Boston College Turns to Temple for Its Next Football Coach
Bret Bielema is moving from the Big Ten to the Southeastern Conference, and Gus Malzahn is returning to Auburn — this time to run the Tigers.
Boston College turned to Temple to fill its coaching vacancy, hiring Steve Addazio away from the Owls.
Addazio, a Connecticut native, went 13-11 in two seasons with the Owls since taking over for Al Golden in Philadelphia.
Temple was 4-7 this season, it’s first back in the Big East after five in the Mid-American Conference.
In his first season with the Owls, Addazio went 9-4 and won the New Mexico Bowl. Before taking over at Temple, Addazio worked as an assistant for Urban Meyer at Florida.
BC athletic director Brad Bates called the 53-year-old Addazio a “proven winner.”
He replaces Frank Spaziani, who was fired after four seasons as head coach and 16 overall at BC. Spaziani went 22-29 with the Eagles.
Bielema’s hiring by Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long was a stunner. Arkansas came in with high hopes, even after Bobby Petrio was fired amid scandal during the summer, but things fell apart quickly and the Razorbacks finished 4-8 under interim coach John L. Smith.
Bielema is in his seventh season as Barry Alvarez’s hand-picked successor at Wisconsin.
He’s 68-24 with the Badgers, with four double-digit win seasons, and he coached Wisconsin to a 17-14 win over Arkansas in his first season at the Capital One Bowl.
Malzahn was the offensive coordinator at Auburn for three seasons under the coach the Tigers just fired, Gene Chizik.
With Malzahn running the offense, and Cam Newton playing quarterback, Auburn went 14-0 in 2010 and won a national title. Malzahn left to take the Arkansas State job after last season and Auburn finished 3-9 and 0-8 in the SEC without him.
In Belcher Shooting
Kansas City, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher told officers who found him sleeping in his car outside an apartment complex hours before he committed a murder-suicide that he was there to visit a woman he described as his “girlfriend,” but that she wasn’t home.
The apartment complex is about 10 miles from the Kansas City home Belcher shared with 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, the mother of their 3-month-old daughter, Zoey. Belcher shot Perkins at their home Saturday morning before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where he committed suicide in the practice facility’s parking lot, police said.
Police responded to a report about 2:50 a.m. Saturday of a man sleeping in his car outside an apartment building, police spokesman Darin Snapp said yesterday. When police approached the car, Belcher got out of the vehicle and was cooperative, Snapp said.
Snapp said that was the last contact police had with Belcher “until his name came up” with the shooting at his home.
Witnesses have since told police that Belcher stayed at that apartment until 6:30 a.m., Snapp said.
At about 7:50 a.m., police were called to Belcher’s home after he had shot and killed Perkins, whose body was found on the floor of the master bathroom with multiple gunshot wounds, according to a police incident report.
Belcher then drove about five miles to Arrowhead Stadium, where he was met by general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel, who Belcher thanked for all they had done for him. When police arrived, Belcher moved behind a vehicle, out of clear view of officers, Snapp said. He said Belcher then knelt down and shot himself once in the head.
Snapp said Belcher also used two separate, legally registered handguns in the shootings.
Friends have said the relationship between Belcher and Perkins was strained. The couple briefly lived apart recently before getting back together by Thanksgiving, friend Brianne York told The Associated Press.
Dolphins’ Long on IR
Davie, Fla. — Left tackle Jake Long was placed on injured reserve yesterday by the Miami Dolphins because of a left triceps injury, ending his season and perhaps his tenure with the team.
The perennial Pro Bowl pick and No. 1 overall choice in the 2008 draft was hurt in Sunday’s loss to New England. Long might have played his final game for Miami because he can become an unrestricted free agent this winter.
IOC Suspends India
Lausanne, Switzerland — The IOC suspended India’s national Olympic committee yesterday because of government interference in its election process, a major embarrassment for the world’s second most populous nation.
After months of warnings, the IOC executive board imposed the sanction when the Indian Olympic Association failed to comply with the world body’s demands for holding independent elections.
The decision, first reported by The Associated Press, was announced at an IOC news conference after the executive board’s first day of a two-day meeting in Lausanne.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams said India was suspended “due to its failure to comply with the Olympic Charter and its statutes and failure to inform the IOC in a timely manner.”
Under the suspension, the Indian body will stop receiving IOC funding and its officials will be banned from attending Olympic meetings and events. India’s athletes will be barred from competing in Olympic events under their national flag, although the IOC could allow them to do so under the Olympic flag.
McIlroy Named Player
Of the Year
La Quinta, Calif. — Rory McIlroy was voted PGA Tour player of the year after winning four times, including his second major championship.
The tour does not release how its players voted on the award, though not even Tiger Woods came close to the kind of year McIlroy had on the PGA Tour this year. He won the Honda Classic, two FedEx Cup playoff events against some of the strongest fields and captured his second major when he won the PGA Championship by eight shots.
McIlroy also won the PGA Tour money title and the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average.