BOSTON (CBS) — Steve Addazio is frustrated after a 3-9 season for the Boston College Eagles, but he’s confident his football team will be better in 2016.
Addazio broke down the 2015 season and looked ahead in a special 30-minute edition of Inside BC Football that aired Friday night on myTV38.
Frustrating Season, But Upside On Defense
In the first segment, Addazio spoke about next season, including the upcoming “visit week” at Boston College and the Eagles’ trip overseas to kick off the 2016 season. We also hear from defensive coordinator Don Brown, who was obviously pleased after his defense finished as one of the best units in the country.
“The one thing I felt very good about was those guys in the defensive room played hard for 12 weeks. We didn’t ride the roller coaster emotionally. We competed every week,” said Brown. “Their focus and energy, on a week-to-week basis, those are the things I feel good about.”
A Tough End To Season For Addazio Family
The season coming to an end was extra tough for the Addazio family, as Steve’s youngest son, Louie, is graduating in the spring. A tight end, Louie said it was an incredible experience to play for his dad.
“It was a dream come true to be able to play for my dad and play here at Boston College,” he said. “I was incredibly lucky to get this opportunity to be around my family and at BC, and I’ve loved every second of it.”
While it might be hard to play for your father, Louie did have some fun early in the spring when he did his best impression of his dad during a team meeting.
“He had it down pretty good,” said the head coach.
That impression may have been a little foreshadowing, as Louie now wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the coaching ranks. His dad has plenty of advice for him, and thinks he’s ready for what could be a few bumpy years ahead as he puts in his time.
“You have to anticipate, be thick-skinned, you have to be able to take criticism and not get too much praise. You have to be ready to work relentless hours and grind. You hang in there, hang in there, hang in there and the opportunities will come,” said the elder Addazio. “It’s a tough business and it takes a while. But I think Louie will do a great job with it. He’s not going in with blinders on.”
Either way, things are going to be much different in the Addazio household without Louie around.
“I’m going to miss him, and to be honest I’m kind of sentimental about this,” Steve admitted. “He’s our baby, he’s leaving and we’re like real empty nesters. All of a sudden you look at your life, and it goes by so fast. Here we are, and our youngest is leaving. I know great things are head, but it’s different. Things won’t be the same anymore. It’s good, but it makes you nostalgic.”
Both Addazios agree that the family wouldn’t function without Mama Addazio.
Who Is Under Center Next Season?
In the third segment Eagles radio play-by-play man John Meterparel joined the show to discuss the 2016 team, including who he thinks will be BC’s quarterback next season.
And it wouldn’t be Inside BC Football without some talk about food. Addazio helps WBZ-TV’s Levan Reid with some tough-to-pronounce Italian foods, and discusses his love for meatballs.