Why the 2014 Boston College Eagles Are Bowling Again

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Oct 25, 2014; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Boston College Eagles head coach Steve Addazio talks with the referees after a call during the first quarter against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Boston College Eagles Bowling: Steve Addazio

Three words: culture of winning.

Steve Addazio is not the guy many of us wanted when this hiring process came to a close in 2012. Of those, many quickly came to realize that he entered Boston College with a vision for what this program should be, and he actually started doing it.

Coming off of a 2-10 season and with nothing but his own reputation, Addazio’s first four recruits were Marcus Outlow, Isaac Yiadom, Harold Landry, and Darius Wade, three three-stars and a four. He would end up getting three four-star recruits, including Hilliman, a Rutgers flip who had offers from schools like Alabama, Ohio State, and Florida.

Belief in yourselves counts for a lot in football; more than one would think, anyway. Before his arrival, the football culture here was low. Addazio has these kids proudly singing their fight song and willing to run through a wall for him.

This program is not at the high level at which he would like it to be, but their coach believes in them and they believe in him. Unlike his predecessor, Addazio is not a defeatist. These kids want badly to win for him and each other, and even if the results are not always there, their efforts this season have been strong for the most part.