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Report: Bob Diaco to interview at Boston College

Dec 2, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

Courtesy of South Bend Tribune Courtesy of South Bend Tribune

File this under the category of not unexpected, but still worth a worry. A report out of, the Rivals’ Boston College affiliate, is reporting that Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco will interview for the Eagles head coaching job. Veteran scribe Mark Blaudschun, who has a great handle on the B.C. athletic department, thinks the interview will most likely happen on Monday.

The defensive coordinator of the No. 1 team in the country, and the architect of the nation’s top scoring defense, will always garner attention in the coaching market. And with a ton of high profile jobs still on the market, you have to expect a young, enthusiastic coach like Diaco to get some attention.

For reference, here’s a look at the open jobs on the market:

Boston College
Southern Miss
Western Michigan

At this point, you can likely cross off any non-AQ jobs for Diaco. With his star on the rise, there’s no reason for Diaco to take a stepping stone job like the one at UTEP, Southern Miss or Western Michigan, though Diaco spent the 2004 season coaching special teams and linebackers for the Broncos.

Diaco is the antithesis of the SEC, so you can all but cross off Arkansas, Auburn, or Tennessee from this list as well. While Colorado and Cal are intriguing options — Bladschun mentioned that Cal met with Diaco in Chicago this weekend — the academic profile at Berkeley is a good fit, but a coordinator moving to their first head coaching job with next to zero experience on the West Coast would be a daring hire by Sandy Barbour.

That leaves Boston College and Purdue, both places that should take a long look at Diaco. With Diaco’s roots in the Northeast, he’s got a great grasp of the area and has had success recruiting the East Coast for the Irish. While the Eagles’ role in the ACC isn’t necessarily the strongest, and Boston College’s facilities aren’t up-to-snuff when compared to the rest of college football’s elite, it’s certainly a great first head coaching job, and the academic and spiritual aspects are a great fit for Diaco.

Of course, any reports of an interview are a long way from Diaco getting hired. As a first time head coach, Diaco might not be ready to be a major program’s CEO, and a major media market like Boston might take some shots at a coach that doesn’t always come off as eloquent in his dealings with the press.

No time is a good time to lose a key assistant coach, and the month of prep before Notre Dame’s first national championship chance in 24 years certaintly is no exception. But Diaco is certainly worth of an extended look, and credit new Boston College athletic director Brad Bates for checking on the Irish’s dynamic defensive coordinator.

  1. ndtod - Dec 3, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Diaco is a total werewolf. If we lose him it is a blow.

  2. jmfinsd - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Watch Kelly’s presser following the official BCS announcement. Link on or go here – He talks about Diaco interviewing generally and at BC in particular; starts around the 14:00 mark. He won’t go into specifics about discussions he’s had with Diaco other than to say that he’ll give input if asked. He then said something like,”Bob Diaco is an incredible coach, and he knows he fits so well here at Notre Dame. That’s why we haven’t had a ton of conversations about it.” Sounds like Kelly knows something. My bet is Diaco is interviewing to get the experience for next year or the year after. Just my .02.

  3. papadec - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    For what its worth – isn’t N. Illinois looking for a new HC? I would think that would be a great spot for Bob D to slide into – a MAC HC position to develop his skills as a HC, then move up in a few years.

    • papadec - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:35 AM

      Ooooooops – never mind – NIU filled the HC position with an internal upgrade. They didn’t waste any time.

  4. badgerbuck - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    If he does leave for BC or any other job how any other coaches will go with him if asked from Kelly’s staff?

  5. rcali - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Don’t blame him but he needs to go immediately if his focus is elsewhere.

  6. ndfaithful - Dec 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Just heard and read that BC will hire the guy from Temple.

    I hope ND opens up the checkbook and pays Diaco what he’s worth – MORE THAN ANY OTHER COORDINATOR AND MOST HEAD COACHES.

    Kelly didn’t seem to worried in the press conference this week. Hopefully they can keep this guy around a long time!


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