NCF Nation: Jeff Jagodzinski

ACC's top 10 coaches of the decade

January, 21, 2010
Only two programs in the ACC -- Florida State and Virginia Tech -- have had the same head coach for the past 10 years. A total of 27 different coaches have made their way through the conference in the past decade, and some of the best have been the least tenured. Only one, though, stands out above the rest when it comes down to wins and losses -- Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer. Even though the Hokies have only been in the conference since 2004, no other coach has compared to Beamer’s six straight 10-win seasons. Others, though, like Duke’s David Cutcliffe, have made progress that isn’t as easily measured. Six of the following coaches were named the ACC's Coach of the Year at least once in the past decade. One major accomplishment separates the coaches at the top of the list from the ones at the bottom -- an ACC title.

Here’s a look at the ACC’s top 10 coaches over the past decade:

Geoff Burke/US PresswireVirginia Tech coach Frank Beamer has led the Hokies to six-straight 10-win seasons.
1. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech: Beamer has compiled a 62-18 record for a 77.5 winning percentage since joining the ACC in 2004. He has led the Hokies to three ACC titles and four first-place finishes.

2. Bobby Bowden, Florida State: Don’t let recent history fool you. Bowden earned a winning percent of 65.8 percent over the past decade (85-44). He led FSU to its third straight BCS national championship appearance and won four ACC titles.

3. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest: After inheriting a 2-9 program from Jim Caldwell in 2001, Grobe transformed the smallest school in the BCS to a championship contender in the ACC. He led the school to the ACC title in 2006, its first since 1970 and second ever. He has only had one losing season in the past four.

4. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech: His tenure is short, but his list of accomplishments long. After just two seasons, Johnson led the program to an ACC title, BCS bowl berth, and road win over rival Georgia. He has won 74 percent of his games (20-7) and put the team in the final top 25 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2000-2001 seasons.

5. Ralph Friedgen, Maryland: Terps fans have suffered recently, but it was Friedgen’s first three seasons that earned him his lengthy 10-year contract in College Park. Three straight finishes of at least 10 wins and top 20 rankings, plus an ACC title earned the Fridge some clout.

6. Jeff Jagodzinski, Boston College: He left Chestnut Hill with his ego guiding him, but before he chased the NFL, Jagodzinski led the Eagles to back-to-back appearances in the ACC championship game, and compiled a 20-8 record in two seasons.

7. Tommy Bowden, Clemson: The former head coach finished no better than second place in the Atlantic Division and won 62.8 percent of his games. He also led the Tigers to four Top 25 finishes in the Associated Press rankings.

8. Al Groh, Virginia: He was named the ACC’s Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2007, both nine-win seasons that tied for second place in the conference or Coastal Division. He won 56 percent of his games and had two top 25 finishes.

9. Tom O’Brien, Boston College: It seems like O’Brien has been around forever, but he only had two seasons at BC while the program was in the ACC and just finished three at NC State. In ’05 and 06, though, O’Brien led the Eagles to 9 and 10-win seasons, respectively, and won bowl games both years to finish with two top 20 rankings. He also pushed NC State into the postseason with four straight regular-season wins in 2008.

10. Duke coach David Cutcliffe: Cutcliffe has guided Duke to a 9-15 overall record in two seasons. While it might not look like much, consider that the Blue Devils had won 10 games in the previous eight seasons combined. During that span, Duke had won just three conference games. They’ve won four in just two years under Cutcliffe. The 5-7 record in 2009 was the program’s highest win total since 1994.

ACC's teams of the decade

January, 20, 2010
There were no national champions, but there were plenty of 11- and 10-win teams and top 10 finishes to choose from. There were major bowl wins and upsets along the way, and three coaches -- Ralph Friedgen, Paul Johnson and Jeff Jagodzinski -- saw success quickly in their new ACC jobs. Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer, though, has sustained that success, as the Hokies have produced three of the conference's best teams over the past 10 years -- maybe more, if you debate long enough.

Here's a look at the ACC's top 10 teams since 2000:

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AP Photo/Chris O'MearaIn 2000, Chris Weinke and the Seminoles led the nation in total offense.
1. Florida State 2000 (11-2) – FSU finished the season with an 11-2 record, undefeated in conference play, and ranked No. 5 by the Associated Press. The Noles led the nation in total offense under Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke and were ranked No. 7 in total defense.

