According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan has expressed an interest in the Boston College head coaching job. Boston College fired head coach Frank Spaziani last week, and their coaching search is in full swing.
Mike Sullivan has no prior ties to Boston College, so the connection seems a bit odd, but apparently he's on their radar. Whether they're willing to hire a one-year NFL offensive coordinator to run a college program remains to be seen, though one would think that his former boss Tom Coughlin could have a big influence on Boston College's decision.
If Sullivan does leave the Buccaneers, they'll have some problems. Sullivan has done an amazing job turning around a previously stagnant offense. The Bucs rank fourth in the NFL in points scored, and Josh Freeman ranks second in the league in net yards per attempt. Football Outsiders has the Bucs ranked as the 10th best offense in the NFL. Those turnarounds are in large part due to Sullivan, although the talent upgrades across the board can't be underestimated.
Worst of all, if the Bucs do lose Sullivan they'll be looking at a fourth offensive overhaul in five years. That kind of inconsistency on offense can be devastating for the development of young players, especially so a young quarterback like Josh Freeman. Hopefully, Boston College looks elsewhere, or the Bucs are able to keep Mike Sullivan in house with a hefty raise, because they can ill afford to lose him.