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Rogers agrees to be BC’s OC

He has record of developing QBs

By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / February 15, 2011

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Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani announced yesterday that Kevin Rogers will be his offensive coordinator, replacing the recently retired Gary Tranquill. Rogers spent the past five seasons as quarterbacks coach of the Minnesota Vikings.

Knowing that this hire was crucial to bringing the still-developing BC offense to the next level, Spaziani took his time making the decision.

The list of candidates included two members of his staff, wide receivers coach Ryan Day and tight ends coach Dave Brock. Those from outside the program who were considered included former BC quarterback, Central Florida coach, and Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike Kruczek, University of Delaware offensive coordinator Jim Hofher, and University of South Florida quarterbacks coach Peter Vaas.

But it was Rogers who got the job.

“He has everything we are looking for,’’ said Spaziani. “He’s coached in college, he’s coached in the NFL. He’s coached quarterbacks, he has been a coordinator, he’s called plays.’’

Rogers, a 1974 graduate of William & Mary, spent the 2002-05 seasons at Virginia Tech, where he worked with quarterbacks Bryan Randall and Marcus Vick, who enjoyed success. He previously assisted at Notre Dame and Syracuse, where he helped develop Donovan McNabb.

When the Vikings made a coaching change this season, Rogers was left out of the mix, which led him back to the college ranks.

At BC, Rogers will have a talent pool that includes sophomore quarterback Chase Rettig, who started as a true freshman. It also includes running backs Montel Harris, who could become BC’s all-time rushing leader next season, and Andre Williams, who as a freshman filled in at the end of the season when Harris was sidelined with a knee injury. The wide receivers appear to be blossoming.

Rogers said he looked forward to the challenge.

“I’m a quarterback guy and this place is as good as any with its history of developing quarterbacks,’’ he said. “And Spaz’s willingness to work with me in a number of areas, and with the tradition of offensive linemen that BC always brings in, and running an NFL offense . . . it was just a good fit.’’

Schedule announced The Eagles officially announced their 2011 schedule yesterday.

“I don’t see any easy games, do you?’’ Spaziani said while looking at the schedule, which begins Sept. 3 with a home game against Northwestern.

There is a Thursday night home game against Florida State Nov. 3.

There’s also a tough finish to the slate, with games at Notre Dame Nov. 19 and at Miami Nov. 26.

The Eagles’ bye week will be Oct. 15, between road trips to Clemson and Virginia Tech.

Mark Blaudschun can be reached at blaudschun@globe.com.