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Steve Addazio Begins First Season as Boston College Head Coach With A Lot of Work to Do

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When Steve Addazio takes the field for the Boston College Eagles this September as their third head coach in the last five seasons, there certainly won’t be many lofty expectations that he’s expected to meet right off the bat. Addazio is beginning his tenure in Chestnut Hill by taking over a squad that finished last season an atrocious 2-10. But, the Eagles may have found the right man to turn all of that around–eventually.

Last year’s bottom-of-the-barrel finish was a far cry from where this program was back in 2007 and 2008. Although not being able to figure out the Virginia Tech Hokies in the conference’s championship game two years in a row, the Eagles enjoyed back-to-back seasons as the ACC Atlantic Division Champions.

From 2009-2012, however, the wheels gradually started to fall off. The records from ’09 on show as 8-5, 7-6, 4-8, and last year’s 2-10. For a program that at one point seemed poised to be a consistent player in the ACC, those dreams faded quickly. Now, Addazio is the man to step in and see if he can put the wheels back on the vehicle that is the Boston College football program.

With only two years of college head coaching experience under his belt, and those being the last two seasons with the Temple Owls, Addazio will be growing as a head coach just as he attempts to grow his program. This could wind up being either a positive or a negative. But with seemingly nothing to lose in this case, my vote would go to the former.

While not a head coach for very long, Addazio did spend significant time on Urban Meyer‘s staff at the University of Florida, which included both national championship seasons. Bringing that hard-nosed SEC style to his new gig could prove beneficial in the long run as it pertains to how the culture of the football program changes at Boston College. Time will tell on that one.

As far as 2013 goes, we’ve already covered the fact that Addazio is walking into a giant dumpster fire. Now, I know that I am supposed to provide you with some sort of in-depth analysis when I put these pieces together, but there’s really only one way to describe this program right now–HORRIBLE.

The quarterback play is wildly inconsistent, the offensive and defensive lines seem like they couldn’t push a tennis ball over a kitchen table, the defensive backs can’t cover, and special teams are non-existent. The linebacking corps was so-so, but with the loss of Luke Kuechly, who knows where they may end up this season.

No one human being at this point can put a finger on where Steve Addazio may have this program three or four years from now. Again, realistically, the only way he can go is up. Should they happen to go 1-11 this season or 0-12, no one is really going to differentiate that too far from 2-10.  Either way, again, this tenure is starting out as a nothing-to-lose situation, and that’s always dangerous.


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