Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco is reportedly scheduled to interview for the head coaching vacancy at Boston College this week, according to EagleAction.com.
Irish assistant Bob Diaco is a finalist for the Broyles Award.
Diaco is in his third season running the Irish defense, a group that has gone from 63rd to first in scoring defense and 86th to sixth in total defense since he arrived. He is a finalist for the Broyles Award given annually to the nation's top assistant.
"It doesn’t surprise me that they wanted to talk to Bob Diaco. He’s the finest defensive coordinator in the country," Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said Sunday night. "Bob is a bright football coach. We have conversations about it. All I can tell you is that it doesn’t surprise me that he’s part of it."
Kelly said he wasn't discouraged about the potential distractions of losing assistants while prepping for a national championship showdown with Alabama on Jan. 7. He sees a crew of sought-after assistants as a pleasant problem to have.
"We’ll have coaches that will be targeted by other programs. That’s a good thing. That means good things are happening in your program," he said.
Kelly said he typically isn't one to offer unsolicited interview advice for his assistants, but he has provided his input to Diaco when asked for it. He promoted Diaco to an associate head coach position at the beginning of the 2012 season.
"I will tell you this," he said. "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 conversation about it."
Boston College athletic director Brad Bates took his seat in office earlier this fall and fired Eagles head coach Frank Spaziani immediately following a 2-10 finish to the season. Boston College's records grew increasingly worse under Spaziani in the four seasons he held the head coaching job.