Three weeks ago, #17 Boston College was riding a three game win streak, two of which came against the Miami Hurricanes and the Virginia Tech Hokies. College Gameday was coming to the Heights. So was #2 Clemson. It was, by far, the biggest game of Steve Addazio’s tenure. Since going winless in ACC play in 2015, Steve Addazio’s seat had never been cooler and the “Fire Addazio” chants had never been quieter.
However, as Michael Scott would say, “my how the turntables.” After losing QB1 Anthony Brown early in the first quarter of their loss to the Tigers, the Eagles lost a heartbreaker, 21-20 to the Florida State Seminoles, and were blown out on Senior Day, 42-21, to the Syracuse Orange to push the losing streak to three, and those Fire Addazio chants are getting louder by the minute.
While it is mostly alumni who have been vocal on Twitter regarding Addazio’s status going forward, students too have been disgusted with his game management as of late. There was so much excitement surrounding the Clemson game and the state of the program as a whole, there was little doubt that Addazio was the right man to lead the program towards 9 and 10 win seasons for years to come. However, after the last few games, that sentiment has completely flipped, as fans would prefer nearly anyone BUT Addazio to lead the Eagles in 2019.
In order to capture the support and enthusiasm of the student body, Martin Jarmond should replace Addazio with a young, energetic coach to come in, who has the ability to get the student body more invested and excited about the football program. Building on the success that Daz has had on the field and on the recruiting trails would be crucial, but he would have the ability to build on the strong culture, continue to recruit, and get BC into the upper-echelon of the ACC year in and year out.
Overall, the student body would be happy if it felt like Jarmond replaced Addazio with someone who had the capability of building on the momentum Addazio has built. Consistently getting to seven wins is great compared to two or three wins, but the student body wants to see a top-25 team every year, competing with the top teams in the country.
While there would be a feeling of relief and there may be a new energy and hype around the program if a new coach was hired, it wouldn’t be until results are seen next year that the students would truly be able to judge their new head coach.