Ohio State offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien is the top target for the Boston College coaching vacancy, a source involved in the discussions told The Athletic.
O’Brien, a 54-year-old Boston native, had flirted with the job the last time it came open. He took the OC job at Ohio State only three weeks ago, but emerged as a strong candidate for the Eagles vacancy after Jeff Hafley accepted a job as the Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator.
The Eagles are seeking a candidate with head-coaching experience, and O’Brien has deep ties in the area. He did an excellent job under tough circumstances when he took over the Penn State program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. O’Brien stabilized the program and recruited well. He went 15-9 before the jumping back to the NFL to coach the Houston Texans. He then spent two seasons under Nick Saban as Alabama’s OC.
Last year, he was back in New England as the Patriots OC. The Boston College job is a tough one and has fewer resources than most power conference jobs — it doesn’t have anywhere near the same access to talent that others in the ACC, most notably FSU, Clemson and Miami, have.
The job, however, appears to be an ideal fit for O’Brien’s family. His son Jack has a rare neurological disorder called lissencephaly. His son Michael is a pitcher at Tufts University, which is not far from BC.
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