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'A lot of guys in the coaching profession wake up on third base'

The Boston Globe did a nice write up on new Boston College head coach Steve Addazio and his rise through the coaching ranks to his current job with the Eagles, which he refers to as the "job he's always wanted".

The article covers everything from his long standing relationship with high school coaches in the area, to why his players hold him in such high regard even years after they've graduated.

Addazio, who started his coaching career at Western Connecticut before a relatively brief stint at the high school level before he headed to the FBS ranks for good, described himself as a guy who worked his way from the bottom up.

In his eyes, that's rare in coaching today.

“I’m one of those guys that came from the ground up. I really feel like I’ve learned this business the right way. A lot of guys in the business today, they kind of wake up on third base."

"I didn’t. I earned it. It took a while, I built my career, but I feel like those stops along the way have been great experiences for me, and they pay back to me all the time.” Addazio explained.

The article also talks about how his eight month stint as Florida's interim head coach (after Urban Meyer's departure in 2010) prepared him for opportunities at Temple and his most recent opportunity at Boston College.

Take a minute and give the whole article a look by following this link.

 

The Scoop on Stats - Bowl Edition

Here is a handful of stats and trends that will permeate throughout the 2012-13 bowl season. 

0-for-9: Northwestern has lost nine straight bowl games, four of which have come by one score or less (two games went to overtime). The Wildcats' last postseason win came in the 1948 Rose Bowl, 20-14 over California.

Third time's the charm: Two squads are making their third consecutive trip to the same bowl destination: Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl (where the Badgers are 0-2) and Pittsburgh to Birmingham's BBVA Compass Bowl (where the Panthers are 1-1). EDIT: Thanks to our friend Mike Lowery on Twitter, who adds that Boise State won its third straight Las Vegas Bowl this weekend. 

Five "family" reunions: There are five match-ups this postseason pitting former conference foes against each other. Two have already taken place, with the departing school winning both times - BYU's 23-6 win over San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl and Central Florida's 38-17 triumph over Ball State in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl (UCF was a football-only member of the MAC from 2001-05). Three more are on tap: Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech (Russell Athletic Bowl, Friday), West Virginia vs. Syracuse (Pinstripe Bowl, Saturday) and Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M (Cotton Bowl, Jan. 4).

9: Even when the Big 12 wins the Cotton Bowl, it loses. Current SEC teams have won the last nine Cotton Bowl Classics. The SEC has won four straight and eight of nine, with the Big 12's only win coming with Missouri's 38-7 drubbing of Arkansas in 2008. 

9: Nine of the 70 bowl bound teams will play with interim head coaches pacing the sidelines, including one Interim Bowl: Arkansas State vs. Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 6. That number is down 25 percent from 12 last season. 

16.42: The largest scoring gap in this year's bowl season belongs to Texas Tech and Minnesota. The Red Raiders rank 18th nationally with 37.75 points per game, while Minnesota checks in at No. 97 with 21.33 ppg. 

17.83: The largest chasm on defense is just a little bit wider. A Duke defense that ranks 102nd nationally at 35 points per game will attempt to keep up with a Cincinnati team that ranks 12th with 17.17 ppg. 

28: Prior to the last two years, the Holiday Bowl held the reputation as college football's wildest bowl games. In fact, it took  28 points or more to win the Holiday Bowl nine times from 2000-09. Expect more of the same on Thursday night; Baylor ranks fifth nationally by average 44.1 points per game, while UCLA checks in at No. 29 with 35.1. 

1,058.25: If both offenses play to their season averages, Oklahoma and Texas A&M will create a combined output of exactly 1,058.25 yards, edging Baylor and UCLA by just under five yards for the highest average of the bowl season.

532.83: If both defenses play to their respective averages, Notre Dame and Alabama will allow a bowl season-fewest 532.83 yards in the BCS National Championship, a number Texas A&M and Oklahoma should reach within one minute of the second half kickoff. 

2005: 2005 was the last time ACC had a winning record in bowl season, and has only one BCS victory in that span. 

The Scoop on the Pizza Bowl - CMU vs. WKU

Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl - Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

College football serves up some Christmas leftovers, Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl style, tonight when Western Kentucky faces Central Michigan at Ford Field in Detroit.

After being left out of the bowl picture last season at 7-5, Western Kentucky will play in the program's first bowl game tonight, but without head coach Willie Taggart, who has departed for South Florida. Lance Guidry will step in Taggart's place as the interim head coach, a role he previously succeeded in at Miami (Ohio)

The Hilltoppers subscribe to a ground-and-pound philosophy, led by Sun Belt-leading rusher Antonio Andrews' 1,609 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. The junior has also nabbed 34 passes for 411 yards and three scores and ranks 14th nationally in punt returns and 16th in kickoff returns. Andrews picked up steam as the season closed, rushing 62 times for 468 yards (7.55 ypc) and three scores over the team's final two games.

Western Kentucky may be the only team in college football whose leading receiver employs a cowboy collar, as tight end Jack Doyle has hauled in a team-best 47 grabs for 530 yards and four touchdowns. 

The Hilltoppers' defense holds up its end of the "pound" in ground-and-pound, ranking first or second in the Sun Belt in rushing defense, pass efficiency defense, total defense, scoring defense, sacks and tackles for loss. 

Central Michigan climbed out of a 3-6 hole to reach the first bowl game in year three of Dan Enos' tenure, ripping off a 34-31 win over Eastern Michigan, a 30-16 defeat of Miami (Ohio) and a 42-21 blowout of Massachusetts to set up a trip to Detroit. Central Michigan's season reached a high point with its 32-31 win at Iowa, but its six victories have come against teams that finished with 15 combined wins. 

The Chippewas don't stand out on either side of the ball, but running back Zurlon Tipton ranks 15th nationally with 1,396 rushing yards and 19 scores. Tipton emerged from a mid-season lull ripping off 146 carries for 894 yards (6.12 ypc) and 13 touchdowns with six 100-yard games in the last half of the season. 

In case you haven't seen it, here is Guidry's speech before the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl. Miami (Ohio) beat Middle Tennessee that night, 35-21. We hear he has something special up his sleeve for tonight's pre-game speech.

Tuberville: Patience is key for a coaching career

Asked what has been the biggest lesson that he has learned over the course of his entire coaching career, Tommy Tuberville noted that learning patience has been one trait that has stuck out to him that is needed for a succesful coaching career..

"I had to learn patience," Tubs explained. "This is a hard business because you're competing with a lot of different teams."

"And it's about people. Dealing with different people every year. I don't care if you've got a hundred on your team and you have no seniors and they're all coming back the next year. It's a different challenge because these young guys are growing up."

Tubs noted that bringing guys from all different backgrounds, and areas together to work toward a common goal is something that every coaching staff is trying to do, and doing that successfully requires a balance between being patient and also having a sense of urgency to get your staff and players all on the same page.

In the beginning of the video, Tubs also explains what attracted him to the Cincinnati job and why he thought it was a good fit for him and his family.

VIDEO: Gary Andersen's first 48 hours in Madison

Good video here from Wisconsin chronicling Gary Andersen's first 48 hours in Madison.

The video starts with the plane touching down, and moves to a tour of the facilities and his inaugural press conference before covering his first encounter with the entire team during a team meeting.

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