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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
It was one of the oddest firings in college football. Former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski was fired at BC in January for interviewing with the Jets. ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas caught up with Jagodzinski recently in Tampa, where Jagodzinski has been hired by the Bucs as offensive coordinator. In his first public comments about how the situation unfolded, Jagodzinski said he and athletic director Gene DeFilippo had a "difference of opinion."
While the staff turnover that ensued will take some getting used to, BC was actually pretty fortunate in the continuity that remained in Chestnut Hill. With former defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani now the head coach, and former linebackers coach Bill McGovern now the defensive coordinator, there should be a smooth transition on defense. With defensive end Alex Albright, linebacker Mark Herzlich and linebacker Mike McLaughlin returning, the Eagles' defense should once again be a strength.
The question mark heading into the spring is the same as when Jagodzinski was around -- quarterback. Dominique Davis will have some competition from Justin Tuggle, whose father, Jessie, played 14 seasons in the NFL, was selected to five Pro Bowls and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007. The staff is probably ready to see what Tuggle can do.
Whoever is starting at quarterback will have a more experienced group of running backs to work with, and an offensive line that is just as good, if not better, than last year. All of them, though, will have to adjust to a new offensive coordinator. It's hardly a situation unique to BC in the ACC this year.
So while Jagodzinski says that chapter of his life is closed and he's "moving on," so are the Eagles.