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BREAKING: Northwestern hires OL coach Bill O’Boyle, TE/STC Paul Creighton

Zach Lujan’s staff is coming together.

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Northwestern is rounding out its offensive staff.

The Wildcats are hiring Bill O’Boyle as their offensive line coach, The Inside Zone's Matt Fortuna reported on Wednesday afternoon. Furthermore, 247 Sports' Matt Zenitz reported that Paul Creighton will join the ‘Cats as their tight ends coach and special teams coordinator — filling Jeff Genyk's direct responsibilities, a source told Inside NU's Bradley Locker. The moves come after the program parted ways with Mike Bajakian and Genyk following the 2023 season.

O’Boyle comes to Evanston after originally agreeing to join Sean Lewis’ staff at San Diego State. During the 2023 season, O’Boyle was Colorado’s offensive line coach, guiding one of the worst units in the FBS. The Buffaloes allowed 56 sacks this season, the second most in the FBS. NU finished one slot ahead of CU with 51 sacks allowed. Before landing in Boulder, O’Boyle was an assistant under Lewis at Kent State.

Creighton joins O’Boyle from another PAC-12 school, spending the past two seasons as a special teams quality control coach at Washington. Before making the jump to the Power Five, he was the tight ends coach at Fresno State from 2020-21. Creighton has worked with David Braun before Northwestern when the pair spent time on the UC Davis staff in 2015-16.

Northwestern still has two positions to fill on its coaching staff as Braun will likely bring in a new linebackers and safeties coach.