Boston College football is often over-shadowed in the Northeast, especially when you compare it to the other Power Five conferences across the country, it just doesn’t stack up. This hire is huge for the program and the institution as a reset now can help the Eagles reach heights they’ve never gone to before and maybe grab a hold of some of the passionate football fans in the area that dedicate all of their time and fan-hood on the New England Patriots.
When Athletic Director Martin Jarmond dismissed Steve Adazzio a few weeks back, it’s clear he’s not satisfied just winning enough games to barely qualify for bowl games and a sub-par conference record. Addazio’s Eagles were surely tough, but he never was able to quite build a consistent program to contend for the ACC or even get a sniff of the conference championship game. During his tenure, BC went 44-44 overall and 22-34 in the conference, never once finishing above .500 in the conference in any season. Sure they’ve reached 6 bowl games, but a lot of good it does a program to consistently play in the Pinstripe Bowl. When your stadium is half empty and you can’t even fill up the student section, you know you’re in trouble.
BC started off the turn of the century as a consistent top program having less than 8 wins in a season only once during the span of 2001-2010 turning out consistent All-Pro NFL players such as Matt Ryan and Luke Kuechly. It’s clear Jarmond wants the program to get back to that level and he can trace back to his ties at the Ohio State University when searching for his next coach. After all, Boston College did just unveil a brand new 115,000 square-foot practice facility worth more than $50M last year, clearly showing Jarmond is committed to building a sustained football program and perhaps the academic side can alleviate some of their standards in turn.
Jeff Hafley is THE guy for the Eagles. He’s got quite the resume that makes him the ideal candidate for the job. First up is the obvious tie to the Buckeyes. He coordinated the No. 1 defense in the country and is a top name in coaching circles as seats open up and candidates are brought forth. The 40-year-old Hafley is a New Jersey native with strong ties to the Northeast and tangible results in recruiting the area.
Hafley got his start in coaching at Worcester Polytechnic Institute before spending the next four years at the University of Albany. He earned the moniker of being an elite recruiter in New Jersey at Pitt before joining Greg Schiano‘s staff at Rutgers, then shortly thereafter following him to the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Former 49ers coach Chip Kelly raved about Hafley’s leadership and teaching ability.
Hafley learned under great coaches in both college and the pros that he will take that with him to the Eagles in building his program. The former college receiver has made his living primarily coaching in the secondary on defense and has a proven track record of success. Someone is going to give Hafley a full-time head coaching gig sooner or later, and here’s to hoping Jarmond and Boston College are the ones to do it.
Hafley is not only familiar with working in the market, he has extremely strong ties to the Northeast. In addition, he’s not only coordinated the best defense in the country, he’s also had experience working at different levels of football from the NFL all the way to Division III college football. Jeff Hafley is THE guy for Boston College, and I for one, will be excited if this comes to fruition and eager for the new era of BC Football.