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.
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