After an ESPN report stated that Diaco -- the architect of the nation's top scoring defense -- was one of three finalists for the Boston College head coaching job, along with Ball State coach Pete Lembo and New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, Boston College announced a few hours later that it had in fact hired Temple coach Steve Addazio.
In the biggest coaching move of the day, Wisconsin's Bret Bielema, about to take the Badgers to their third straight Rose Bowl, was lured away by Arkansas.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was asked about the Boston College speculation on Sunday night.
"It doesn't surprise me if they wanted to talk to Bob Diaco," Kelly said. "I think he's the finest defensive coordinator in the country. Bob is a bright football coach. We have conversations about it. All I could tell you is that it doesn't surprise me that he's part of it. I won't get into the specifics about conversations about particular schools out of respect for them and their process. But it wouldn't be a surprise to me if they went after Bob Diaco.
"I'm not a guy that's going to run down to his office and give him the top 10 list of questions you're going to get asked on an interview. But if he asks me for some input, I've been happy to help him with that. I will tell youi this, Bob Diaco is an incredible coach and he knows he fits so well here at Notre Dame. That's why we haven't had a ton of conversation about it."