BC set to fire coach for meeting w/ Jets
Posted 07 January 2009 - 07:37 AM
Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski did indeed interview with the New York Jets and he will therefore not be retained by the school, two people close to the situation told ESPN's Joe Schad on Tuesday.
Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo, who told Jagodzinski he would be fired if he interviewed, had not spoken with the coach as of 6 p.m. this evening, but he was hoping to meet with Jagodzinski face-to-face as early as Wednesday.
"It's just a matter of putting two and two together," Chris Cameron, BC's associate director for media relations, said Tuesday night. "He was told by Gene on Saturday that if he went on the interview he'd be fired."
DeFilippo, sources say, thought that Jagodzinski was "disloyal" by not speaking with him before scheduling the Jets interview. One source said on Tuesday that Jagodzinski's decision to follow through on the interview made his fate "a done deal."
DeFilippo said late Tuesday afternoon that he called Jagodzinski in the morning and was waiting for a return phone call. At that time, he didn't know if Jagodzinski already had met with the Jets, who are seeking a replacement for Eric Mangini.
"Haven't heard a word,'' DeFilippo said, according to the Boston Globe.
Sitting in his office late Tuesday afternoon, a relaxed DeFilippo told The Associated Press he last spoke to Jagodzinski on Sunday.
"Sometimes two people who really, really like each other can disagree on an issue. That's OK. Nothing wrong with that," DeFilippo said. "I really like Jags a lot and I've enjoyed working with him here for two years and he did a wonderful job here.
"So we're going to sit down, hopefully, and talk and we'll see where we come out."
The Jets declined comment Tuesday through a team spokesman, neither confirming nor denying that Jagodzinski was interviewing for the coaching vacancy.
Sources told the Globe that Jagodzinski has made multiple inquiries into returning to the NFL, where he was a coach for the eight seasons before taking over the head coaching job at BC. The newspaper reported that Jagodzinski has put out feelers for offensive coordinator positions as well as head coaching spots.
The Globe also reported that Jagodzinski had told members of his staff that he would give them an update sometime on Tuesday. But nobody had publicly acknowledged speaking to the coach.
A source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN's Kelly Naqi that DeFilippo had no idea that Jagodzinski had an interview scheduled with the Jets. The AD found out when a reporter called him on Saturday morning to get his comment on it. DeFilippo immediately called Jagodzinski and asked if it were true, according to the source, and the coach confirmed it.
"The surprise factor definitely played a big role in this situation," the source said.
DeFilippo told Jagodzinski to meet with him in person that afternoon and -- with another representative from BC present -- told Jagodzinski that he'd be fired if he went through with the interview. The source said Jagodzinski made it abundantly clear at that meeting that he was going to go through with the interview, so it was just a matter of time before his termination would become official.
The source said BC was unaware if Jagodzinski had been inquiring about other job openings in the NFL.
Jagodzinski has not responded to ESPN's requests for comment.
Kind of tacky. Unless it's in his contract. I think this is pretty shitty on BC's part. But how about that name, kind of cool.
Posted 07 January 2009 - 08:59 AM
Posted 07 January 2009 - 12:48 PM
Wow, I guess those 2 ACCCG appearances don't get you much up there.
The way the ACC was this year, I wouldn't be to proud of it.
Posted 07 January 2009 - 01:04 PM
Posted 07 January 2009 - 03:59 PM
They were all TOB's kids anyway...great move getting out now.
And maybe O'Brien was smart getting out 2 years ago.
Posted 07 January 2009 - 04:02 PM
Posted 07 January 2009 - 04:04 PM
Employee: C YA
Posted 07 January 2009 - 04:10 PM
Posted 07 January 2009 - 07:39 PM
This league in terms of football is horrid.
If State and UNC can get going maybe things turn around.
But I agree with Husker..
Posted 07 January 2009 - 08:05 PM