BC closing in on new coach?

After a week of  gathering names and putting together a wish list which would be inclined to accept an offer as Boston College’s next football coach, BC Director of Athletics Brad Bates will focus on Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco if he can’t convince Miami coach Al Golden to consider what could be more than a 5-year $10 million offer to take over the BC football program.

The interview –which could come as early as Monday–with Diaco was first reported by Eagleaction. com and later confirmed by sources at BC and Notre Dame..

 California AD Sandy Barbour also has expressed an interest in Diaco and Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.

If  all goes well,  Diaco  could very well move to the final stage of meeting with BC President Father William Leahy.

 Since Bates has a committment in New York on Tuesday, Monday would seem most likely  time frame.. Diaco has East coast connections, growing up in New Jersey. He was named as a Jerseyguy of the Week last month before ND’s game against Boston College and was listed as a prime candidate for a FBS head coaching job.

Published reports have also listed Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Mike  Sullivan in the mix at BC as well. Sullivan came to Tampa Bay from Tom Coughlin’s staff with the New York Giants, thus the BC connection. He joined Greg Schiano’s staff this season. The main concern about Sullivan is that he has not been associated with college football since 2001, which Bates said was a factor, but hardly a deal breaker when discussing NFL assistants as candidates.

Diaco will listen, but will he take an offer if one is made? According to sources in the MAC and at Notre Dame, Barbour, who is looking for a coach to replace Jeff Tedford, reportedly flew to Chicago over the weekend and met with not only Diaco, but Kent State coach  Darrell Hazell and Narduzzi as well.

Diaco, with his East Coast roots, would seem to be more inclined to Boston College than California if an offer is tendered even though any job in the Pac-12 is regarded as a prime job.

If Bates can close the deal, BC could have its next coach in place by Wednesday or Thursday.

 No matter what Bates does, he will be fighting a constantly moving clock as decisions are made and candidates are removed from the mix.

Bates will make a final push on Golden and then move to the next level, which would appear to have Diaco at the top of that list.

The plan, however, is to have some one in place by the end of the week at the latest.


© 2012, Mark. All rights reserved.

  19 comments for “BC closing in on new coach?

  1. MaroonNGold
    December 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Cal has 1 big edge on us: no Leahy.

  2. Mark
    December 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    For some reason, I really am nervous about an NFL coordinator even if he had a BC connection. The college recruiting process has changed so much and thus being current is critical. In that sense, I feel better about a college coordinator than an NFL name. At the risk of a second mention, the head coach at San Jose State should be in the mix. I would take him over a lot of other names on the chat boards. He took over a dismal San Jose Team in the backyard of Stanford, USC, Washington, UCLA, and Oregon and has achieved a dramatic turnaround in 3 years having them ranked at 10-2 including a loss to Stanford in a game they could have won at Stanford.

  3. John
    December 3, 2012 at 12:35 am

    If it’s between Cal and BC, Cal prob wins. Half a billion in facilities that just opened up, plus CA recruiting. Also in one of the big conferences. BUT, he will prob have an easier time finding W’s coaching in the ACC.

  4. Kegan
    December 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    As of this past half century, Boston College has been a much more prominent job than Cal, whereas we don’t have to compete with USC, Stanford, or UCLA for regional prominence. The New England Area is ours. Also, Cal is very much a dead end job compared to Boston College. Diaco can gain a lot more from going to BC if he wants to move onto the next level.

    • Mark
      December 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      For BC’s sake, I hope you are right.

    • atoms
      December 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Cal is a dead end job compared to BC?!? LOLOLOL hilarious, I’ll have some of what you’re smoking.

      • Kegan
        December 2, 2012 at 11:18 pm

        Name me someone other than Mariucci that has gotten a quality job after Cal.

    • CalFan
      December 3, 2012 at 12:10 am

      That’s because Cal is a destination job. BC is a stepping stone job. Cal is EASILY the more attractive job of the two.

    • BET
      December 3, 2012 at 12:24 am

      That’s because Cal is a destination job. Bay Area weather and living standard, brand new facilities, a fan base that won’t turn on you when you have a rough season, and 2.3 million+ salary. How much can BC pay, $1 million? And regional? With UCLA and USC? Have you ever been to California? The Bay Area is the same distance from Los Angeles as Boston is from Baltimore, MD.

    • Eric
      December 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      That’s a dumb way to look at it. Where ever you think he might land post-BC HC gig, is the same place he could land after sticking around ND and running one of the best defenses in the country. He doesn’t need this next gig as a stepping stone. He already has one of the biggest platforms in CFB.

      Difference in fan bases, Cal (who has yet to offer him) thinks he has everything to build something big. You think BC is better because he could get a better job after he dumps you. Strange.

      If building a program is what he wants, Cal wins big. Better recruiting base, better facilities, major NFL pipeline which helps in recruiting and fundraising, and better(stable) conference. This new ACC/BIGEAST hybrid is only attractive to Big East left behinds.

  5. jeffrey maciejowski
    December 2, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    There is some talk that Diaco will be coming to BC either on Monday or Tuesday for an interview…..can you confirm this??????

    • Mark
      December 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Is coming. But Cal AD talked to him in Chicago. If you are Diaco, do you go to Cal or BC?

      • Dennis
        December 3, 2012 at 2:06 am

        He didn’t get an offer so I would say he is available and if he fits the mold and does well in the interview….he may be it. The question is can he recruit and can he make this program relevant again. I am looking for more than8-4 and Belk Bowl appearances…can this guy do it? The last time we got a former ND assistant as a HC we went 0-11….a little worried that’s all.

      • jeffrey maciejowski
        December 3, 2012 at 6:32 am

        Have to think that Diaco is very interested in BC job and that an offer must be forthcoming……if not…..why bother to come to Boston for an interview…..believe BC job is better than Cal…..

    • Mark
      December 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Normally I wouldn’t take the time to dignify your spastic comments. But Im in a holiday mood. You aren’t even an asshole. An asshole has a function in life. You are a hemorrhoid. You have no function in life. Spaz was and is my friend. He did his best. It wasnt good enough. I will always stand up for my friends. You are aptly named. and this will be your last 15 seconds of fame on this website.

      • SpazWastedMySeason
        December 2, 2012 at 11:39 pm

        Obviously Diaco is extremely interested in BC or why would he even bother with the interview. As for Spaz, I don’t blame him for the BC record but I certainly throw coach Flip under the bus for hiring someone who was way way over his head as the BC coach. Leahy did the right thing by putting that lump into some obscure closet, i mean office at BC to wallow through the rest of his meaningless BC days in utter obscurity.

      • Ben Dover
        December 2, 2012 at 11:49 pm

        Your war against me goes continues.

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