2. Virginia Tech 2005 (11-2) - Frank Beamer was named the ACC’s Coach of the Year for a second straight season after guiding the Hokies to an 8-0 start and a perfect 4-0 nonconference record, including a win over Louisville in the Gator Bowl. The Hokies led the ACC with seven non-offensive touchdowns and finished the season ranked No. 7 by the Associated Press.

3. Boston College 2007 (11-3) – In their first season under former coach Jeff Jagodzinski, the Eagles started 8-0 and ranked No. 2 in the country (BC’s highest ranking since 1940). They won the Atlantic Division and finished 11-3 (most wins since 1940) and ranked No. 10 (highest ranking since 1984). Quarterback Matt Ryan, the ACC’s Player of the Year, set single-season ACC records in pass completions and passing yardage.

4. Maryland 2002 (11-3) – The Terps finished the season 11-3 and ranked No. 13 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ polls. Led by E.J. Henderson, the Terps capped the season with a 30-3 win over Tennessee in the Peach Bowl. Scott McBrien threw for 2,781 yards, and was second in the conference in pass efficiency. Maryland’s special teams paved the way as Brooks Barnard led the league in punting, Steve Suter returned an ACC record four punts for touchdowns, and Nick Novak led the league in scoring. Chris Downs had 1,154 yards rushing.

5. NC State 2002 (11-3) – Philip Rivers was responsible for 30 touchdowns, as he threw for 20 and ran for 10 and totaled 3,453 yards of offense. T.J. McClendon tied the season record for rushing touchdowns with 18 and ran for 1,101 yards. Jerricho Cotchery led the league in receiving yardage per game with 85.1 and was Rivers’ primary target. They ended the season with a win over No. 12 Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl and a No. 12 ranking by the Associated Press.

6. Georgia Tech 2009 (11-3) – In only the Jackets’ second season under Paul Johnson, they won the first outright ACC title since 1990 and racked up the most wins the program has seen since 1990. They were ranked as high as No. 7 in the country and made their first appearance in a major bowl since 1967. This team featured standout players such as defensive end Derrick Morgan, B-back Jonathan Dwyer, safety Morgan Burnett and receiver Demaryius Thomas.

7. Virginia Tech 2007 (11-3) – The Hokies won their second ACC title in four years and avenged their only regular season loss to Boston College in the ACC title game. The Hokies ranked third nationally in scoring defense and fourth in total defense. This team was comprised of first-team, all-conference stars like Chris Ellis, Xavier Adibi, Macho Harris and Eddie Royal.

8. Virginia Tech 2004 (10-3) – The ACC’s Coach of the Year, Frank Beamer, and the ACC’s Player of the Year, Bryan Randall, led the Hokies to the ACC title and a BCS Sugar Bowl berth during their first year in the league. Virginia Tech finished the regular season with eight straight wins, including three against ranked teams. The Hokies led the ACC and were ranked second nationally in scoring defense (12.8). Randall threw for 2,264 yards and 21 touchdowns and led all conference quarterbacks with 511 yards rushing. Tech finished the season No. 10 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.

9. Maryland 2001 (10-2) – In the first season under coach Ralph Friedgen, the Terps, led by All-American linebacker E.J. Henderson, won their first ACC title since 1985. It was the first time a first-year coach ever won the ACC title. It was also a record for the most wins by a first-year coach. Bruce Perry was the ACC’s Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,242 yards and 10 touchdowns. Henderson was named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year. The Terps finished the year ranked No. 11 by the Associated Press.

10. Wake Forest 2006 (11-3) – The Deacs won the ACC's Atlantic Division title, defeated Georgia Tech 9-6 in the ACC Championship game and advanced to the FedEx Orange Bowl – the first BCS bowl game in school history. Wake Forest won a school-record 11 games and ACC Rookie of the Year Riley Skinner led the conference in passing efficiency (139.6). The ACC championship was Wake Forest's first since 1970 and its second-ever ACC title. Sam Swank set an ACC single-season record for most 50-yard field goals with five.

Happy Halloween, ACC fans

October, 30, 2009
Posted by’s Heather Dinich

Happy Halloween, ACC fans. Here’s a look at some of the creepy things going on around the conference this year …

Haunted House: Lane Stadium is the scariest place to play in the ACC -- especially on a Thursday night -- but the Hokies were the ones who got spooked in Thursday night's 20-17 loss to North Carolina. Are you superstitious? Maybe it was the tweak to the entrance, with punter Brent Bowden's version of Enter Sandman throwing off the karma. Or, maybe it was that UNC's offense finally showed up. Either way, the loss to the Tar Heels will haunt the Hokies for a long, long, time.

