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Dec. 13, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 8

Search on to Replace Head Football Coach Tom O'Brien

Boston College expects to have a new football coach in place by the end of the month say University officials who are now actively seeking a replacement for departed coach Tom O'Brien.

O'Brien, who had coached at Boston College for the past 10 seasons, accepted the head coaching position at North Carolina State University on Dec. 8.

"We're going to go quick, but we're not going to hurry," said Athletics Director Gene DeFilippo, who is heading up the nation-wide search for the new coach. DeFilippo declined to name potential candidates who have expressed an interest in the job.

"I want to thank Tom for 10 really, really good years at Boston College," DeFilippo said. "He left this program in a lot better shape than the program he found."

In 10 years at Boston College, O'Brien led the football Eagles to a record of 75-45 the most wins of any coach in the University's 106-year football history. Under his leadership, the BC team has also qualified for eight consecutive bowl games, including the Dec. 30 Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, N.C. against Navy.

Boston College has won six consecutive post-season games, currently the longest bowl game winning streak in college football.

"There are great people and there's great excitement at Boston College," O'Brien told a press gathering in Raleigh as he formally accepted the North Carolina State appointment. "But this is an opportunity and I look forward to the opportunity to be here."

DeFilippo named defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani interim head coach of the team. Spaziani, who also has been on the BC staff for the past 10 years, will handle coaching duties for the bowl game against Navy.

"I want to thank Tom O'Brien for his 10 years of dedicated service to Boston College," said University President William P. Leahy. "All of us wish Tom the best in his new role at North Carolina State." -Reid Oslin

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