BC reportedly interviews Steelers assistant Whipple

Updated: December 11, 2006, 9:14 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback coach Mark Whipple interviewed with officals from Boston College on Sunday for the head coaching position.

According to multiple reports out of Boston, Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo interviewed Whipple on Sunday after receiving permission from the Steelers.

Last week, Boston College coach Tom O'Brien resigned to take over at N.C. State. The Eagles went 9-3 this season and will appear in the Meineke Bowl against Navy.

Whipple, 49, joined the Steelers in 2004. He was a college head coach for 16 years -- at New Haven (1988-93), Brown (1994-97) and Massachusetts (1998-2003), guiding the Minutemen to the Division I-AA national championship in his first season. He began his career in 1980 as an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University.

Whipple graduated from Brown, where he was the starting quarterback in 1977 and '78.

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