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Jonathan Dwyer and Georgia Tech’s triple option offense have been scary-good the past four games.
Black Cat: Georgia Tech’s triple option offense curses almost every defense in its path. And you thought it was going to be easier to defend in the second season under Paul Johnson, did you? The stats -- and the Jackets’ 7-1 record -- prove otherwise. Over the past four games, Tech has averaged 454.5 yards of total offense, 321.2 yards rushing and 38.2 points.

Cursed Team: Boston College. Former coach Jeff Jagodzinski was fired for interviewing with the Jets. Former starting quarterback Dominique Davis transferred. Linebacker Mark Herzlich was diagnosed with cancer. Linebacker Mike McLaughlin injured his Achilles. This week, backup quarterback Justin Tuggle and backup running back Josh Haden decided to transfer. Freshman running back Rolandan Finch has been out all week with a virus. And it’s not even November yet.

Scary movie: Virginia turned the ball over seven times. The Cavaliers' new spread offense didn't go anywhere. And Virginia lost to William & Mary, 26-14, in what was the Tribe's first win against an ACC team since it beat Virginia in 1986. Odds are this is some game tape that will still turn a few stomachs in Charlottesville - not to mention in the ACC offices in Greensboro.

Trick-or-Treat: The trickiest game left for Florida State and Clemson will be when they play each other next week in Death Valley, especially if FSU wins this weekend. In the Coastal Division, Georgia Tech should be in for a treat with only Wake Forest and Duke remaining to win the division.

Boo (Boo): NC State linebacker Nate Irving. The problem in Raleigh is the defense, and while one person doesn’t make an entire unit, a player like Irving can make an entire unit better. It’s hard not to wonder how much better this defense could’ve been with Irving in the lineup this year.

Graveyard: It’s time to bury Maryland’s bowl hopes and Virginia Tech and Miami’s BCS hopes. The Terps need to win their final four games to become bowl eligible, and Virginia Tech is one of them. Teams need to have nine wins and be ranked among the top 14 in the final BCS standings in order to be BCS bowl-eligible, and after losing to Clemson, No. 19 Miami’s chances seem to have died. The same can be said for Virginia Tech, which should drop after its loss to UNC.

Night of the living dead: Florida State and Clemson have both risen from the dead in the past week and have kept themselves alive in the Atlantic Division race. After starting out with the worst record in conference play since Bobby Bowden took over the program, the Noles earned what could turn out to be a season-changing win at UNC. And Clemson redeemed itself from a loss to Maryland with back-to-back conference wins, including an overtime upset at Miami. North Carolina now has new life after its upset of Virginia Tech. And, of course, Duke appears to have rejoined the land of the living after decades of losing.

Witchcraft: C.J. Spiller. He’s got the magic to make a difference down the stretch. Spiller is a game-changer, and he’s got what it takes to lead the Tigers to the Atlantic Division title and possibly their first ACC championship since 1991. It’s why he came back for his senior season. Of course, that would mean the Tigers finally shake the Clemson curse.

Jack-o-lantern – FSU athletic director Randy Spetman is the one man in the ACC who needs a light to go off in his head. It’s his decision, according to outgoing university president T.K. Wetherell, as to whether or not Bobby Bowden stays or goes. Will Spetman let the boosters and trustees make the call for him, and turn Bowden into a pumpkin after the Florida game? Or will Bowden be allowed to determine his own retirement? Either way, it’s a scary move.

The ACC's 'Replacements'

February, 23, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

As we head into spring football, there will be some pretty big names missing from the rosters -- Clemson needs to replace its starting quarterback, safety and running back, Duke lost the ACC's leading tackler, Virginia lost its leading receiver and rusher, BC lost its starting defensive tackles, Georgia Tech needs to replace three of its four starting defensive linemen, and UNC needs to replace all of its top receivers -- just to name a few. There will also be plenty of replacements within coaching staffs.

Here are the five biggest shoes to fill in the ACC this spring:

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  Aaron Curry finished his career at Wake Forest with 332 tackles.

Virginia Tech cornerback Victor "Macho" Harris -- Not only will the Hokies lose one of their top defenders, they'll also lose a true leader. Last season, Harris had 14 passes defended and six interceptions -- including two returned for touchdowns -- and two forced fumbles. One option is to move Stephan Virgil to the other side like the staff did when Brandon Flowers left. Another is to let a few players battle it out. Rashad Carmichael started the game Harris missed due to injury.

