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Boston College hires Temple’s Steve Addazio as football coach

Boston College has hired Temple’s Steve Addazio as head football coach, athletic director Brad Bates has announced. The news was first reported by Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel.

Temple is coming off a 4-7 season. In his first season with the Owls, Addazio went 9-4 and won the New Mexico Bowl.

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‘‘Steve Addazio brings three critical traits to Boston College football,’’ Eagles athletic director Brad Bates said. ‘‘First, he genuinely cares about his students and will facilitate their formation and development in meaningful ways that creates a family culture extending into the entire BC community. Second, he has a passion that is contagious and an energy that will motivate those fortunate to meet him.

‘‘Finally, he is a proven winner with an extensive history of success.’’

Addazio was 13-11 in two years at Temple. Previously he was an offensive line coach at the University of Florida, where he won two national titles under head coach Urban Meyer.

Addazio replaces Frank Spaziani, who was fired after four seasons at Boston College.

‘‘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,’’ Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw said. ‘‘Temple football has never been stronger.’’

Temple’s 37-15 win in New Mexico was the program’s first bowl win in 32 years. This season, the schedule increased in difficulty as the Owls left the Mid-American Conference for the Big East. Temple went 2-5 in the league this year.

Spaziani went 21-29 at BC, with his record becoming progressively worse during his tenure. The Eagles were 2-10 this season, 1-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Their last bowl appearance was a 20-13 loss to Nevada in the 2010 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Addazio has been an assistant coach at Syracuse, Notre Dame, Indiana, and Florida, earning the reputation as a standout recruiter in the Northeast. His recruiting efforts include luring Dwight Freeney to Syracuse and Aaron Hernandez to Florida.

Addazio was a successful high school coach in Connecticut, furthering his ties to the area.

Addazio was strongly considered for BC’s opening four years ago, according to Thamel, but emergency knee surgery at that time prevented him from interviewing.

‘‘We look forward to an extraordinary future,’’ Bates said.

An Associated Press report was included in this story.

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