According to Mark Blaudschun, Boston College coach Steve Addazio is set to retain current BC defensive coordinator Bill McGovern as the Eagles' linebackers coach. McGovern recently completed his 16th season on the Boston College football staff -- four as defensive coordinator (2009-12), nine as linebackers coach (2000-08) and three as defensive backs coach (1994-96). The New Jersey native spent the 1997-99 seasons as the Pitt Panthers' defensive backs coach.
Per the report, Addazio likes McGovern's ties to New Jersey. A four year starter at defensive back for Holy Cross, McGovern grew up in Oradell, New Jersey and attended Bergen (N.J.) Catholic. Of the Eagles' current 2013 recruiting class, McGovern is credited with recruiting three-star WR Charles Callinan (St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City).
If the report is true, McGovern would make two former Spaz assistants on Addazio's staff -- joining new offensive coordinator Ryan Day. Because things were working so well before under Spaz?
While I am on board with the Day hire, I remain very skeptical about Addazio retaining McGovern. While I'm appreciative of McGovern's contributions to the BC program over the years, this program needs some new blood and fresh ideas -- particularly on defense. Of all the coaches on the current staff, McGovern was most closely tied to Spaz. McGovern would also be taking what amounts to a demotion, which can't be great for staff cohesion.
Bates touted Addazio as being a "well connected guy in the football community" when it comes to assembling a staff with a diverse skill set. So why does it feel like he is assembling a staff solely from a combination of the current BC and Temple coaching staffs?
Speaking of defensive coordinators, Temple is set to hire New York Giants assistant offensive line coach Matt Rhule as the program's next head coach on Monday. That could pave the way for Temple defensive coordinator Chuck Heater, who interviewed for the vacant Temple HC position, to join Addazio and replace McGovern as DC on the Heights.