The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Florida offensive coordinator/line coach Steve Addazio has accepted an offer to become the new head football coach at Temple University, replacing Al Golden, who was recently named the head coach at the University of Miami.
Just Tuesday, Addazio's name surfaced with the University of Texas and there were reports out of Austin that he had accepted the position of offensive line coach on Mack Brown's staff. However, there were a couple of reports that came out Wednesday morning that said Addazio had not taken the job at Texas pending the decision by Temple University.
An original member of Urban Meyer's staff at Florida, Addazio came to UF as the tight ends/offensive tackles coach but became the head offensive line coach in 2006, the year the Gators won the first of two national championships won by Meyer. In 2008, Addazio added the roles of assistant head coach and offensive coordinator when Dan Mullen left the Florida staff to become head coach at Mississippi State.
As offensive line coach, Addazio helped the Gators to one of the nation's most balanced attacks between 2006-2009. From 2007-09 the Gators averaged more than 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing per game. In 2009, his first year as offensive coordinator, the Gators averaged 35.9 points and 457.9 yards per game.
Addazio joins Mullen, Doc Holliday and Charlie Strong as assistants from Meyer's original coaching staff to become head coaches. Holliday is the head coach at Marshall University while Strong is the head coach at Louisville, which beat Southern Miss Tuesday night in the Papa John's Bowl in St. Petersburg.