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Reports: UMass fires Whipple as coach

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Reports: UMass fires Whipple as coach

UMass will part ways with football coach Mark Whipple after a 4-8 season, according to multiple reports.

Bruce Feldman of The Athletic and FOX Sports was first to report the news, which was confirmed by MassLive.com's Matt Vautour.

The Minutemen concluded their season with a 66-27 loss to powerhouse Georgia on Saturday. Whipple was 16-44 in his second stint at UMass, which began in 2014. He had coached the Minutemen to a Division I-AA title in 1998 and after years as an NFL assistant, he came back to lead the program after it was elevated to the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly Division I-A. 

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Report: Boston College close to hiring Ohio State DC Jeff Hafley as head coach

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Report: Boston College close to hiring Ohio State DC Jeff Hafley as head coach

Boston College reportedly is close to hiring its new head football coach.

After parting ways with Steve Addazio earlier this month, the Eagles are close to replacing him with Ohio State defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley, according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports.

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Hafley helped the Buckeyes finish No. 2 nationally in total defense this season. Prior to joining Ohio State in 2019, Hafley served as a defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers.

The move particularly makes sense for BC as it finished the 2019 campaign No. 125 of 130 in total defense. Hafley also has built a reputation over the years as one of the top recruiters in the country.

The formal announcement of Hafley's hiring is expected to be made soon.

Boston College fires head football coach Steve Addazio

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Boston College fires head football coach Steve Addazio

Boston College is moving on from its head football coach Steve Addazio.

BC fired Addazio on Sunday, according to Yahoo Sports. Addazio spent the last seven seasons with the Eagles, fishing his tenure in Chestnut Hill with a 44-44 record.

Boston College ended its 2019 campaign 6-6, but was able to earn a 26-19 road win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. According to Yahoo, "BC brass made the move in the hopes of finding someone who can make the Eagles more competitive in the ACC."

Wide receivers coach Rich Gunnell reportedly will replace Addazio in the interim.

Addazio had signed a two-year contract extension with BC after last season.

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