Jeff Hafley named Boston College head coach

Tanya Simon
December 16, 2019

Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley will be Boston College's next coach, the school announced Saturday. Hafley helped turn around an Ohio State defense that struggled past year, but enters the College Football Playoff leading the nation in yards per play at 3.93. Addazio, who went 44-44 in seven seasons at Boston College, on Thursday was introduced as Colorado State's head coach. Hafley was responsible for the dramatic turnaround of Ohio State's defense this season, but with five defensive backs committed in the Buckeyes' 2020 recruiting class, there was plenty of reason to panic. The 40-year-old New Jersey native also has coached in college at Rutgers and Pittsburgh.

He was sacked the day after the Eagles finished the regular season with a 6-6 record and was hired by Colorado State to be its head coach this week.

"I've heard great things about him", interim coach Rich Gunnell said after the team practiced for the January 2 Birmingham Bowl.

Hafley came to Ohio State when Ryan Day lured him from the San Francisco 49ers.

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Hafley will be introduced in Chestnut Hill on Monday, but he won't take over the team until after Ohio State is finished with its postseason. The second classified Buckeyes (No. 2 CFP) will play against Clemson in the national semifinals. This year, it was a 24-point loss to Kansas, a helpless 21-point who had not won a road game against a Power 5 opponent since 2008. The final victory over Pittsburgh earned the Eagles a place in the bowl.

The Athletic's Ohio State coverage team of Ari Wasserman and Bill Landis got together to share their thoughts on Hafley's move, what it means for the Buckeyes and what could happen next.

Hafley trained under Dave Wannstedt with Pitt and Greg Schiano with Rutgers before moving to Schiano as an assistant secondary coach at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012. Under Hafley's tutelage, Revis had a breakout campaign in 2006, when he was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award before becoming one of the best cornerbacks in National Football League history.

Jarmond, who was an AD assistant in the state of OH before arriving in BC, fired Addazio the day after a regular season victory over Pittsburgh earned the Eagles a place in the bowl.

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