Chat with Steve Addazio
Addazio is entering his first season as a collegiate head coach.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, we'll take a look at the 2011 college football season when Temple coach Steve Addazio stops by to chat.
Addazio moved up to the college football ranks in 1995 after a 10 year stretch coaching on the high school level in Connecticut. His first couple of collegiate stints was as a position coach with Syracuse, Notre Dame, and Indiana. In 2005, Addazio joined Urban Meyer's staff a Florida. He started as an offensive line and tight end coach and worked is way up to offensive coordinator.
On December 23, 2010, it was announced that Addazio accepted the head coaching job at Temple. Last season the Owls went 8-4 with a 5-3 record in the Mid American Conference.
Send your questions now and join Addazio Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (12:42 PM)
New Temple football head coach Steve Addazio will be here in a few minutes to take your questions!
Buzzmaster (12:47 PM)
Coach is here!
Eric (Washington, DC)
Coach Addazio, Temple Alum here - how are you going to build upon Al Golden's success? What do you see in our future?
Steve Addazio (12:51 PM)
I think No. 1, we want to upgrade, from a facility standpoint, we're a work in progress. We're putting a new $8.5 million into the facilities. We're putting a bubble over the practice field. Al did a great job recruiting and build a base. Now we want to win our division, conference, and win a bowl game.
Coach, how does it feel to be back in Connecticut today?
Steve Addazio (12:52 PM)
Felt great to be back. That's where I'm from. My wife and myself had so many great years here. At Cheshire. I went to Cheshire today. Thanks for asking. It feels great to be home.
Will you be calling the plays on game day?
Steve Addazio (12:52 PM)
Scott will call the plays, our OC. I'm certainly going to sit in on game preparation, game planning. But he will call the plays.
Dave G (Philadelphia, PA)
Coach, as a proud Temple alum and supporter of the Temple football program, thank you for continuing the groundwork laid and traction gained by Coach Golden.What will you bring from a historically successful program like Florida to North Broad Street?
Steve Addazio (12:53 PM)
I'll tell you what I'm going to bring is one tough football team. I'll have a team that loves to play and plays with passion. The city is a tough sports town and they need a tough football team that's a tough college football team.
Steve (Lansdale, PA)
Glad to have you at Temple U! With the changes in the offense and defensive game plans this year with you staff, what positions will need to really improve for the coming season to be a success?
Steve Addazio (12:54 PM)
Well, we certainly want to use our speed and athletes and make a defense defend the whole field. We'll incorporate the inside receivers more. Our object is to make them defend the whole field.
Coach, how do you plan to psychologically approach game against Penn State? We have been dominated by them in the past, but controlled game for 3 quarters last year and lost. How will you help Temple get over the hump to beat the Nits?
Steve Addazio (12:55 PM)
I think we need to finish that game, like every game. Also, we need to have a little more arsenals in our offense. We need to be more than one dimensional. Make them play option football. Put enough at them that we can keep them on their heels.
Zac (Philly) [via mobile]
What kind of record would you be happy with for your first year?
Steve Addazio (12:56 PM)
Obviously our big goal is to win the East and win the MAC outright. But our immediate goal is to get ready for Villanova at the Linc.
']['KE (N. Philly)
Whats the one thing the hardcore fan base of 5k+ (who sat through some terrible ball 1990-2007) can do for the program between now and kickoff of the Mayors Cup vs Villanova.
Steve Addazio (12:57 PM)
I think just recruiting more fans. We want to fill that stadium. People love football in Philadelphia. You have high school football on Friday night, Eagles on Sunday and Temple on Saturday. Let's fill it up.
Marc Fleischner (Berlin, NJ)
Coach, what's been the biggest adjustment for you personally moving into the head coaching position.
Steve Addazio (12:58 PM)
On the field, not engaged coaching a position for so many years. I miss the actually coaching. I stick my nose in every once in a while. I miss that coaching. That's an adjustment. Some times you're standing in hte middle of practice saying to yourself, I wish I was coaching a position.
Steve Hagen (Philadelphia, PA)
Steve, Congratualtions on getting your first collegiate head coaching job and welcome to North Broad Street and to Temple University. After going through the spring drills this year, what's the biggest difference you see between the athletic environment at Temple (non-BCS) and the University of Florida (BCS)? Also, do you see Temple participating in a BCS conference in the near future?
Steve Addazio (12:59 PM)
I think it's a good question. One of the differences might be depth. We probably had a little more depth. But what I did see was a very competitive, talented, tough football team with a good amount of skill. That was extremely encouraging.
Steve, What has been the best game you have coached?
Steve Addazio (1:00 PM)
Might be Cheshire High School v. Notre Dame-West Haven, first state championship game in the 90s. We lost our tailback before the game to injury. The weather changed about three times during the game. We defeated a team better than us. It's still a day I'll remember for the rest of my life.
Steve Addazio (1:01 PM)
Another cool moment was in the Swamp two years ago when we just finished the first undefeated season in school history. Tim Tebows last game in the Swamp. All of the lightbulbs were going off. It was quite an unbelievable feeling to finish the season undefeated.
Steve Addazio (1:01 PM)
And two national championships. That was very exciting.
What do you feel is the strongest position group as far as depth and talent right now?
Steve Addazio (1:02 PM)
That's a good question. I think the defensive line has some good talent and depth. The backfield. We have some talent and depth at QB. The place I'm most concerned about is the OL. For a variety of reasons, we're not as deep there as we need to be. And TE is deep. We have 5 TEs that can play.
While you talk about focusing recruiting to a 5 hour radius, I've noticed that we're starting to offer more kids from Florida, Alabama, plus as far west as Indiana. Is this just taking advantage of existing relationships that your staff has in those areas, or do you think we can have a recruiting impact that far outside of the "footprint"?
Steve Addazio (1:03 PM)
I think it's really important to stay within the footprint, but yes, because of our relationships, we can get involved with some other areas. But our footprint will be very strong.
Phillip (a stadium near you)
Coach Addazio,congratulation on becoming head coach at Temple.Are you ready for the Villanova game September 1st?
Steve Addazio (1:05 PM)
It's obviously been a process that started with us in January getting ready for the game. This is the time of year the team develops on conditioning and strength. Our guys have been working hard with purpose. It's been fun to watch the evolution during spring ball.
How healthy is Bernard Pierce and how will he be used in your offense?
Steve Addazio (1:05 PM)
Bernard Pierce has been very healthy. He had a great winter and a great spring. He's getting bigger, stronger, faster. We will use him often. He's a dynamic player and will touch the ball several times. His play will speak for itself as we roll through the season.
Dave (Washington, DC)
What do you thin of these other scandals in NCAA FB?
Steve Addazio (1:07 PM)
Obviously there has been what seems to be more things popping up in the news than ever before. You need to keep tabs on your program when you deal with so many young people. They make mistakes, but you have to be very vigilant with your team. With more notoriety coming to college football and recruiting with guys having their own signing days on national TV, young players get caught up inthe rock star status. I think we need to go back to talking about why we play this game and the passion we have for the game.
Steve Addazio (1:08 PM)
I appreciate the Temple fans, alumni for their faith and their allegiance to the program. I promise you we'll put a team out there that you're proud of. A team that will compete with passion, energy and together. Go Owls!