Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Let's say, hypothetically, that I was Gene DeFilippo for a day. Here is the list of resumes I'd have on my desk, in order of interview priority:
1. BC defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani
He has been with the program for the past 12 seasons, including the last 10 as defensive coordinator. He is a family man who has settled in the area, and every year his defenses are consistently among the best.
2. Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly
He is a rising star who has ties to Boston and would reportedly love to come back. His parents and most of his family still live there. He led the Bearcats to the Big East championship and the program's first BCS game.
3. Richmond coach Mike London
In his first season as head coach at his alma mater, London led the Spiders to the program's first FCS national title. The former Virginia assistant knows the ACC, and knows BC, as he was defensive line coach there from 1997-2000. He knows he has to recruit, and knows how to recruit, because he was Virginia's recruiting coordinator from 2001-04. With it only being his second head coaching gig, though, would he stay?
4. Jack Bicknell Jr.
He snapped the ball to Doug Flutie for the "Miracle in Miami" pass in 1984. What more could you ask for? Bicknell, currently the assistant head coach and offensive line coach, was BC's center from 1981-85. He received his masters degree from BC in 1987. His father was head coach at BC from 1981-90.
5. Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley
If the Nittany Lions aren't ready to reward him with a guarantee, Bradley should finally say goodbye. He can recruit the Northeast and at this point in his career would be happy to stick around the length of his contract.