According to a report published today by the websiteFootball Scoop, the University of Michigan may be interested in Boston College head coach Steve Addazio. The site names among others that the Wolverines have "checked with sources" on Addazio. This comes just days after Michigan fired Brady Hoke after a disastarous 2014 campaign in which the Wolverines went 5-7.
Addazio, who is now known for turning a 2-10 Boston College program into a program with two winning seasons in a row, and who also helped produce a Heisman Trophy candidate in Andre Williams his first year, may be an attractive candidate in Ann Arbor. Just looking at his record you might think that he wouldn't be a name thrown in the ring for a job like Michigan, but look at who Nebraska just hired. Mike Riley took the Beavers to a 5-7 record, but the Huskers were looking for an attitude change from Bo Pelini, and felt he would be able to do that. Addazio clearly has a track record of doing that now. Also, Riley was able to recruit well and maximize talent at a school not known for producing that kind of talent, sort of like what Addazio is doing at Boston College.
It's a little premature to worry at this point though. There are numerous signs that Addazio won't be the choice at Michigan. The article gives two names that are top among most lists to be the next head coach. The two names that are getting the most attention are Kyle Whittingham of Utah and Greg Schiano, formerly of Rutgers. Whittingham appears to be the favorite at this point, but Schiano is getting a lot of traction from some insiders. Combine that with Colin Cowherd saying that he already knows who it's going to be, and that "Michigan fans are going to love it"...no offense to Addazio, but at this point I can't imagine that is him. On the other hand, Cowherd could be pulling this out of his butt. Who knows.
Eagles fans, now we have a coaching search to keep an eye on. It's just a testament of the kind of coach we have if a program like Michigan is truly trying to poach him. At this point it seems a little far-fetched, but who knows, weirder things have happened.