Addazio takes Boston College job

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Syracuse tight end Louis Addazio, the son of Temple coach Steve Addazio, is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)

A Temple source confirmed a Sports Illustrated report that Temple coach Steve Addazio has accepted head-coaching position at Boston College.

He will replace Fran Spaziano, who was released after four seasons after posting a 21-29 record.  Addazio went 13-11 in two seasons at Temple.

"Steve Addazio has done a tremendous job with Temple Football in his two years at the University, and we wish him nothing but the best," said Temple University Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw. "Temple Football has never been stronger, and I am confident we will be able to attract a high-level pool of candidates for the position and the program will continue its upward momentum.”

Addazio led Temple for two seasons, guiding the Owls to its first bowl win in 32 years. Temple beat Wyoming, 37-15, in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

In 2012, Addazio led the Owls to a 4-7, 2-5 Big East records this season during their return to Big East Conference for the first time since 2004.

In his first season at Temple in 2011, Addazio guided the Owls to an 9-4 overall record and a second-place finish in the Mid-American Conference East Division en route to their second bowl appearance in three years. He was the all-time winningest first-year coach in school history.

Temple’s 2012 recruiting class was ranked No.1 in the Mid-American Conference by Rivals.com.

A school record three Owls were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft— RB Bernard Pierce (3rd round), TE Evan Rodriguez (4th), and LB Tahir Whitehead (5th)— while an additional nine players signed rookie free agent contracts, setting the school record for the largest class with 12 signees.

Addazio, who helped the University of Florida win two BCS National Championships in five years, was named Temple University's 25th head football coach on December 23, 2010.

The 53-year old Addazio spent six seasons at Florida under head coach Urban Meyer, serving as associate head coach and offensive coordinator in 2010. The Gators won BCS National Championships in 2006 and 2008, while capturing two Southeastern Conference championships.

A national search for Addazio’s replacement will begin immediately. Temple football opens the 2013 season on August 31 at No. 1 Notre Dame.

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