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Addazio meets the press
On Wednesday, December 5, Boston College Athletics hosted a mid-afternoon press conference in the Yawkey Center’s Barber Room to welcome the new head football coach, Steve Addazio, who replaces Frank Spaziani after 16 years at the University. Camera crews from five local television stations filmed from the back of the room, and Eagles All-Access media streamed the event live online. A dozen photographers lined the sides of the stadium-style room, and reporters, bloggers, administrators, alumni, football players, and staff occupied nearly all 122 seats. In his introductory remarks Athletic Director Brad Bates, himself just eight weeks on the job, said, “For those of you who haven’t met Steve, buckle up.”
Addazio, who joins the Eagles after a two-year, 13–11 record as Temple University’s head coach, roused the crowd from beside, behind, and in front of the podium for the next 20 minutes, declaring his intention to rebuild a team reeling from its worst season in 34 years. (“We’re going to have the toughest off-season we’ve ever had,” he said. “On defense . . . Bam! You go full throttle.”) He offered asides about his New England roots and talked about eating macaroni in the North End. Dressed like Bates in a black suit, white shirt, and maroon tie, Addazio mentioned “passion,” “energy,” “excited,” and “family” 35 times. “This is my dream job,” he said, and he recounted attending Boston College–Holy Cross games while a student at Central Connecticut State University, where he started as a lineman from 1978 to 1981.
An early barometer of the community’s interest in the new coach was provided by Twitter, as @BCCoachAddazio amassed 1,300 followers in three days.
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