Florida Gators Should Regret Not Retaining Steve Addazio

By Bryan Zarpentine
Steve Addazio
Greg M. Cooper – USATODAY Sports

With all the struggles the Florida Gators have been through over the past three seasons under head coach Will Muschamp , it may be hard for Florida fans to not wonder what could have been if the school had stuck with former offensive coordinator Steve Addazio when Urban Meyer left three years ago.

Addazio was much maligned towards the end of his time at Florida, but he has turned out to be a more-than-capable head coach who could have been an easy transition from Meyer and continued what Meyer had built in Gainesville.

When Muschamp was hired at Florida and Addazio left, he became the head coach of the Temple Owls, where he put together a 13-11 record in two seasons. That might not seem like an exemplary tenure, but it is considering that Temple is one of the toughest head coaching jobs in the country. If you can have success at Temple, you can succeed just about anywhere.

Just ask Al Golden, who spent four years with the Owls, winning 17 games over his final two seasons there before bringing the Miami Hurricanes close to national relevance amidst a serious NCAA violation.

Addazio is currently in his first year as head coach of the Boston College Eagles. He has taken a team that won two games last season and turned them into a 7-5 team that held their own in the ACC and is going to a bowl game. This has been one of the most impressive turnarounds in college football this season, leaving no question regarding Addazio’s ability as a head coach.

Many Florida fans blamed Addazio for the team’s struggles in 2010, when they went just 4-4 in SEC play. However, that season can be looked at as an aberration during Meyer’s sensational six-year tenure that included two national championships, as the 2010 season was plagued by uncertainty over Meyer’s health and future.

It wasn’t necessarily a distinct possibility at the time, but perhaps the Gators should have given strong consideration to handing the reins over to Addazio when Meyer left. The offensive philosophy would have remained the same, and the Gators would be in good shape to continue their brilliance on that side of the ball, allowing them to continue competing for the SEC championship on a yearly basis.

While Addazio has found success since leaving Florida, Meanwhile, the Gators have sputtered over the last three years, putting Muschamp squarely on the hot seat. Florida clearly didn’t know what they had in Addazio, and they should be regretting not giving him a chance to take over as head coach right about now.

Bryan Zarpentine is a New York Mets writer at RantSports.com. Like him on Facebook, follow him on twitter @BZarp and add him on Google.

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