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Former Boston College football players shared stories critical of Steve Addazio

A former Heisman Trophy finalist said Addazio wouldn't shake his hand.

Boston College running back Andre Williams in 2013. AP Photo/Elise Amendola

In the wake of Steve Addazio being fired as head coach of the Boston College football team, it appears that a pair of former players weren’t thrilled with his leadership of the program.

Addazio’s time as the Eagles’ coach officially came to an end on Sunday. Shortly afterward, two ex-Eagles revealed less-than-flattering accounts of the fired coach on Twitter. One was former running back Andre Williams:

After initially proclaiming his excitement following the news of Addazio’s removal, Williams elaborated:

Williams hit his peak for BC during Addazio’s first season as coach. He ran for 2,177 yards and scored 18 touchdowns, becoming a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.


Another former BC player during Addazio’s tenure shared a story that went even further in its criticism.

Josh Keyes, a BC linebacker from 2011-2013, tweeted a story saying there an attempt to ban him from attending games over a negative Facebook comment he’d made about Addazio.

Keyes also accused BC football under Addazio of trying to get him cut from the Falcons during his time with the team in 2016.

In seven seasons as coach, Addazio compiled a 44-44 record, including a 1-3 mark in bowl games. Several candidates have emerged as potential long-term successor to Addazio. In the short term, the team will be led by interim coach Rich Gunnell.


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