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December 29, 2006
Meineke Car Care Bowl: Boston College vs. Navy
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Boston College said goodbye to one coach.
Navy welcomes one back with open arms.
After winning 75 games in 10 seasons, Tom O'Brien left Beantown for N.C. State and a pay raise on Dec. 8.
O'Brien's departure leaves the Golden Eagles with defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani in charge for the bowl game.
Navy looks like it will have Paul Johnson for one more season. After leading the Midshipmen to at least eight wins in each of the last four seasons, Johnson's name popped up in several coaching searches.
A win over Boston College would give Johnson 100 collegiate wins for his career (at Georgia Southern and Navy), and would mark his second 10-win season in the last three years.
To earn its third consecutive bowl victory, Navy will rely on backups in the backfield. Fullback Adam Ballard, the team's leading rusher, and starting quarterback Brian Hampton are on the injured list.
Before handing the team over to former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski, Boston College will try to win its seventh consecutive bowl game without the coach who won the first six.