BOSTON — Boston College coach Jeff Hafley has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in Chestnut Hill through 2026.
The Eagles (6-6, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) qualified for a bowl game for the second straight year despite finishing the regular season with back-to-back losses, including a 41-10 loss to No. 18 Wake Forest. BC, which opted to skip a bowl game after the pandemic-interrupted 2020 season, awaits its matchup for this year.
“Jeff has had a tremendous impact on our football program over just two seasons at the Heights,” athletic director Pat Kraft said. “He has built a strong culture, both on and off the field, recruited talented student-athletes and helped us build meaningful relationships for the entire Boston College community. We are excited for the future of BC football under Jeff’s leadership.”
Hafley, 42, is 12-11 in two seasons with the Eagles since taking over from Steve Addazio.
“From Day 1, Boston College has been a special place for my family and I and we are thrilled to continue to be a part of this community,” Hafley said. “I am grateful for the dedication and hard work of our players, coaches and staff, who have come together to build a foundation for an incredible future.”
A former Ohio State defensive coordinator who has also served on the staffs of three NFL teams, Hafley has landed highly rated recruiting classes since arriving at BC. According to Rivals.com, BC’s 2022 class is No. 24 nationally and fourth in the ACC.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri linebacker Chad Bailey was suspended from the team after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, the team said.
The 23-year-old, who was a team captain last season, was booked at about 2:45 a.m. and released after posting $500 bond, according to online records from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.
“We are aware of the situation involving Chad Bailey,” Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said in a statement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “He’s been suspended according to Department of Athletics policy. We have high expectations for all of our student-athletes, on and off the field, and we will follow all departmental and campus policies.”
Bailey was Mizzou’s third-leading tackler with 57 stops last season. He started all 11 games he played, missing two with an injury. He’ll be a sixth-year senior this fall after opting to return for his final year of eligibility, the Post-Dispatch reported.
The Missouri student-athlete handbook says any athlete who is arrested must serve a minimum one-week suspension.
Bailey was pulled over at about 1 a.m. not far from the Columbia campus for an expired license plate and lane violation, a police statement said. Bailey told the officer he had consumed alcohol and then performed poorly on a field sobriety test, the Post-Dispatch reported.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska opened spring practice with running back Anthony Grant suspended indefinitely to work on academics and other issues, first-year coach Matt Rhule announced.
Grant led the team in rushing with 915 yards and six touchdowns last season. He also caught 18 passes for 104 yards.
“Working on academics and general things. Nothing bad other than just our standards as a program,” Rhule said. “That will be day by day. Good kid. Just have to get him going in the right direction.”
Rhule said kick returner and reserve receiver Tommi Hill also is suspended. He did not specify a reason.
Backup tight ends Chris Hickman and James Carnie and reserve cornerback Tyreke Johnson left the team.