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BC hires Addazio as coaching carousel gets crazy

Dec 4, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

Steve Addazio

Boston College indeed hired a coach with Notre Dame roots.

But with Irish fans on red alert as they feared their top defensive assistant was headed to Boston, new Eagles athletic director Brad Bates reached past past current defensive coordinator Bob Diaco for former Irish assistant Steve Addazio, who traded his Temple head coaching job for the one in Chestnut Hill.

“I am proud to announce Steve Addazio as the new head coach at Boston College,” Bates tweeted. “We are excited to have Steve Addazio leading BC football and look forward to an extraordinary future.”

With that, Notre Dame players, coaches, and fans all likely breath a sigh of relief. But with the coaching carousel spinning wildly today, the Irish might not be out of the woods just yet. Multiple reports point to Purdue hiring Darrell Hazell of Kent State to be their next head coach. But with Brett Bielema‘s shocking departure from Wisconsin to Arkansas, former Irish defensive coordinator and current Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez gets to take a look at candidates all across the country, and could zero in on Diaco as well.

If Alvarez does indeed look to South Bend, he’ll be seeing a defensive coordinator that looks an awful lot like a younger version of himself. Both East Coast born, Alvarez and Diaco each headed to the heartland for their college football, with Alvarez playing at Nebraska while Diaco starred at Iowa. Each spearheaded a Notre Dame resurgence as defensive coordinators, with Alvarez the right hand of Lou Holtz during the 1988 championship run. Like Alvarez, Diaco was given more leadership responsibilities during the title run season, promoted to assistant head coach in the offseason, similar to Holtz’s year-long tutorial with Alvarez before he took over the Wisconsin program.

Of course, Alvarez took over a moribund Badger football team that was an afterthought in a NFL-crazed state. He built one of the Big Ten’s flagship programs and governed over a seamless transition to Bielema, who built on Alvarez’s foundation, with Alvarez taking over the Wisconsin athletic department. Entrusting the Big Ten’s representative in the last three Rose Bowls to a first time head coach could be a risky move.

Whether Alvarez looks towards Diaco, or chooses from a pretty rich talent pool with Badger ties — Seahawks defensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, former Vikings head coach Brad Childress, Pitt head coach Paul Chryst, or Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker among the early names floating around — remains to be seen.

So while Diaco was awarded the prestigious Broyles Award as college football’s best assistant, any ascent to the head coaching ranks will have to wait.

How long? Well, we will find out as the coaching carousel continues to spin.


  1. NotreDan - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:01 PM


    I have a request… would you please consider putting up a mobile version of this site? That is primarily how I consume it, and it takes FOREVER to load. Just a thought, especially in this day and age of mobile devices.



    • irishnole - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      NBC Sports Talk App is all you need.

    • dickasman - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      I 89th that!!! Buy some more freaking bandwidth would ya? We ain’t hangin with NIU anymore, not this year, no sir. Get Dick on the phone ill ask him myself.

  2. onlynd - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Diaco is going to get his chance somewhere sometime, but I’m hoping he feels like his mission isn’t accomplished just yet in Southbend… and that they make it worth his while to stay to accomplish it. Go Irish!!

  3. Keith Arnold - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    I believe mobile is in the works… but yes — I’d like that too.

    • NotreDan - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      very cool, thanks!

    • nudeman - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      The page loads at a snail’s pace from the desktop as well
      Not sure if it’s the graphics or what, but it’s always been slow
      Not sure what influence you have there, but …

      • domer77blowsgoats - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:05 PM

        Yup dial up must be brutal…

      • dickasman - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM

        Keith, my page loads fast but it loads porno, one Irishman inside another Irishman, what gives?

      • dickasman - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:42 PM

        OoOOoOoooOooppps! Wrong site, I misspelled it. Dam you ipad!

  4. smartestjones - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    NotreDan – the NBC SportsTalk app works pretty well (other than the comment thread) if that option is available on your phone.

  5. dudeacow - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    I click on the Inside The Irish tab. I wait for it to load. I see that there is a new article. I se the words “BC hires-“. My heart stops. I remember reading an article on ESPN earlier that said Diaco is one of the three finalists for the BC job. My brain thinks the only reason Keith would write an article on the BC hire is because they hired Diaco. I read farther. I see Addazio, not Diaco. I breathe the biggest sigh of relief ever to be breathed.

  6. ajw21 - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    I have the mobile NBC Sports Talk app and it works just fine and is pretty fast. Only thing missing is the thumbs up & down feature and I could care less about that feature.

    • irish4006 - Dec 5, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      if you could care less, you probably would… jus sayin’

  7. papadec - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    KEITH, thanks for the BC HC update – so does that make Bob a more desirable option for Temple? And, does Temple look like a better fit for a first time HC? We could go crazy contemplating ALL the possibilities. I guess the bottom line for Bob D is that he can afford to pick & choose – bide his time.

    • dickasman - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      Actually now that I think about it, I think Wisconsin might hire him amd will be the best fit for him. He wont have to change who he is. Big ten guy, young guy. Who knew who Brett bielema was? I was kinda surprised he left for Arkansas. But I’m not one to turn down millions either

  8. dickasman - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Wuuuw, another great fit for bobby d. Barry can guide him along as well. I have a feeling diaco might get either Cal or Wisconsin job if he can be somewhat be personable in the job interviews.

