Jeff Hafley continues to assemble his first Boston College football coaching staff, with an assistant on the defensive side next up.
Thursday, BC announced the hiring of Vince Oghobaase as Hafley’s defensive line coach. And, for those curious, the new coach’s surname is pronounced oh-guh-BAH-see.
From 2016-17, Oghobaase was the assistant defensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers. During those two years, Hafley was the NFL team’s secondary coach before he moved on to Ohio State for the 2019 season.
Oghobaase also has experience at OSU, serving as a defensive graduate assistant for the Buckeyes for three years (2013-15).
In 2018-19, Oghobaase was the line coach for Chip Kelly at UCLA.
“I had the opportunity to work with Vince in San Francisco and his knowledge of the game, energy and commitment to the players jumped out to me,” said the Boston College football head coach in a statement. “At Ohio State, he trained under one of the best defensive line coaches in all of football in Larry Johnson and he gained excellent experience the last two seasons at the defensive line coach at UCLA. We are so excited to have Vince join our BC football family.”
Oghobaase began his coaching career at Duke, working as a graduate assistant for the Devils for two seasons (2011-12). He played his college football for the Blue Devils from 2006-09.
What was previously reported within the last few days is now official. Boston College has welcomed Notre Dame transfer quarterback Phil Jurkovec to the program.
Boston College officially announced the addition of Jurkovec to the program on Tuesday afternoon. Boston College was previously reported to be the most likely landing spot for the Fighting Irish transfer with rumors about his pending transfer to Boston College coming up just days after Jurkovec added his name to the NCAA transfer portal.
Jurkovec played two seasons at Notre Dame. Under standard NCAA transfer rules, Jurkovec would be required to sit out the 2020 season, He played in two games in 2018 but was able to preserve a year of eligibility due to the revised NCAA redshirt rule that went into effect in 2018. As it stands now, that would leave Jurkovec with just one year of eligibility to play at Boston College, in 2021.
However, according to the official release from Boston College, Jurkovec will apply for a waiver for immediate eligibility. The NCAA was pretty forgiving with waiver requests last season but it remains to be seen just how many players will get the cooperation of the NCAA this year when it comes to waiver requests.
Jurkovec played in six games for Notre Dame in 2019, including a brief appearance against Boston College in late November. Jurkovec attempted one pass and completed it for a 10-yard gain in the Irish victory in South Bend.
Nearly five weeks after being named as the new Colorado State Rams football head coach, Steve Addazio has gotten down to the business of filling two spots on his initial CSU staff.
Tuesday, the Rams announced that Joey Lynch has been named as Addazio’s offensive coordinator. Lynch was an assistant at Ball State for the past 11 seasons, the last six as the MAC program’s coordinator.
Lynch also held the title of assistant head coach.
On top of Lynch’s hiring, CSU also confirmed the addition of Brian White as running backs coach. He will also carry the title of senior associate head coach.
The past five seasons, White was on Addazio’s staff at Boston College as running backs coach. White has also served in the same position at Florida (2011-14) and Wisconsin (1995-06). He was also the Badgers’ offensive coordinator the last eight seasons in Madison.
“I am excited to bring Joey Lynch and Brian White to Fort Collins,” the Colorado State Rams football coach said in a statement. “Both men embody the characteristics we are looking for in this program: passion for the game, love for those around them, and an unrivaled toughness. I am looking forward to getting them both on the road to meet with recruits and around our program to grow with our players, staff, and community.”
Just a couple of days after signaling his intent to transfer from the Notre Dame football program, it appears Phil Jurkovec has found himself a new college home.
Jan. 8, it was reported that the Notre Dame football player had entered his name into the NCAA transfer database. It’s now being reported that Jurkovec has decided to transfer to Boston College and continue his collegiate playing career with the Eagles.
Jurkovec’s apparent commitment came after visiting the BC campus.
While there’s been no official acknowledgment of Jurkovec’s addition to the roster, the quarterback retweeted a post made by first-year BC head coach Jeff Hafley.
A four-star member of Notre Dame’s 2018 recruiting class, Jurkovec was rated as the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the country and their No. 2 player regardless of position in the state of Pennsylvania.
After appearing in two games as a true freshman, Jurkovec played in six this past season as a redshirt freshman. As Ian Book’s backup in 2019, he completed 12 of his 15 pass attempts for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He added another 130 yards on 22 carries.
Barring an unexpected waiver, Jurkovec will have to sit out the 2020 season. That would leave him with two seasons of eligibility he can use in 2021 and 2022.
In 2022, Boston College will travel to… South Bend to face Notre Dame.
Slowly but surely, Jeff Hafley is putting together his first Boston College football coaching staff, especially on the defensive side.
Earlier this week, Hafley hired his coordinators on both sides of the ball. A couple days later, a linebackers coach was hired.
Thursday, a linebackers coach was added as Hafley named Aazaar Abdul-Rahim to that post. Abdul-Rahim spent the 2019 season as the defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach at UMass.
Abdul-Rahim got his start at the collegiate level as a football staffer at Alabama.
“Aazaar is one of the top recruiters in college football and will be a tremendous addition to our program,” the first-year Boston College football head coach said in a statement. “He was with Coach Saban at Alabama working with the defensive backs and most recently comes to us from UMass where he was defensive coordinator. Aazaar is what we are all about: he has high character and is someone who loves people. We are excited to add a great football coach like Aazaar to our BC football family.”
Prior to UMass, Abdul-Rahim, who played his college football at San Diego State, was the cornerbacks coach (2018) and defensive backs coach (2016-17) at Maryland. During his two years with Nick Saban, he was a defensive analyst (2014) and assistant director of player personnel (2015).