Addazio: 'This is no social trip'

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One would assume Temple coach Steve Addazio would be extremely talkative about traveling to Connecticut to coach in his first Big East road game.

The Owls’ second-year coach is a Farmington, Conn., native, who played on the offensive and defensive line at Central Connecticut State.  UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni gave him his first coaching job as an assistant coach at Western Connecticut State in the mid 1980s. Addazio also coached under Pasqualoni from 1995-98 at Syracuse after turning Cheshire High School (Conn.) into a national powerhouse.

But instead of reminiscing, Addazio acted as if Saturday’s game was any other road trip.

“This is my home right now,” Addazio said Tuesday of Philadelphia. “Am I proud of where I’m from? You darn right, I’m proud of where I’m from. Do I think that Connecticut did a lot for me? There’s no question the state of Connecticut did a lot for me. 

“But right now, I live in Philadelphia. I work for Temple and I love it.  And what I want to do is make sure our kids are all playing on a high, high level. That’s my job. That’s my passion on top of it.

“Let me tell you something. I’m not getting a lot of phone calls, because they all know don’t bother me. I don’t really care. I’ll take a nice trip in January. I’ll go to Sally’s Pizza. I’ll go see my aunts and uncles. I’ll go do all of that. That’s a nice trip probably in February when recruiting is over.  And I’ll take a nice trip for myself.

“This is no social trip right now.”