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Rogers lands on BC radar as OC

Vikings QB coach now front-runner

By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / February 3, 2011

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Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers has emerged as the leading contender to become the next Boston College offensive coordinator, according to several sources at the school and in the NFL.

Rogers, who has been the Vikings quarterbacks coach for five years, has a strong college pedigree. At Syracuse (1991-98), he helped develop Donovan McNabb, and at Virginia Tech (2002-05), he helped quarterback Brian Randall emerge as the ACC Offensive Player of the Year in 2004.

A 1974 graduate of William & Mary, Rogers also was offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach on Bob Davie’s staff at Notre Dame from 1999-2001.

Also on BC coach Frank Spaziani’s list of candidates: BC wide receivers coach Ryan Day, tight ends coach Dave Brock, and Delaware offensive coordinator Jim Hofher.

With Spaziani finishing up the recruiting season yesterday, he is expected to turn his focus now to the coaching staff and preparations for spring practice.

An announcement on the coordinator should come in the next few days.

Also, BC is expected to have the dates for its 2011 ACC games by tomorrow or Saturday.

Rivals battle off the field, too Alabama and Auburn were at it again. The Iron Bowl rivals, who have won the last two national championships, tussled for blue-chip recruits.

Each landed recruiting classes the experts adore and went head-to-head for several top prospects — none bigger than offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio from DeMatha High School in Maryland. Rated one of the top-10 recruits in the country, Kouandjio said he was picking Auburn over Alabama, where his brother, Arie, plays.

But Kouandjio did not sign a binding letter of intent with Auburn or Alabama, and there is no indication when he will make his decision official.

Kouandjio isn’t the only five-star recruit who is going to take a few more days to decide. Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, from Rock Hill, S.C., said he probably won’t sign until his birthday, Feb. 14. He said his choices are South Carolina, Clemson, and Alabama.

Fighting Irish think ‘D’ Notre Dame needs to restock a defense that has been short on playmakers in recent years and that’s just what coach Brian Kelly tried to do with the first Fighting Irish recruiting class he can truly call his own.

The jewels of Kelly’s class, which received a top-15 grade from the experts, were defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt of Monroe Ga., and linebacker Ishaq Williams of New York.

“You can’t fake it on defense,’’ Kelly said. “You can fake it a little bit on offense.’’

OSU recruit arrested Ohio State recruit Chris Carter was arrested Tuesday on a sexual imposition allegation after a complaint that he fondled a girl while pretending to measure her for an ROTC uniform.

Carter, a 6-foot-4-inch, 325-pound offensive senior lineman at John F. Kennedy High School in Cleveland, was expected to sign with the Buckeyes. He spent Tuesday night in Cleveland City Jail and was released yesterday pending further investigation.

Coach Jim Tressel said the Buckeyes had signed 23 players “at this point.’’

Mom knows best? Floyd Raven says his mom was just trying to help when she forged his signature on a letter of intent to Mississippi. Instead, she only caused confusion. He had decided to go to Texas A&M.

“Long story short, my mom thought she was helping me out,’’ Raven said. “I wasn’t home and she sent it in. I never told her I had changed my mind to Texas A&M. I forgive her for it. It was an honest mistake.’’

Material from the wire services was used in this report.