Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Florida Gators football coach Steve Addazio to take Temple Owls' top job

GAINESVILLE — Florida offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Steve Addazio will be the new head coach at Temple, replacing Al Golden who was hired last week to take over at Miami.

Addazio, 51, will be introduced today at a news conference. He is expected to coach the Gators through the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Penn State.

"He's going to be a good head coach. He knows his stuff, man," Eagles rookie receiver Riley Cooper, who played at Florida and Clearwater Central Catholic, told the Philadelphia Daily News on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, reported that Addazio had been hired to take over as the offensive line coach at Texas, but that option apparently was contingent on his status at Temple.

In five of his six seasons with the Gators, Addazio was the offensive line coach. He served as tight ends coach in his first season (2005) and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2009. Addazio also has coached at Syracuse, Notre Dame and Indiana and has recruited the northeast extensively.

New Florida coach Will Muschamp has said there is a chance some current Gator assistant coaches might be retained, but there were no indications that Addazio would be asked to remain in his current position. Florida is ranked 80th in Division I-A in total offense, No. 47 in scoring offense.

"He got a lot of criticism for the offensive coordinating this year, which he didn't need or didn't deserve or whatnot," Cooper told the Daily News.

Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw has not spoken publicly about the coaching search, and Addazio could not be reached for comment.

However, word seemed to get out to Gators players. Some sent well wishes via social media.

"Proud of Addazio! He got the head coaching job at Temple. Gonna miss ya coach," offensive guard and former St. Petersburg Catholic standout Jon Halapio wrote on Facebook.

Florida Gators football coach Steve Addazio to take Temple Owls' top job 12/22/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 23, 2010 8:43am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Thursday's Rays-Yankees game

    The Heater

    The 10 strikeouts look flashy, but RHP Chris Archer was not his sharpest Thursday. He allowed three runs on seven hits, including three straight in the two-run second and a Gary Sanchez homer in the third, and lasted only six innings, throwing 102 pitches.

  2. Rays fall to Yankees in 11 on Brett Gardner homer (w/ video)

    The Heater

    NEW YORK — The front office did its part Thursday, making two trades to bolster the roster in a push for the playoffs. But the Rays didn't follow up in a frustrating 6-5 11-inning loss to the Yankees.

    Rays reliever Andrew Kittredge stands on the mound and can only watch as the Yankees’ Brett Gardner starts to circle the bases after his walkoff home run leading off the 11th inning.
  3. Believe it! Rays are buyers, trade for reliever Dan Jennings and 1B/DH Lucas Duda

    The Heater

    NEW YORK — Dan Jennings' ability to render lefty hitters useless with a sinker that gets beaten into the ground and Lucas Duda's power to blast baseballs off and over outfield walls should make the Rays better.

    Lucas Duda
  4. Bucs' direction is decidedly up for first time in several years


    TAMPA — If you want to see a team give the Heisman Trophy stiff-arm to expectations, check out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Tight end O.J. Howard, left, the Bucs’ first-round draft pick this year, was brought in to give QB Jameis Winston another big-play option.
  5. Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Friday, New York

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Yankees

    7:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Austin Pruitt (50) in the dugout during the ninth inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 7-3.