Steelers QB coach interviews for BC coaching job

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback coach Mark Whipple has interviewed for the head coaching job at Boston College, Steelers coach Bill Cowher said Monday while endorsing his assistant for the job.

"I know Mark met with them [Sunday], and he said it went well," Cowher said Monday at his weekly press conference. "He's excited about the opportunity. I think he'd be a great candidate for that school. What Mark has done has been well documented. He's a quality person and a good football coach. He'd be a great asset to any school."

Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo was uncharacteristically absent from the basketball team's Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Maryland on Sunday night. Spokesman Chris Cameron said DeFilippo was out of town because of the
coaching search but could not confirm he was in Pittsburgh.

Cowher said that, if hired, Whipple would finish the NFL season with the Steelers.

Whipple was the coach at New Haven and Brown before taking over at the University of Massachusetts, where he had a 49-25 record from 1998-2003 and won the NCAA Division I-AA championship in '98.

Tom O'Brien left BC this month to take over at North Carolina State.