If you’re reading this, it finally happened. Steve Addazio is no longer the head coach of your Boston College Eagles after what can only be described as a challenging season, per a report by Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel. It has since been confirmed by Boston College Athletics.
“I made a recommendation to Father Leahy to make a change in the leadership of our football program and he accepted my recommendation,” said Boston College Athletic Director Martin Jarmond. “We thank Steve for his leadership on and off the field in guiding our football program the last seven years. He inherited a program that had a down stretch and led us to six bowl games while recruiting high-character student-athletes that represented BC the right way. Our student-athletes have been pillars of the community and in the classroom and that’s a credit to Steve and his staff. We wish Steve and his family well and thank him for his tenure in leading our football program.”
Addazio was made coach at the start of the 2012 season, where he tried to right the ship after the disastrous Frank Spaziani era. Early results were promising, and Addazio turned a 2-10 team under Spaz to a 7-6 team immediately. Momentum looked to be on his side. A second 7-6 campaign the in 2014 saw more on-the-field improvement, including close losses to Clemson, FSU, and Penn State. But that momentum seemed to stop there. The 2015 season saw the team bottom out at the bottom of the ACC and waste the greatest defense in recent memory.
And since then, BC has just been kind of… meh. Short spurts of excitement and slight improvements on the recruiting trail have been outweighed by the lack of competition against top teams and consistently flawed game management. The excuses that were entertained in the first few years, such as lack of depth or youth, have worn thin. And that aforementioned momentum has all but vanished. It is time to move on.
I thank Steve for the good moments (and the memes). He has left his successor in a much better place than Spaz left him. And I wish both parties here success moving forward, with whoever and wherever that might be.
We’ll have more as this story develops.
This story has been updated to reflect Boston College’s release and statement.