this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
After seeing the Lance Leipold post, I should preface this post by saying that I did as complete a search as I could and did not find Boston College HC Steve Addazio mentioned as a CC topic and he wasn't even covered in Ron Utah's and Alum96's lists. He was mentioned in comments from time to time but I think he's worth a serious look and find it odd he's been overlooked.
In my various comments I've been one of those guys (similar to Brian) saying there's Harbaugh, Harbaugh, Miles, Mullen, then abyss ... but if there was a "solid, second teir" of choices I think Addazio belongs on that list more than anyone else (such as Butch Jones, case and point).
Addazio has some obvious and glaring connections to names already mentioned throughout these CC posts: Brad Bates, Urban Meyer and Dan Mullen; and also other less-discussed guys with UM ties like Scot Loeffler and Chuck Heater.
If Boston College's Brad Bates were selected as AD, Addazio's name would obviously vault to the top of the list by default, and this wouldn't be a bad thing. Having an AD and HC who have worked together before would be beneficial.
Addazio cut his teeth on the ND staff as OL coach, abeit during Bob Davie's tenure '99-'01. He then went to Indiana for a couple years and was DiNardo's OC. Neither program had much success but they at least give him some familarity with the midwest.
Addazio then became the OL coach for Florida. It looks like he started with Zook and remained on staff with Meyer, where he eventually became co-OC with Dan Mullen and eventually assistant head coach to Meyer, including the (edit) '06 and '08 NC years.
The rest of his career up through Temple and Boston College are all documented here of course, so no need to keep loading up this post http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Addazio but he did lead a mild turnaround including a bowl win during his brief stint as Temple HC and is now holding his own in the ACC, including a nice home win against USC. He did get, however, housed by RichRod's Wildcats in the bowl game last year, fwiw.
I'd love to see Addazio's name added to another edition of Ron Utah's "where we stand" and also to Alum96's ultimate matrix. It seems like he'd score solid B's on track record, recruiting, and roster fit; probably lower than B on Michigan ties but if you factor in Brad Bates that becomes an "A" -- and his former DC Chuck Heater is a former Wolverine and is currently DC for undefeated Marshall, which is tantalizing. His familiarity with Urban Meyer can only be of help, as well.
Also factoring in Bates, I think he'd score an "A" for chances/loyalty, and I also really like his tough and smart demeanor from what I've seen. Below are some video snippets including a pregame speech that evokes a little bit of Hoke (not a bad thing, from the current players perspective), and a LOT of Bo Schembechler at the end.
And this clip is your moment of Zen: Addazio is a former big-time OL coach and OC...
What do we think?
“Bring me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”
Look, we need to talk. I’m worried about you. I mean, look at you. There are bags under your eyes, you’re pale, I mean…look, something just isn’t right. It’s the loss to Penn State, isn’t it? I haven’t seen you this upset after a loss since…well, since that other guy (you know, the one who wore the red wrist band) was still in town.
Guess what? I’ve got something to soothe your chapped and chafed sports-soul. It’s Michigan hockey. Weren’t expecting that after last year, were ya? Frankly, neither was I. And yet here we are, just two games into the new season and last year seems like a memory that we might just be able to get rid of and finally move on from. Last year was a memory burr; it hung around longer than it should have and felt like it might be impossible to get rid of, but once it was gone there was such sweet relief. See, a win over a Boston College squad that’s one of the top five in the country isn’t enough to do it alone. It’s the combination of not only winning but also showing defensive acumen and energy and situational awareness that’s so reassuring.
The official scoring sheet says that Michigan outshot BC over the course of the game, but let’s dig a little deeper. Below you’ll find Corsi tables, and if you aren’t sure what Corsi is read this post from last week.
Things didn't look good early on. Michigan was keeping up with Boston College, but that's about it. Granted, they did get a nice power play snipe from Luke Moffatt (whose performance was the focal point of Brian's excellent post), but that's about it. It seemed as though Michigan was doing all they could just to hang on for 20 minutes; hanging around for 60 is an entirely different thing, and winning that next 40 minutes is a different animal entirely.
