Who might be the next BC football coach?

Al Golden, head coach of the University of Miami.
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Al Golden, head coach of the University of Miami.

Boston College AD Brad Bates said he is looking for “someone that oozes with integrity” as he searches for a replacement for fired football coach Frank Spaziani.

Who might he consider? The Boston Globe examines some options:

Prime candidates:


Al Golden, head coach at University of Miami: Golden has spent two seasons at Miami trying to pull a proud Hurricanes program from the rubble of an NCAA investigation. After going 6-6 in 2011, the ‘Canes are 6-5, including a season-opening victory over BC, but face a self-imposed postseason ban for a second straight season.

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Bob Diaco, defensive coordinator at Notre Dame: Diaco has headed the top-ranked Fighting Irish defense, which held the Eagles to 6 points earlier this month. The Irish, headed for the national title game, allowed just 10.3 points per game this season.

Darrell Hazell, head coach at Kent State University: Hazell has the Golden Flashes in the MAC title game with an outside shot at earning a BCS bowl berth. He has turned around a program that is experiencing its first winning season since 2001 (and just second since 1987). In his second year at Kent State, Hazell was previously an assistant at Ohio State under Jim Tressel.

Mark Whipple, quarterbacks coach for Cleveland Browns: Whipple has local ties going back to the Division 1-AA national title he won with the University of Massachusetts in 1998. He was thought to be a candidate six years ago when Tom O’Brien left Boston College for North Carolina State. After leaving UMass in 2003, Whipple served as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles, took a job as offensive coordinator at Miami, and jumped back to the NFL as a quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns.

Others who may be considered:


Sean McDonnell, head coach at New Hampshire: Has had success at a lower level with minimal backing from the university.

Steve Addazio, head coach at Temple: Addazio was a candidate before Spaziani was hired, when Addazio was still an assistant to Urban Meyer at Florida. He is a Connecticut native.

Dan Mullen, head coach at Mississippi State: Mullen is a native of Manchester, N.H. He has breathed life into the Mississippi State program, but could be looking for a less grueling league than the SEC.

Tim Murphy, head coach at Harvard: Murphy has become an institution at Harvard with players who adhere to its tough academic standards. He was the coach Cincinnati before going to Harvard. Would he consider a return to the top level of college football?