Monday, December 24, 2012

Criticism of Steve Addazio

 From the comments section of yesterday's Boston Globe article about Steve Addazio:



It's appropriate that the Globe provided this story free on the Web for non-subscribers.  Simply, it is not worth the paper it is printed on.

This is your standard puff-piece, following the time-tested metropolitan daily handbook of welcoming a new head coach to town with a love letter that A) Glosses over his weaknesses; B) Features glowing testimonials from former players; C) Exaggerates his modest accomplishments; and D) Pledges his ever-dying love for his new employer.

I would hope that even Julian Benbow, the earnest author, realizes this is pure bullcrap.

This is the real Steve Addazio:

-- A man who inquired formally about the UConn job in 2011 NINE DAYS after he accepted the Temple position.

-- A man who interviewed for the Rutgers job prior to the 2012 off-season.  Apparently both of those were "dream jobs" also.

-- A coach who's 2011 season was a tremendous disappointment, despite the New Mexico Bowl victory which is now being touted as if if came with a Vince Lombardi Trophy.  The Owls were loaded in '11 with speed, size and depth (all recruited by Al Golden).  Instead, they did not beat a team in the MAC with a winning record, and languished in the bottom half of the East Division while Addazio flabbergasted the fanbase with an offense that had all the creativity of a tollroad ticket.  Only a late-season winning streak against the  bottom-feeders led to the Bowl and a post-season opponent (Wyoming) that had no right playing in a Bowl.

-- That led into the 2012 season, when most felt that Temple would likely struggle in the Big East.  And did it ever.  But even before a season-ending, five-game conference losing streak, it allowed nearly 500 yards of total offense to VILLANOVA, played flat at Penn State, and was absolutely shredded at home by a freshman quarterback from Maryland.  The Owls dominated Army.  In the other 10 games they were beaten to a pulp at the line of scrimmage, including both of their conference wins (South Florida, UConn...both gifts hand-wrapped by the opponent).

-- Oh, and let's not forget that Addazio, despite having his eye other jobs, kept badgering his AD to join the Big East.  The Owls made the deal with the devil (Meatball Marinatto), despite the fact that it never accomplished anything in the MAC and that anybody with two eyes could see the basketball portion of the BE disintegrating.  But the AD felt that Addazio -- that same fraud that Benbow portrayed lovingly at getting up pre-dawn to recruit in Western Mass -- would raise the profile of the school by convincing 4-star recruits in the Northeast to come to North Philadelphia.  Fat chance. And now basketball pays.  The school's signature program stuck in a conference with no future while its former home (the A10) thrives.

And, oh, by the way, the 2013 recruits that Addazio did get to pledge before be bolted Temple are currently rated as the worst class in the Big East.  The. Worst.

Oh, his new BC players will love Addazio at first. He'll fill up the Yawkey facility with more inspirational quotes than Tony Robbins, and he'll alternate between driving them hard and asking about their little sisters.  They will think and say all the right things leading into the season.  Then the games will begin and Addazio will run left on first down, right on second, and have get Rettig sacked or hurried on third.  Please just check YouTube at your leisure for what Florida fans thought about his offensive schemes.

If Addazio had never met Urban Meyer he would be selling Chevys in New Britain and volunteering coaching the local Pop Warner team.

5-7, 4-8, 6-7 (with a Bowl loss), 3-9.  The prediction for Addazio's four years at BC.

At least Spaziani had some character.

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