wait.

    We get to bring back the coaches that helped lead to the cancer that destroyed what Tom O’Brien and Jags Built. Sweet!

    Shame on Brad Bates for getting us all excited. Fire him too and hurry up and make Jerry York the AD. Be honest. Admin doesn’t care, doesn’t want to invest in facilities or coaches and the end result is that we put a lousy product on the field when the larger, more prominent programs are doing it better. If you stand still, you get left behind.

    So drop football and keep an eye on dropping down to Division 2 in Basketball (see Bryant loss, among others)

    By the way, are we losing to Harvard yet?

  11. Joe Pec
    December 4, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Yeah I mean after all this is the guy that hired Don Treadwell at Miami of Ohio……….oh wait a minute.

    Just a question——who exactly hires a guy off a 4-7 season where he loses 5 of his last 6 ?

    • SectionT
      December 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      by an avg. of 25 I might add……

  12. Dennis
    December 4, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Mark-No disrespect but you missed this one. Your sources were way off base here. You reported Diaco and Kromer, with Al Golden an outside chance….not even close. I think this was an economic hire in that Coach Dazz is not being paid $2M to coah this team. he is probably getting about $1.2M.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he took the majority of his staff with him and retained a few of the guys on the BC staff. At the end of the day it would look like BC circa 2009 but with a younger coach. I think Addazio can doa good job but this confirms for me that BC is not inteested in becoming the Stanford of the East. They just want to be an 8-4 program and don’t aspire to do anything more. Based on your article, it looks like Addazxio is an opportunist and will stay at BC for about 3 years, assuming he gets the prgram from 2-10 to say 7-5. He will then go on to the next destination.

    As for Bates, he made a safe hire and for all his outward enthusiasm, this hire does not inspire. It looks like a Fr. Leahy special. Ever to be competitive but let’s not let those graduation rates fall!! I think Bates is a run of the mill AD who may be adecent guy but is no visionary.

  13. Kegan
    December 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    What happened to the first article on the three candidates? Yeah……… I like you but you should get new sources….

    • Mike
      December 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Seems like all the blogs out there had the same 3 finalists and none were Addazio.

  14. Alex
    December 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    For BC fans expecting a winning program….the fight goes continues.

    • Ben Dover
      December 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Well done. For Blauds and his sources…the fight goes continues

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