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Ohio State OC Bill O’Brien Expected To Accept Head Coaching Position At Boston College

After less than a month with the Ohio State football program, offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien is reportedly on the move again as he is expected to take the head coaching position at Boston College per ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

Ironically, the BC job only recently came open when former Ohio State defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley left as the Eagles’ head coach to become the defensive coordinator of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers.

Hafley spent one year at Ohio State where he was brought in as new head coach Ryan Day’s very first defensive coordinator.

O’Brien was the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots last year. Originally from Boston, O’Brien has spent eight of his 30+ years coaching at various stops in New England, including six total years with the Patriots.

O’Brien was last a college head coach at Penn State in 2012 and 2013, winning several head coach of the year awards in his first season in State College.

O’Brien would become the second Ohio State assistant coach in the past 12 years to leave his position before coaching a game. He’d join Bill Sheridan, who was Urban Meyer’s first hire as cornerbacks coach in 2012. Sheridan left after less than a month to become the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator. Meyer then hired Kerry Coombs from the University of Cincinnati for the same position.

With O’Brien now out the door, Ryan Day will be on the search again for an offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach to fill out his staff. Fortunately for Day, he already had a list put together. Unfortunately for him, however, many of those names have already found new homes.

This being Ohio State, however, the applications will still be plentiful.

Buckeye Huddle will have continuing coverage of this situation. You can find even more discussion on our Huddle message board.

[Bill O’Brien photo courtesy of the New England Patriots/David Silverman]

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