Chadron’s athletic director taking over for football coach

Chadron (Neb.) State College football coach Bill O’Boyle has been replaced by Athletic Director Brad Smith for the remainder of the season.

Chadron State President Janie Park told the Associated Press that O’Boyle has been relieved of his coaching duties so he can prepare for an investigation into possible NCAA rules violations.

School officials reported possible fundraising and financial violations to the NCAA and RMAC late last week.

She said O’Boyle could return as coach in 2012.

“Brad will take the necessary steps to assure that the CSC football program will continue its tradition of excellence and to end the season on a positive note,” Park said in a release.

Smith, who was 136-56-1 as head coach from 1987-2004, has been assigned to coach the Eagles the remainder of the season. Chadron is 3-4 overall, 2-3 in the RMAC.

O’Boyle, 47, was the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator under Smith before taking over as head coach after the 2004 season.

In his six seasons, O’Boyle led the Eagles to three straight undefeated regular seasons and won three RMAC titles from 2006-2008. He was 54-17 entering this season.

O’Boyle received the Liberty Mutual Division II Coach of the Year award in 2007. He was the RMAC Coach of the Year three times and the American Football Coaches Association Region 5 Coach of the Year twice.


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