WILLIAMSBURG, DEC. 19 -- Jimmye Laycock, William and Mary's head football coach for the past 11 years, resigned today to take the head coaching job at Boston College, William and Mary announced.

"Jimmye Laycock has built an outstanding football program here at William and Mary," Athletic Director John Randolph said. "We certainly wish him well in his new challenge at Boston College."

Laycock, 42, compiled a 68-56-2 record at William and Mary, where he was football coach longer than anyone else in school history.

At Boston College, he will replace Jack Bicknell, who was fired after 10 seasons. Bicknell's overall record with the Eagles was 59-55-1, but only 14-30 in the last four years.

Boston College Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk said Laycock has been "referred to by many as one of the brilliant minds in the game today. His record speaks for itself. He is a proven winner, a builder of programs and of men."

Laycock returned today from Boston and an interview with Gladchuk. Laycock took the job two days after another coach in Virginia, Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech, withdrew from contention.

Laycock's base salary at William and Mary was $73,000. He reportedly will earn twice that at BC.

William and Mary has gained the Division I-AA playoffs three times in the past five years. This past season, the Tribe went 10-3 and made the NCAA quarterfinals.

Gladchuk said he was looking for an offensive-minded coach, and Laycock meets that description. William and Mary's total-offense average of 498.7 yards was tops in Division I-AA this season. The Tribe averaged 35.9 points a game.