Boston College is working toward a deal to hire Bill O’Brien as the school’s next head coach, sources told ESPN, giving the Massachusetts native a homecoming and BC a hire with both extensive NFL experience and strong local ties.

O’Brien, who took the Ohio State offensive coordinator job last month, interviewed in-person on Thursday, the final step in Boston College’s process. He was one of three candidates to travel to Massachusetts to interview in person on Thursday, and a deal and formal announcement are both expected soon.

O’Brien is the former head coach of both Penn State and the Houston Texans, and he’s best known locally in Boston for his stints with the New England Patriots. He coached there from 2007-2011 and again in 2023 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

O’Brien’s wife, Colleen, is a Boston College graduate. It’s one of many ties to the school and area, as he graduated high school from St. John’s Prep in Danvers and played football at nearby Brown University. O’Brien started his coaching career at Brown as well.