According to a Sports Illustrated report, Boston College will promote wide receivers / passing game coordinator Todd Fitch to offensive coordinator. Fitch replaces Ryan Day, who left last month to become Chip Kelly's QB coach in Philadelphia.
Fitch came to the Heights along with Addazio in 2013, having previously served as the offensive coordinator at South Florida (2010-12), East Carolina (2007-09) and Connecticut (1996-98). The 49-year-old will begin his 29th year coaching in a career with stops at Ohio Wesleyan, his alma mater, Bowling Green, West Virginia, Colorado State, Connecticut, South Carolina, Iowa State, East Carolina, South Florida and now BC. The Bellaire, Ohio native played defensive back at Ohio Wesleyan from 1982-85, starting in his final three seasons and earning all-league honors as a senior.
At USF, Fitch helped quarterback B.J. Daniels amass 10,501 total yards and 77 touchdowns, finishing his career second on the all time Big East yardage leaders. Fitch also notably served as offensive coordinator at ECU during running back Chris Johnson's senior season.
As far as continuity candidates go, Fitch is as fine a selection as any given he's the only member of the current staff with former offensive play-calling experience. On National Signing Day, Addazio made it clear that the offensive identity of this team would not change with the coaching staff changeover and Fitch's experience with mobile quarterbacks should play well into that plan.
To replace Fitch, Addazio once again dipped into Class Triple-A Gainesville, tabbing former Gators running back coach Brian White as wide receivers coach. White, a coach of 28 years (same as Fitch), has an impressive resume that includes stops at Fordham, Notre Dame, UNLV, Nevada, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Washington and Florida. The Groveland, Massachusetts native also has play-calling experience, having served as the OC at Wisconsin (1999-06) and Syracuse (2006-07). White, a Harvard graduate, was a two-year letterman as starting quarterback for the Crimson (1985-86).
Overall, this appears to be a solid hire by Addazio. The third-year Eagles coach gets to keep a level of consistency with the offensive game plan while adding a staffer with some impressive coaching credentials as position coach. Leave your thoughts on the hire below.