CHESTNUT HILL – Two winter storms are about to hit the greater Boston area. One dust-up branched out and clobbered suburban Newton Sunday afternoon when Boston College fired head football coach Steve Addazio. The move came only a day after Addazio’s Eagles upset Pittsburgh, 26-19, to finish the regular season (6-6, 4-4 in ACC) and qualified for an upcoming post season bowl game.
Yahoo Sports and the Associated Press were first to report the firing but Boston College later issued a prepared statement on the move.
“I made a recommendation to Father Leahy to make a change in the leadership of our football program and he accepted my recommendation,” said BC 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.”
The college football coaching carousel began its annual turn Sunday and quite immediately after the regular season came to a close this weekend, with major colleges such as South Florida dismissing head coach Charlie Strong and Missouri’s firing of coach Barry Odom and Rutgers re-hiring former coach Greg Schiano for a reported eight-year, $32 million second stint. The Boston College move came quite abruptly over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, signaling the decision had been made days ago.
After Addazio led the Eagles to their sixth bowl bid in his seven years at the helm, it was expected the coach would be given the opportunity to serve in 2020-21, the second year of his extension. However, his 44-44 overall record in his seven-year tenure was not enough to keep the coach up the Heights.
Boston College will reportedly name wide receivers coach Rich Gunnell as interim coach for the yet-to-be-determined bowl game.
Although several names immediately surfaced for consideration as Boston College’s next head coach. Jarmond, with ties to Ohio State, is strongly considering Al Washington, the Buckeyes’ current linebackers coach.