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December 6, 2012

Boston College hires Temple's Addazio as coach

BOSTON — New Boston College football coach Steve Addazio paced back and forth behind the podium. He waved his arms as he spoke. His voice got louder as he hammered home his points.

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“You’re going to get the best out of Steve Addazio, my family and my staff. I’m proud to be a Boston College Eagle, and I won’t let you down,” he said on Wednesday after being introduced to the media and the BC community.

“I’ve got drive and I’ve got energy. And I’ve got a passion for what I do, for these student-athletes and for Boston College. We’re one family, and together, we’re going to have success.

“Go Eagles.”

A Connecticut native who spent the last two years at Temple, Addazio said Boston College had been his dream job — even while he was working his way up through the coaching ranks at top-tier programs like Notre Dame and Florida.

“Dreams do come true,” he said. “I’ve been a lot of great places. All the people who knew me and the friends that I’ve worked with knew that I wanted to be here at Boston College.”

Addazio said he had conversations about the Boston College job the last time it was open, and he also talked to current BC athletic director Brad Bates about the coaching position at his previous job, Miami of Ohio. Bates, who has only been in Chestnut Hill for two months, said he had a list of names for potential openings and Addazio’s name quickly rose to the top; the hiring only took nine days.

Bates said the search was “thorough, meticulous and deliberate,” and he said he talked to executives and coaches in the NFL as well as other colleges and conferences. Addazio’s enthusiasm was one of the things that sold him on the hire.

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