When Brad Bates hired Steve Addazio to replace Frank Spaziani after a disastrous 2-10 season in 2012, the athletic director knew the difference would be stark. Bates even warned those in attendance at the coach’s introductory news conference to “buckle up.”
The new coach -- who uses the word “energy” as often as some preteens use the word “like” -- was about to take them for a (verbal) ride.
In the months since that initial news conference, Addazio has hit the recruiting trail with abandon, appeared in print, on local and national TV and radio and on various forms of social media promoting the Eagles (often with the now ubiquitous hashtag “#BeADude” front and center) and even done some on-field work during the spring session.
In a week, that on-field work will begin again as the Eagles hit the practice fields to prepare for the 2013 season. The first session is Aug. 5.
But before he can get back to that, Addazio has one more chance to pump the tires of what was a tired program in recent seasons. The BC front man will be in Bristol, Conn., for his second run through the gauntlet known as an ESPN “Car Wash.”
Part of a string of 50 college football coaches (from the ACC, the Big Ten, the Pac-12 and the SEC) making the rounds of shows (from “SportsCenter” to “College Football Live” to “ESPN First Take” on TV, and from “SVP & Russillo” to “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on radio) and chatting with fans on ESPN.com (Addazio is scheduled to take your questions Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET) before camps start in August, this trip will mean that BC’s new coach has as many trips to the ESPN studios in one summer as the team had wins last season.
Buckle up, indeed.