  9. dickasman - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Who is this child abuser lookin guy? He’s a nd guy? I knew he was a gator chop buffoon. When was he at nd and what did he do? Was he zorichs personal barber?

  10. rico75 - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Diaco won’t leave this year. I’ll get worried about him leaving when Ferentz leaves Iowa. That would be a tough one for him to turn down.

  11. idratherbeinsouthbend - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    SOMEBODY tell me where to get the “Unfinished Business” t-shirt…google is keeping it a secret, and i can find damn near ANYTHING with google….even found the address for the place that Jimmy Hoffa and Bigfoot rent in Montana….right down the street from Joe Tiller

    • 9irish - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:04 AM

      Here you go. It was harder than I thought it would be to find.

      • 9irish - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:09 AM

        Crap, says they “no longer carry” it…might just mean they’re out of it. Might want to give them a call.

  12. yaketyyacc - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:24 AM

    We know you can’t keep a good man down, and coach Diaco is sure to be invited to head coach some team in the future. It is not only Yuletide, but the “any coach you can get I can get better” season.
    all this adds zest to the college season as we all await “THE” game. my guess? Just as we sometimes implore a college player to finish his four years, gaining more ability, before moving on to the NFL, the same holds true of coaches. Coach Diaco still has sharpenng and honing to do before prematurely jumping to another coaching job. He has been good this year. Think of how much better he will be next year. Coach, just look at Manti T’eo. What “if” he had gone to the NFL last year?

  13. norcalirish - Dec 5, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Thank God.

  14. runners00 - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Would BC come up with enough coin for Diaco? I suspect that Sconnie will, but I’m not sure about BC.

  15. phillyj - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    I actually think Wisconsin would be a good fit for Diaco. Hoping like h@ll that he stays though.

    • irish4006 - Dec 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      Wisconsin job is probably too big for a first time head coach… my money will be on an on-the-rise head coach from a smaller school.

  16. jmfinsd - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Where’s troll badgerbuck? I would think with all this Wisconsin talk he’d have an irrefutable source who will tell us with absolute clarity what Wisconsin plans are regarding Diaco. Unfortunately, it will come with another claim that Wisconsin would crush ND, and even more so in the future if Diaco is its coach.

    • 9irish - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      I’m worried…I think Coach Kelly was using ND as a springboard for that Wisconsin job.

      • 9irish - Dec 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        Which reminds me…Lou went to South Carolina several years after leaving ND, and it had to do with his son and his wife and just the challenge of the job. He turned that thing around, always around 7-5 (or so..didn’t look it up), beat Ohio State in two bowls in consecutive years. And now everyone thinks that Spurrier did that. Lou built it, the ole ball coach took it over.

  17. kiopta1 - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Kelly wins coach of the year and Eifert wins Mackey.

  18. irishdodger - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Wow, Keith! Can’t believe you haven’t added updates as Te’o has won the Nagurski & been named to both CBS Sports and Athlon 1st team All-American squads. Then Eifert won the Mackey Award.

    • Robert the Bob - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      I don’t understand how Eifert can win the Mackey Award and not be named first (or even second) team All-American.

      • papadec - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:02 AM

        Bob – probably has to do with who is voting & when.

  19. 1notredamefan - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Did anyone else hear Saban this morning at the press conference say that “They have plenty to worry about”? Some good bulletin board stuff!

  20. kiopta1 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Why the heck does ESPN and ND haters keep saying the ND vs Stanford game was 20-17 and Stan would have won if Taylor got in? The score was 20-13 and at most they could have tied it…this crap is driving me nuts.

    • ndirish86 - Dec 5, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      The Stanford game is this season’s Rorschach test. Very useful for identifying for haters.

      Look at this picture and tell me what you see…. hmmm… progress stopped… whistle blown… line judge running in… players celebrating… elbow hitting ground… ball fumbled… multiple video reviews of all of the above… while behind by 7…. and you see… THAT ND NEEDED HELP FROM THE REFS TO WIN THAT GAME!!

      What you think you see here says something about YOU, not about what really happened.

      • irish4006 - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        ND did, however, had one miscue. They should have kept piling on and not let go until the whistle was blown.

        The elbow on the ground video should have been analyzed a bit more to put an end to the controversy. There was enough doubt from the video that no ref would ever overturn the call.

    • 9irish - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      Thank you. I sent an email to ESPN Trevor Mattich today about that. First, they just stuffed the guy…T’eo could’ve hit him in the face, but just brushed by because the whistle had been blown. And yes…that was not a game winning play.

      If you want to think of luck, thank Pittsburgh’s kicker. Other than that, shut up people.

      Go Irish

  21. kiopta1 - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Beyond that play is the problem they have problems even getting their facts right…the score was 20-13 not 20-17 which they keep repeating.

  22. colkrakers - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    @NotreDan you can read Keith’s articles on the NBC sports talk app

  23. fighting69th - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    I really don’t give a crap about Boston College. Go Irish

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