Well, looks like the tables are starting to turn. Michigan and BC went back and forth this period, but Michigan looked better getting the puck out of their zone and moving it through the neutral zone. The shot totals above don't match the official scoring sheet, so it's worth noting the caveat that comes with this analysis; when the game is only available in standard def that's what I have to watch it in, and it can be hard to tell whether the puck hit the goalie or went just wide. Having said that, I do believe in what I saw and wrote down. We'll see how this takes shape over the course of the season.
The numbers end up looking like Michigan dominated the period, but that isn't how it began. BC carried the play in the first few minutes, and Michigan was allowing this to happen. They moved a forward high to defend and were dumping the puck in. Midway through the period this changed, and Michigan dropped the conservative schtick and started to move the puck again. One thing that went well: passing toa teammate on a zone entry and letting them carry the puck in instead of dumping it into the corner.
Michigan outplayed a higher ranked opponent by forechecking hard, backchecking hard, and making intelligent passes to keep the puck moving and away from the opponent. Michigan won. Read that again. Now do it again. Michigan (yes, that Michigan) beat an incredibly talented team and by game’s end made them look overmatched. Whether Michigan hockey is really back remains to be seen but this is certainly the only way to start.
As for overall shot percentages, I’ll let Seth handle that. He had a cool table in last week’s Dear Diary post and I don’t want to step on his toes because intellectual property, man. A quick programming note: I read your comments on the last article and haven’t given up on goal-by-goal analysis posts. I’m going to continue with this (because I think collecting the data over a full season will be worthwhile) but also start GBGA’s when the B1G season starts. Also, I can only do Corsi analyses for games that I have in full, so there won’t be one for the RIT game. Should be a Corsi post for this weekend's games, though, so look for that next week.
Edit: Since this became the game thread, Michigan just beat #4 BC 3-1 at home. Gigantic win this early for such a young team. Your outlook on the season should change accordingly
I thought I'd post some links for previews and such for the BC-Michigan game today as this is likely Michigan's biggest non-conference home game since...#7 BC lost to #5 Michigan 3-2 in 2005?
Also, even with all the TV coverage this year, somehow this game is relegated to Comcast channel 9e6 (or something) and that only. How the BTN, CBS Sports, NBCSN, and Fox Sports all managed to pass on this is beyond me.
Western College Hockey SBN College Hockey:
Escalating ticket prices and a resurgent basketball program have taken a big bite out of the vaunted atmosphere at Yost Arena in recent years, but with the excitement of a new season and the buzz of a nationally-known opponent in the building, it should be rocking tonight, and could put a very young Boston College team on their heels.
From Maize & Brew:
The game being at Yost means Michigan will come out hard, but if you can't beat Waterloo, BC is a different eagle all together. BC 5, Michigan 2.
From the Daily
Personally, I don't feel too great about this game. BC is likely loaded and we are reloading. Like M&B, I envision a 5-2 type game as well. If you're free tonight, find a ticket and go be loud at Yost. Goal horn be damned
Boston Globe profile of new Boston College AD Brad Bates. Bates was a football walkon during the Bo Schembechler era in the late 1970s.
Given the way Dave Brandon has scheduled with other ADs with Michigan ties (Jeff Long-Arkansas, Bob De Carolis-Oregon St, Warde Manuel-UConn, & Derrick Gragg-EMU), I bet we will see Boston College on Michigan's football schedule soon.
Brad Bates, who Bo Schembecher thought would make a great Michigan AD in "Bo's Lasting Lessons," leaves Miami (NTM) for Boston College, according to the BC school paper The Heights. Bates played under Bo from 1977 to 1981 as a walk-on DB.
We are just a few minutes away from puck drop in Tampa for the 2012 Frozen Four.
Our 4:30 game is Union vs Ferris State (ESPNU) and the 8:00 pm game will be Boston College vs Minnesota (ESPN2). Should be another day of great hockey so tune in if you get the chance.