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Fresh start has Ryan, Eagles flying high

Updated: September 17, 2007, 4:28 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Tom O'Brien is a fantastic football coach. The no-nonsense, former Marine won 75 games in 10 seasons at Boston College and helped the Eagles make the transition from the Big East to the ACC.

But even after winning 10 games at Boston College last season, it was pretty evident O'Brien needed a change, and so did the Eagles.

O'Brien, who inherited a Boston College program stung by a gambling scandal in 1996, never seemed comfortable with the school's move to the ACC. He felt isolated ...

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