The Ohio State football team employed Jeff Hafley as the defensive coordinator under Ryan Day for just a single season in 2019. That year, the Buckeyes were absolutely devastating on defense and were great in the secondary, which Hafley also coached.
After that season, Hafley left the Buckeyes to be the head coach at Boston College. He had mixed success with the Eagles but was still a head coach at a Power 5 program. That changed earlier this week when it was announced that Hafley left Boston College to be the defensive coordinator for the Packers.
Leaving a P5 head coaching gig to be a DC in the NFL has sent alarm bells throughout college football. Many think that this could signal that college football's structure could be in trouble. Hafley decided he'd rather be a DC than deal with all of the headaches of modern college football.
Is this true? Does this signal a problem with college football? NIL, the transfer portal, and a second signing period have made things much more complicated for head coaches. Many of them have made comments about how tiring it is to monitor all of those things at once.
I do think that this might happen a bit more often in the future with certain coaches. I don't think this will happen with any high-level coaches at Big Ten or SEC programs. This isn't something the Ohio State football program would ever have to deal with.
This could be damaging to college football at some point if they don't get a hold of NIL rules for everyone. I know that's what they are trying to do in Washington D.C., but it might be too late. For the good of the sport as a whole, I hope that this kind of thing doesn't happen regularly and this is just a one-off.