Boston College made a splash hire by naming Bill O’Brien as the head football coach less than a month after he was hired as the offensive coordinator at Ohio State. ESPN's Greg McElroy praised the decision as a 'slam dunk' and a no-brainer, citing O’Brien's roots in the area, his wife's alumni status at BC, and his strong reputation. O’Brien previously led Penn State during a challenging time, achieving a 15-9 record despite NCAA sanctions, and later coached the Houston Texans for seven seasons, securing four playoff appearances. After a stint at Alabama as the offensive coordinator, O’Brien's success in developing Bryce Young was highlighted.

By the Numbers
  • Bill O'Brien led Penn State to a 15-9 record over two seasons despite NCAA sanctions.
  • O'Brien had a 52-48 record as head coach of the Houston Texans, with four playoff appearances.
  • Under O'Brien's coaching, Alabama won the 2021 SEC Championship and made a College Football Playoff run with Heisman winner Bryce Young.
Bottom Line

Bill O'Brien's hiring at Boston College has been widely praised, with his strong coaching background and local connections positioning him as an ideal fit for the program's leadership.