Fitch, Washington join staff officially
BC finally release an announcement confirming that Todd Fitch and Al Washington will be part of Addazio's new staff. Fitch will coach Wide Receivers and has a ties to the Midwest and New England. Most recently he was OC at USF, so you hope he brings some Florida connections to the mix too. While USF's offense was BC-like this year in its ineffectiveness, Fitch will only be in charge of the WRs. He should be more than capable.
Washington staying is not a surprise. Washington coaching Running Backs is. When Spaz was fired, the three names who gained the most support from Football Alumni were Barry Gallup, Bill McGovern and Al Washington. Gallup will always have some job at BC and McGovern is probably back where he belongs. Washington was the wildcard. His resume is short, so those who went to bat for him are basing it more on the person and his playing days. And I have no problem with that. While you don't want your staff filled with Alumni, having at least one is important. He can relate to the players. He can fill in the gaps with the staff and he can be a bridge between the past and the present. Washington also brings some much needed youth and diversity to the mix. The red flag is that he's taking over a position that he's never played nor coached. While this has been uncommon among BC hires in the last decade, it is not unusual for college football. Guys switch sides and take on new positions all the time. Breaking down film and teaching is universal to coaching regardless of which position you coach. The drills and little nuances can be learned and on a staff of offensive, run-focused veterans, I am sure we will be fine with Washington. What he will need to do is recruit hard. On most staffs that is what is expected of the young guys. They have the energy and they can relate to the high school players. Washington wasn't a huge factor in this most recent recruiting class, but the based on player tweets, he can connect. Now he just needs to keep going strong.
One more thing on Washington...go watch this video and remember this quote: "all Washington was doing was defending his teammate." We talk about loyalty a lot, Washington is a guy who has proven it on the field.