November 21, 2010

OB Exclusive: Texas hires a new offensive line coach

Steve Adazzio, who served as the offensive line coach at Florida during the Gators' national title runs in 2006 and 2008 under Urban Meyer, will replace Mac McWhorter as the offensive line coach at Texas, has learned.

Adazzio, 51, replaced Dan Mullen (now Mississippi State's head coach) as the offensive coordinator at Florida in December 2008 and served in that capacity the past two seasons under Meyer.

But he leaves Florida, where Meyer has resigned and been replaced by former Texas coach-in-waiting Will Muschamp, to come to Austin.

Adazzio, a Connecticut native who played football at Central Connecticut State from 1978-81 (where Cowboys assistant coach Dave Campo also attended), coached with Urban Meyer at Notre Dame in 1999 and 2000 under Bob Davie, when Adazzio was offensive line coach and Meyer was receivers coach for the Irish.

Adazzio also coached at Syracuse under then coach Paul Pasqualoni as offensive line and tight ends coach from 1995-98 when Donovan McNabb was the QB.

Adazzio was the offensive line coach at Indiana under then-coach Gerry DiNardo in 2002 and 2003 before being promoted to offensive coordinator of the Hoosiers in 2004, DiNardo's last season as coach.

In 2005, Adazzio was reunited with Meyer at Florida, when Meyer hired him as offensive line coach. When Meyer resigned briefly after the 2009 season, Adazzio was named interim head coach before Meyer decided to return for the 2010 season.

During his career, Adazzio has also coached special teams. But it's unclear if he'll handle those chores at Texas.

--Here is a list of players he has coached at the various stops in his career who have gone on to the NFL as listed in his bio on the Florida Gators' web site:


A consensus 2009 All-American and recipient of the Rimington Trophy, presented to the nation's best center. Played in 41 games with 38 career starts.

LT PHIL TRAUTWEIN - A 2007 & 2008 All-SEC selection and 2008 Sports Illustrated second-team All-American. Played in 46 games with 29 starts as a Gator and was a 2008 team captain.

OT RANDY HAND - Named to the 2005 AP and Coaches' Second Team All-SEC team. Played in 47 games with 41 starts, including the last 34 games of his college career.


Three-time All-Big Ten selection who started in the 2002 Hula Bowl. Also served as co-captain for the Hoosiers and earned Academic All-Big Ten four times.

WR COURTNEY ROBY - Indiana's all-time career leader in receptions (170) and receiving yards (2,524). Was an All-Big Ten second-team choice in 2004. Led the Hoosiers in receiving three-straight seasons. Selected in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.


Rated third nationally among tight ends in 2000 preseason rankings by both The Sporting News and Lindy's. Named to 2000 preseason All-Independent teams by The Sporting News and Football News. Combined with Dan O'Leary to provide Notre Dame with solid pairing at the tight end position. Listed as first-team preseason All-America tight end for '99 by Lindy's - and was rated seventh nationally among tight ends in '99 preseason position evaluations by The Sporting News. Selected to play in 2001 Delchamps Senior Bowl All-Star Game.

TE DAN O'LEARY - Led all 2000 Notre Dame receivers in playing time and caught 10 passes for 87 yards and one touchdown. Developed into a consistently solid blocker to go along with his impressive receiving skills.


First-team All-Big East offensive guard.

TE ROLAND WILLIAMS - Started every game as a senior for the Orange in 2000, catching eight passes for 132 yards (16.5 avg.) and one touchdown. Played on Syracuse's special teams. Williams recorded a career-high 13 catches for 140 yards (10.8 avg.) and five touchdowns.

Others players Adazzio has coached:

TE Kaseem Sinceno (FA) - Syracuse '98 - Philadelphia Eagles
TE Roland Williams (4th) - Syracuse '98 - St. Louis Rams
OL Scott Kiernan (FA) - Syracuse '99 - New York Giants
OT Mark Baniewicz (7th) - Syracuse '00 - Jacksonville Jaguars
TE Jabari Holloway (4th) - Notre Dame '01- New England Patriots
TE Dan O'Leary (6th) - Notre Dame '01 - Buffalo Bills
OG P.J. Alexander (FA) - Syracuse '02 - Denver Broncos
TE John Owens (5th) - Notre Dame '02 - Detroit Lions
OG Kurt Vollers (FA) - Notre Dame '02 - Indianapolis Colts
OT Jordan Black (5th) - Notre Dame '03 - Kansas City Chiefs
OT Brennan Curtin (6th) - Notre Dame '03 - Green Bay Packers
C Jeff Faine (1st) - Notre Dame '03 - Cleveland Browns
OT Enoch DeMar (FA) - Indiana '03 - Cleveland Browns
OG Sean Mahan (5th) - Notre Dame '03 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OT Jim Molinaro (7th) - Notre Dame '04 - Washington Redskins
WR Courtney Roby (3rd) - Indiana '05 - Tennessee Titans
OT Randy Hand (FA) - Florida '06 - New England Patriots
OT Isaac Sowells (4th) - Indiana '06 - Cleveland Browns
OT Tavares Washington (FA) - Florida '06 - San Francisco 49ers'
C Drew Miller (FA) - Florida '08 - Jacksonville Jaguars
OT Carlton Medder (FA) - Florida '08 - Arizona Cardinals
OT Phil Trautwein (FA) - Florida '09 - St. Louis Rams
OT Jason Watkins (FA) - Florida '09 - Houston Texans

MY TAKE: Adazzio brings a ton of coaching experience (26 years) to the program and could serve as a strong mentor to a young offensive coordinator like Bryan Harsin of Boise State, who appears to have Mack Brown's interest. Adazzio has coached lines on offenses that have run option, pro style and a spread option attack. He's seen and done it all, and most importantly, he's a hard ass. His lines will be tough mentally and physically. He's also a strong motivator. Players like and respect him.

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