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BREAKING: Addazio Out as Head Football Coach

Boston College football Head Coach Steve Addazio has been fired after seven seasons with the team. In his time on the Heights, Addazio went 44-44, never amassing more than seven wins in any regular season.

Addazio came to Chestnut Hill in December 2012 and took the Eagles out of their two-year losing funk, going 7-6 in the 2013 season and bringing the team to a bowl game. 

Despite his promising start, Addazio never succeeded in making BC a high-caliber team.

In every season besides 2015 and this season, the Eagles never saw more than seven wins in the regular season. Even with five bowl appearances, Addazio only led the team to win one in 2016 (given that the 2018 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl was canceled due to weather).

When the Eagles found themselves in the national rankings in the 2018 season for the first time in ten years, it seemed as if Addazio had found his groove with the team. BC even held a spot in the College Football Top 25, only to end the season unranked in both categories.

Within Addazio’s 44-44 record, he went 22-34 in the ACC—an arguably weak football conference with the exception of the Clemson Tigers. His last ACC win came on Nov. 30 against Pittsburgh in which the Eagles defeated the Panthers 26-19.

Many thought the win against Pitt would be enough for Addazio to keep his job, but another mediocre season could not be justified to keep a coach paid $2.6 million in 2019, according to USA Today’s salary database.

BC Athletic Director Martin Jarmond now faces the difficult task of finding a replacement for Addazio. Even with the new $53 million Fish Field House, searching for a coach willing to take on the location and academic rigor of BC will be tough. 

Yahoo Sports reported that wide receivers coach Rich Gunnell will take over as interim coach while the Eagles potentially face a bowl game in the coming weeks and Jarmond searches for a replacement.

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