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Boston College hires Temple's Addazio as coach

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Boston College hires Temple's Addazio as coach

BOSTON (AP) New Boston College football coach Steve Addazio paced back and forth behind the podium. He waved his arms as he spoke. His voice got louder as he hammered home his points.

The Eagles have upgraded their pregame pep talks since firing Frank Spaziani.

But will they win any more games?

``You're going to get the best out of Steve Addazio, my family and my staff. I'm proud to be a Boston College Eagle, and I won't let you down,'' he said on Wednesday after being introduced to the media and the BC community.

``I've got drive and I've got energy. And I've got a passion for what I do, for these student-athletes and for Boston College. We're one family, and together, we're going to have success.

``Go Eagles.''

A Connecticut native who spent the last two years at Temple, Addazio said Boston College had been his dream job - even while he was working his way up through the coaching ranks at top-tier programs like Notre Dame and Florida.

``Dreams do come true,'' he said. ``I've been a lot of great places. All the people who knew me and the friends that I've worked with knew that I wanted to be here at Boston College.''

Addazio said he had conversations about the Boston College job the last time it was open, and he also talked to current BC athletic director Brad Bates about the coaching position at his previous job, Miami of Ohio. Bates, who has only been in Chestnut Hill for two months, said he had a list of names for potential openings and Addazio's name quickly rose to the top; the hiring only took nine days.

Bates said the search was ``thorough, meticulous and deliberate,'' and he said he talked to executives and coaches in the NFL as well as other colleges and conferences. Addazio's enthusiasm was one of the things that sold him on the hire.

``He wants to have a relationship with his team and the BC community,'' Bates said. ``He has a contagious passion for his students and the sport that inspires people to excel.

``For those of you who have yet to meet Steve, buckle up.''

Bates said he also sought opinions from current and former BC players, he said. Some members of last year's team attended the news conference, including quarterback Chase Rettig.

``He grabs everyone's attention,'' Rettig said. ``He's excited about the program, so it's going to rub off.''

Spaziani was fired after going 22-29 in four-plus seasons as head coach and 16 overall at BC. The Eagles went 2-10 this year - the fourth consecutive season they won fewer games than the year before.

Addazio, 53, led the Owls to a 9-4 record in 2011 and their first bowl win in 32 years - a 37-15 victory over Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl. But this season Temple went 4-7 (2-5 Big East) after leaving the Mid-American Conference and returning to the conference that booted them out in 2004.

Addazio echoed Bates, who said on Tuesday night that he and his new football coach were ``joined at the hip.''

``To have a good football program, he and I have got to be joined at the hip, and share a common vision and be aligned,'' Addazio said. ``That's the fundamental foundation of the development of this football program, and I couldn't feel better about that.''

In a speech that referred to BC stars like Matt Ryan and Luke Kuechly, Addazio said he thought he could compete for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and, eventually, a national title. He also hearkened back to 1984, recalling sitting in his family room watching Doug Flutie's ``Hail Mary'' against Miami, a play Addazio referred to simply as ``the pass.''

But Addazio also knows that BC's recent history isn't quite so glorious.

Spaziani, a lifetime assistant, coached the team for four years and won fewer games in each successive season. His predecessor, Jeff Jagodzinski, was fired for looking for an NFL job, and the coach before that, Tom O'Brien, made a horizontal move to North Carolina State.

Addazio promised that he would not treat BC as a stepping stone, noting that he has a home on Cape Cod.

``I want to be here and finish my career here. This is where I want to be,'' he said.

``I'm at the most wonderful place I can possibly be at,'' he added, motioning to his wife, Kathy, who was nodding her head in the front row, ``you can ask that lady in the red jacket over there.''

``It's not red,'' Kathy Addazio said.

Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw said more than 75 people have shown interest in his program's vacancy, ranging from BCS coaches, assistants and NFL assistants. He said there is no timetable to hire a replacement. Speaking at halftime of Wednesday night's Temple basketball game against Villanova, Bradshaw said Temple ties are ``very important'' in his search.

``I know Temple people really would love to have somebody who would embrace the job, wants to be there and would be a good fit,'' he said.

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The Redskins are halfway through the preseason and the first two games may have done more to muddy the waters when it comes to who will make the 53-man roster than they did to clarify things. 

Here is my second training camp prediction of who will make the final cut for the Redskins. See where players are safe and where the hot spots are for competition. 

Among the big battles taking shape:

—An injury and one player’s impressive preseason have juggled the wide receiver depth chart. 

—With Orlando Scandrick cut, the cornerback position looks set but the rookies had better not do anything to shake the coaches’ confidence in them. 

—There are seven safeties who may be worthy of roster spots, but only four are likely to make it. 

—Despite the Hogan-led rally last night, it still looks like the roster will have only two QBs. 

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John Wall's sneaker closet is next-level – here are his favorite Adidas

John Wall's sneaker closet is next-level – here are his favorite Adidas

When John Wall re-signed with Adidas this past January, it was time to stock his shoe closet with all the newest, most exclusive Three Stripes designs. 

The brand is known for its designer collaborations and limited releases that can push the pricetags up into the hundreds. 

Cost is no object for Wall, who invited Chris Miller into the shoe closet of his Miami mansion. You can watch the full closet tour in the video player above.

Wall keeps thousands of dollars of footwear organized inside specially lit display cases. But what are his favorites? He pulled out six Adidas designs he's been loving this the summer. 

1. Raf Simons Replicant Ozweego Independence Day – These sneakers are the product of Adidas's collaboration with Belgian designer Raf Simons, who has worked as creative director of fashion houses Christian Dior and Calvin Klein. Wall got his hands on the Independence Day colorway of these sneakers before they were released in July. They're available retail for $450 at Saks Fifth Avenue

2. Yeezy Boost 700 "Wave Runner" – Designed as part of Kanye West's Yeezy collection, the "Wave Runner" has been a popular model since its first release in February 2017. A third release is scheduled sometime later this year, but to purchase them now, Flight Club sells pairs ranging from $575 to $1,320

3. Twinstrike ADV – Wall has the Twinstrike in multiple bold colorways. The shoe debuted late in 2017 and is more attainable than the first two pairs he showed off. They're available at Barneys New York for $180

4. EQT Support Ultra King Push “Bodega Babies” – These EQT Support sneakers got an update in collaboration with rapper Pusha T. The sock-style primeknit has been a popular design feature for Adidas. The sneakers are limited release, but retail at $220 at Barneys New York.

5. Pharrell NMD Hu Trail “Holi" in Pink Glow – This exclusive collaboration with hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams was inspired by the Holi festival of colors in India. Released in limited quantities in early March of 2018, the shoe's retail price was $250. To buy a pair now, it'll cost anywhere from $325 to $480 at Flight Club

6. Originals Gazelle – Finally, Wall gets to a classic! The Gazelle was originally designed in the mid-1960s and became one of Adidas's most recognizable, popular designs throughout the brand's history. They're popular, easy to find and affordable. The Adidas website has a whole section devoted to the Gazelle, which comes in men's, women's and kids' sizes. A standard pair of men's costs around $80 at retail

For those not keeping track, the six shoes above combine to cost around $2,000 or more. But whether people can afford them or not isn't the point. 

Wall told Miller how he couldn't afford the sneakers he loved as a kid, but still kept track of all the new releases and special styles. As he made money and started to build his shoe collection, he treated it like collecting fine art.

But also like art, you don't have to own designer sneakers to appreciate them. 

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