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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.

Bill Belichick lauds retiring Urban Meyer as 'great man' and 'good friend'

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Bill Belichick lauds retiring Urban Meyer as 'great man' and 'good friend'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick and Urban Meyer are still close, in case you were wondering.

Belichick hasn't drafted a player coached by Meyer since 2014, when he dipped into the pool of available Florida Gators twice to take first-round defensive lineman Dominique Easley and sixth-round offensive lineman Jon Halapio. 

But on Wednesday, one day after Meyer's final game coaching Ohio State -- Meyer is stepping down, citing health reasons -- Belichick praised the Buckeyes boss.

"Go back a long way with Urban," Belichick said. "Talk to him multiple times every season. Have great respect and appreciation for what he's done -- the national championships and the programs that he's built . . .

"Great man. Has had tremendous success. Has been a good friend. Have great admiration for what he's done."

Belichick is of course keenly aware that Meyer's name has been in the news for the better part of the last six months because of how he handled domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant coach. Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season after an investigation into the situation. 

But Belichick's loyalty to his friend was apparent at his most recent press conference. 

There was a time when Belichick seemed to be ushering Meyer-coached players to New England on a semi-annual basis. Nate Ebner, Jermaine Cunningham, Brandon Spikes, Aaron Hernandez, Chad Jackson and Jeremy Mincey were all drafted by Belichick in a seven-year span.

Though it's been years since Belichick selected one of Meyer's players in the draft, he has attended the Ohio State pro day, and he spoke at the school's coaching clinic last year. There Belichick discussed, among other things, how having role players like Ebner can help build a successful program.

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Ohio State vs. Northwestern live stream: Watch Big 10 championship game online

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Ohio State vs. Northwestern live stream: Watch Big 10 championship game online

The No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes take on the No. 21 Northwestern Wildcats in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday night in a matchup that could have a profound effect on the final 2018 College Football Playoff standings. 

The Buckeyes are No. 6 in the latest CFP rankings, and they need a blowout win over the Wildcats -- and some help from other teams losing, too -- to have any chance of reaching the playoff.

A couple New England Patriots players will be pulling for Ohio State, including running back Nate Ebner and defensive lineman John Simon. Ebner actually won a few hundred dollars in a bet against Patriots quarterback and former Michigan star Tom Brady last week when the Buckeyes upset the Wolverines. Since Brady entered the NFL in 2000, the Patriots have won more Super Bowl titles (five) than Michigan has wins over Ohio State (three).

Brady, Ebner and Simon are among 14 current Patriots who played at Big Ten schools, so you can bet several of New England's players will be checking out Saturday's showdown in Indianapolis. 

Here's how and when to watch Ohio State vs. Northwestern online.

When: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO

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