Temple defensive back Abdul Smith tweeted, “At the end of [the] day these coaches only look out [for] themselves, they’ll sell [you] on a lie that only benefits them once everything is said [and] done.”
Later, Smith said he was happy for Addazio.
Defensive lineman Tommy Haddock, a recruit out of Montour High School in Pennsylvania, told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “I left Kent State for [Addazio] because I knew he was that guy that could change the program. And now, he left.”
Addazio met with his team at Temple at the same time Bates met with players at BC.
“It was very hard,” Addazio said. “You build relationships with players, and you build relationships with people and you’re invested and you feel like you’ve got a great future. You came off a season where you invested in a young football team and you feel like there’s great rewards.
“But the facts of the matter are this is a place that I always wanted to be, this was the job that Steve Addazio wanted to come to. I explained that to Temple, and I loved it at Temple.
“But when I said this was my dream job, this was my dream job. These opportunities . . . don’t come that easily.
“So while it’s very hard to do that — and I know in this world we’re in, coaches seem to bounce around — for me to stand here, I’m just telling you that’s the truth. That’s how I feel, that’s why I came here.
“That’s why I’m pretty emotional about being here, because there’s been a lot of time and a lot of dreams, and I’m here. It’s hard to believe.”
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