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Michael Holley Podcast: Martin Jarmond on decision to leave BC to become AD at UCLA

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Michael Holley Podcast: Martin Jarmond on decision to leave BC to become AD at UCLA

After spending the last three years as the athletic director at Boston College, Martin Jarmond made the decision to take his talents out West.

Jarmond opted to leave BC for a new opportunity as the director of athletics at UCLA. On the latest episode of The Michael Holley Podcast, Jarmond opened up about his difficult choice.

"It's been crazy. The last three weeks, it's been one of the most interesting, hardest decisions of my life to leave Boston College to go to UCLA," Jarmond told Holley. "I've been here three years at BC ... It wasn't something I was looking for, you know? That's the interesting thing. Sometimes people say when you get jobs or an opportunity it's when you've got a great job and great situation and not necessarily looking, and this was exactly the same story here.

"We were doing some great things. COVID actually happened and shut down our spring sports and spring semester with athletics, which was unprecedented. So you're dealing with that and your student-athletes leaving campus and planning for the fall. And then all of a sudden this UCLA opportunity kind of bubbled up. I'm from North Carolina, I'm in the Northeast now, I never saw myself as 'West Coast.' But you never know when you're going to get that call and you have to answer that call. That next appointment, that next challenge, that next opportunity."

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While he's excited about the opportunity, Jarmond makes it clear it was an emotional decision and he'll cherish the time he spent as the head of the Boston College athletic program.

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"It was tough, man," Jarmond said. "When I called Father Leahy, the president at Boston College, I called him on a Friday night and it was still, I hadn't gotten the official offer from UCLA but it looked it was going to come. And I called him at 9 o'clock at night, and I said 'Father, I think I'm leaning towards doing this,' and then I just broke down and started crying.

"I was just bawling. And he said 'I wish I could come give you a hug right now' and I said 'I wish you could too.' That's just how emotional, how tough it was for me to leave BC and what we've been able to accomplish and the energy and momentum that we had."

For more from Jarmond, including why he believes Jeff Hafley is the right choice as the next BC head football coach, listen to the new episode of The Michael Holley Podcast by subscribing or checking it out on YouTube.

Boston College RB AJ Dillon goes to Packers in second round of 2020 NFL Draft

Boston College RB AJ Dillon goes to Packers in second round of 2020 NFL Draft

Chances are Aaron Rodgers will be more comfortable with the Green Bay Packers' second-round pick than with their first.

The Packers selected Boston College running back A.J. Dillon of New London, Conn., with the 62nd overall pick. With their first-round pick Thursday, Green Bay chose Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th pick to likely be Rodgers' understudy the way Rodgers was for Hall of Famer Brett Favre.

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Dillon, 6-foot, 247-pounds, was the centerpiece of BC's offense for three seasons and is the Eagles all-time leading rusher with 4,382 yards in his career. With 318 carries and 1,685 yards this past season, his workload was a concern for some scouts but he was projected to be a second-round pick by most analysts.

He's the grandson of College Football Hall of Famer Thom Gatewood, who was the first African-American team captain at Notre Dame.

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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.