Addazio leaves Temple for Boston College, Owls begin coaching search

Last week, after failing to qualify for a bowl game in his first year guiding Temple in the Big East, Steve Addazio promised that 2013 would be different.

“This offseason won’t be a box of chocolates,” Addazio warned. “It’s 2013 in my mind right now.”

Well, when the calendar turns to 2013, it will be completely different for Addazio. The head football coach at Temple resigned yesterday and accepted the very same position at Boston College. He takes over a struggling BC program that went just 2-10 last season.

Addazio leaves Temple after compiling a 13-11 record in two seasons, including the school’s first bowl win in 32 years. Prior to that, Addazio won two national championships while serving as Florida’s offensive line coach.

“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 athletic director 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.”

Upward momentum was evidenced by Temple’s 2012 recruiting class (ranked No.1 in the Mid-American Conference) and by having three Owls (Bernard Pierce, Evan Rodriguez, Tahir Whitehead) get selected in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The school indicated a search for Addazio’s replacement will begin immediately. The team opens the 2013 season on Aug. 31 at Notre Dame.

Temple to honor Lear

Temple basketball announced it will retire Hal Lear’s No. 6 jersey in a halftime ceremony on Jan. 30 at the Liacouras Center.

Lear will become just the fourth player (and first since 1999) to have his number retired in the 115-year history of the men’s basketball program.

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