CFB insider lists key Miami Dolphins coach as candidate for Boston College HC job

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Bruce Feldman, a college football insider for The Athletic, identified Miami Dolphins linebackers coach Anthony Campanile as a candidate for the Boston College football team’s head coaching job.

“A source familiar with the hiring process told The Athletic Wednesday night the program has to find a coach who won’t get hung up with what the place doesn’t have,” Feldman wrote. “That, and the timing of this search, figures to limit the pool significantly.”

Feldman cited the fact that Campanile previously worked as a defensive backs coach with the Eagles.

“Campanile is another who has been in the mix for some NFL coordinator jobs,” Feldman wrote. “The 41-year-old former BC assistant from New Jersey was ‘loved’ when he worked in Chestnut Hill inside the school, according to a source. He has strong recruiting ties in the BC footprint. Would he want to come back to college?”

Campanile has served as the Dolphins’ linebackers coach for the past four seasons. He has helped lead the Dolphins to winning records in every one of his seasons with the team, including an 11-6 record in the 2023 regular season.

But the Dolphins haven’t experienced a whole lot of playoff success under Campanile. Miami hasn’t reached an AFC Championship Game since the 41-year-old joined the team and was eliminated from the playoffs by the Kansas City Chiefs on Jan. 13. The Dolphins finished with just seven points in what was a poor offensive performance from the team.

Miami didn’t receive much production from two of its best players in Tua Tagovailoa and Tyreek Hill. The former threw for just 199 yards on 39 passing attempts, while the latter ended up with 62 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.

For perspective, Tagovailoa averaged 272 passing yards per game during the regular season, and Hill averaged a league-high 112.4 receiving yards per game.

The Eagles are fresh off an inconsistent 2023 season. Boston College finished with a mediocre 7-6 record and lost three of its final four games of the season.

The program did pick up a win over Southern Methodist University in the Wasabi Fenway Bowl on Dec. 28 of last year, however. Eagles quarterback Thomas Castellanos led the team in both passing and rushing yards in the team’s nine-point victory, as he racked up 156 rushing yards on 21 carries to go along with 102 passing yards.

Only time will tell if Campanile will want to leave the NFL in order to coach college football again, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see his name connected even more to the Eagles in the coming days, considering his history with the program.

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