Addazio said all the right things when he was introduced. That he was committed to Temple, that he saw a future there.
“He did a terrific job of convincing people that he would be here for a long time,” Bradshaw said. “He did an exceptional job of selling that.”
Addazio stayed long enough to lead Temple to its first bowl victory in 32 years, transition the program from the Mid-American Conference back to the Big East, and left fingerprints all over the $10 million upgrade of the football facilities that was completed just as he left.
Bradshaw took nothing away from what Addazio was able to do there, saying, “The people who are most disappointed and the people who are bitter, too, I remind them where the program was seven years ago when Al got it and where it is now, and I told them, would you complain that we had to hire three coaches during that time? To a person, they would say, we don’t. Clearly, Al Golden for five years and Steve Addazio for two are responsible for getting us where we are today, despite all the emotions that might be included in that.”
But Addazio has plans for Boston College.
He’s been on the job for just under three weeks and already he’s called every new signing, hosted meet-and-greets with a handful of them, watched workouts, talked to returning players, and assembled a coaching staff.
In a five-day span, he made recruiting trips to Florida, Atlanta, Ohio, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
“We’re going to go recruit,” he said. “Recruiting is building relationships, it’s being out there.”
He’ll go to Philadelphia over Christmas to spend a couple days with his family, but just a couple.
Then it’s recruiting, training, and planning for the job he says he’s always wanted.
“I’ll be right back at it,” he said.
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