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Report: Boston College has chosen Jeff Hafley to be new football coach

A person with knowledge of the situation says Boston College is finalizing an agreement with Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley to be the Eagles’ new head football coach.

This week, Hafley was finalist for the 2019 Broyles Award, which is given to the nation’s best assistant coach.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because an agreement had not yet been reached.

Hafley spent seven seasons in the NFL before joining the Buckeyes this year. The 40-year-old New Jersey native also has coached in college at Rutgers and Pittsburgh.

Hafley, who coaches defensive backs, has helped turn around an Ohio State defense that struggled last year, but enters the College Football Playoff leading the nation in yards per play at 3.93.

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Boston College fired Steve Addazio the day after the Eagles finished the regular season 6-6. He went 44-44 in seven seasons with BC and was hired by Colorado State to be its head coach this week.

Hafley coached under Dave Wannstedt at Pitt and Greg Schiano at Rutgers before joining Schiano with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012 as assistant secondary coach. He spent two seasons with Cleveland and then three with San Francisco before joining new Buckeyes coach Ryan Day at Ohio State this year.

According to the Ohio State website, Hafley played four seasons as a wide receiver at Siena College (1997-2000), graduating cum laude in 2001 with a degree in history.

Hafley has a wife, Gina, and two daughters. His coaching career began at WPI as a running backs coach in 2001.

He moved to the University of Albany, working for four seasons as defensive assistant and defensive backs coach (2002-05). While at Albany, according to the OSU website, he earned his masters in 2003.

From there, he went to Pitt (2006-10), where he coached Darrelle Revis.

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After one season at Rutgers, he moved to the NFL for two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, and three with the San Francisco 49ers.

Hafley was one of the five first-time finalists for the 2019 Broyles Award, along with Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Snow, Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning, Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley, and, the eventual winner, LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady.