The coach stealing phase of college football has begun and the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff, the Ohio State Buckeyes, are not safe from the flurry of new hires.
Bruce Feldman reports that Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley is expected to fill the head coaching vacancy at Boston College after the College Football Playoff concludes.
Hafley will be replacing Steve Addazio who is set to take over as head coach of Colorado State.
This could prove to be a huge loss for the Buckeyes as Hafley was a finalist to receive the Broyles Award, which goes to the best assistant coach in college football. Hafley was also pivotal in the recruiting processes which led to Ohio State boasting the No. 2 class in the nation.
Hafley had a large influence on Ohio States' stout defense, and they were one of the top units in the country in 2019. This year the Buckeyes tied for second in the nation in points allowed and also finished the season second in total yards allowed.
Boston College's issue this season was on the defensive side of the ball, which explains the hire of Hafley. They ranked 125th in yards per game allowed and 103rd in points per game allowed. They'll task Hafley with revamping their defense while helping them compete in a weak ACC.
Hafley has NFL coaching experience, having served as an assistant coach in the pro's from 2012-18, working under the likes of Greg Schiano, Mike Pettine, Chip Kelly and Kyle Shanahan.