"Sources close to Boston College football coach Tom O'Brien tell NECN that O'Brien has been offered and will accept the head coaching job at ACC rival North Carolina State.
"This ends O'Brien's successful 10-year campaign as the Eagles' boss where he resurrected a troubled program and brought them back to respectability."
O'Brien has turned Boston College into one of the nation's finest football programs. In 10 seasons, he has posted a 75-45 record (62.5%). In 2006, despite losing key starters on both sides of the ball, O'Brien led Boston College to a 9-3 record, and the team is currently ranked No. 23 in both polls. BC will face Navy in the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl on December 30th.
Under O'Brien, Boston College has now won nine games for the fourth time in five years; eight or more games for the sixth year in a row and seventh time in eight years; and seven or more games for a school-record eighth year in a row.
O'Brien's 2005 team was the first since 1984 to be ranked in the top 25 in at least one of the two major polls from start to finish. The team finished 17th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, its highest finish in that poll since 1993 (12th). It finished 18th in the final Associated Press poll, its highest finish in that poll 1993 (13th). The Eagles finished 12th in the final Sagarin rankings, which take into account win/loss record and strength of schedule. According to the rankings, the Eagles played the 22nd-most-difficult schedule in the country in 2005. Only Virginia Tech (5th) finished higher in the Sagarin rankings among ACC teams.
The team, BC's first in the Atlantic Coast Conference, finished 5-3 in their first year in the ACC, tying eventual champion Florida State for first place in the league's Atlantic Division. The 2005 Eagles led the ACC in total offense, averaging 387.8 yards per game, and also led the league in rushing defense (90.8 ypg.).
O'Brien is known for being successful in bowl games. Last year's team went to a school-record seventh consecutive bowl game and won its sixth in a row (27-21 over Boise State in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl), the longest active bowl game winning streak in the country.
A 1971 graduate of Navy, O'Brien stresses discipline and academics and is recognized as one of the best coaches in college football. He won the American Football Coaches' Association's 2004 Academic Achievement Award with a 100% graduation rate and received Honorable Mention status seven additional times during his tenure. BC was ranked number one in the country by USA Today when the paper re-ordered the final 2005 football Top 25 by APR (Academic Progress Rate) score to measure a combination of athletic and academic success.
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