Because the Williams Blog never sleeps, we bring you breaking news on the appointment of a new football coach.

Williams College on Thursday promoted assistant football coach Mike Whalen to head football coach.

Whalen succeeds Dick Farley, who retired after more than three decades with the team.

Insiders are invited to send in their opinions. My initial impression is that this is good since 1) It is always nice to promote from within, 2) Anyone who has already lived in Williamstown for 7+ years is likely to be in it for the longterm and 3) It is nice to have a coach (Wesleyan ’83) who is as smart as his players (and as the snotty members of the academic faculty whom he will have to deal with on occasion).

UPDATE: Although the story has not made the main Williams page, there is a news release under athletics.

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