Report: Jeff Hafley leaving Ohio State after one season for head coaching job
Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley is reportedly on his way out of Columbus after one season, according to multiple reports.
Late Friday night, Yahoo Sports! college football reporter Pete Thamel reported that Boston College is finalizing a deal to make Hafley the new head coach. The program decided to part ways with former head coach Steve Addazio following the 2019 season.
Hafley, 40, spent just one season in Columbus as a co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. He turned the Buckeyes’ defense into one of the most dominant in college football, as Ohio State improved from No. 72 in total defense to No. 2 this year.
Source: BC close to finalizing a deal to hire Ohio State DC Jeff Hafley. https://t.co/CRtfVelU4m
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 14, 2019
Hafley was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, presented to the most outstanding assistant coach in college football. LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady was the winner.
According to Thamel, Hafley met with Boston College officials on Thursday and it was his second interview for the position. He is expected to be formally announced as the next head coach soon.
Thamel also reports that Hafley is expected to stay in his role as co-defensive coordinator with Ohio State through the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes play Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28.
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