Steelers' Whipple might be BC's new head coach

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Officials from Boston College will interview Steelers quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple for the Eagles' head-coaching job today.

The Steelers have granted Boston College officials permission to talk to Whipple, and Boston television station Ch. 25 reported that the school is close to hiring him.

Boston College coach Tom O'Brien was named as the new North Carolina State coach last week. The Eagles were 9-3 this season and will appear in the Meineke Bowl against Navy.

Whipple, 49, joined the Steelers in 2004, leaving the University of Massachusetts and is the only quarterbacks coach Ben Roethlisberger has had. He was a college head coach for 16 years -- at New Haven (1988-93), Brown (1994-97) and Massachusetts (1998-2003), guiding the Minutemen to the Division I-AA national championship in his first season. He graduated from Brown, where he was the starting quarterback in 1977 and '78.

He began his career in 1980 as an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University. His job with the Steelers was his first in the NFL.


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