Florida State defensive end Everette Brown -- He led the league in sacks and tackles for loss. Brown's season sack total was 13.5 and his career sack total was 23. Markus White, who was Brown's backup in 2008, earned his first sack against Clemson, and is the front-runner to succeed Brown. Kevin McNeil also has experience at the end position.

Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry -- The Butkus Award winner finished the regular season with a team-leading 101 tackles and 15 tackles for loss. Curry finished his career with 332 tackles and a school-record 278 career interception return yards. Jonathan Jones was Curry's backup last season and has some experience there.

UNC receiver Hakeem Nicks -- Nicks set UNC single-season records in 2008 for receiving yards (1,222) and touchdowns (12). In just three seasons, Nicks established 14 school records at UNC, including career receptions (181), career receiving yards (2,580) and career touchdowns (21). The staff recruited several receivers who are expected to compete for time this fall, but Joshua Adams, who enrolled in January, could have a slight edge because he'll be practicing this spring. Sophomore Dwight Jones should also be in the mix, along with Todd Harrelson and Rashad Mason.

Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski -- He took the Eagles to back-to-back ACC title games, including 2008, when little was expected of the Eagles in their first season without Matt Ryan. Jagodzinski left Boston College with a 20-8 record (11-3 in 2007, 9-5 in 2008). Former defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani will be in his first season as a head coach.

ACC: So long, 2008

January, 14, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

It was a great season to cover ACC football, with plenty of memorable moments, games, plays, coaches, players and issues -- some good, some not so good. Here are a few things I won't forget from 2008, in no particular order:

The jumbled, exciting race for the ACC title -- It was arguably the most competitive season in ACC football history, as the race to Tampa came down to the final weeks in November, and four teams finished with 5-3 conference records and six teams finished at 4-4.

Tommy Bowden resigns midseason -- On Oct. 13, 2008, Clemson announced that Bowden would no longer be head coach, and wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney took over the program and made immediate, sweeping changes, including the firing of offensive coordinator Rob Spence.

Miami's quarterback controversy -- It all began when starter Robert Marve was suspended for the season opener, and ended with him being suspended for the Emerald Bowl. Jacory Harris or Marve? Following Marve's transfer, there's only one choice.

Myron Rolle wins a Rhodes Scholarship -- There might not have been a more positive story in ACC football this season, as Rolle interviewed for one of the prestigious scholarships on the same day Florida State played a critical Atlantic Division game at Maryland. Rolle won the award, and flew to Maryland in time to contribute to the 37-3 win.

Virginia Tech wins the FedEx Orange Bowl -- The Hokies did the most with the least this season, as Frank Beamer did arguably the best coaching job of his career and led Virginia Tech to its fifth straight 10-win season. The 20-7 win over Cincinnati gave the ACC its first BCS bowl win since 1999.

Jeff Jagodzinski gets fired -- After only his second season and back-to-back appearances in the ACC title game, Jagodzinski decided to interview with the New York Jets, knowing it would cost him his job. A private matter of trust between Jagodzinski and athletic director Gene DeFilippo became public.

Bye-bye coordinators -- Virginia coach Al Groh fired his son, offensive coordinator Mike Groh, Miami coach Randy Shannon fired offensive coordinator Patrick Nix, Clemson coach Swinney fired offensive coordinator Spence, and both Maryland and Clemson's defensive coordinators both bolted for K-State. BC will need a new defensive coordinator now that Frank Spaziani is the new head coach.

Georgia Tech's 45-42 win over Georgia -- The Yellow Jackets earned their first win in the series since 2000, and they did it on the road and in Paul Johnson's first season. Georgia Tech broke a seven-game losing streak to the Dawgs and rushed for 409 yards in the process. It was arguably the ACC's best nonconference win of the season, though the Hokies' win over Cincinnati had a bigger impact.

The poor attendance at the ACC title game in Tampa -- Having seen it first-hand, it will be tough to forget. According to the St. Pete Times, the turnstile count for the game at Raymond James Stadium was 27,360, about half the tickets that were sold and distributed (53,927).

NCAA-record 10 bowl eligible teams -- Heading into the season, it didn't seem as if the ACC would be strong enough to have even a ninth team qualify to play in the inaugural EagleBank Bowl, but the conference became the first to send 10 teams to bowl games in a single season.

ACC's lunchtime links

January, 9, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

  • Tony Barnhart takes a look at the best and worst of the 2008 college football season, and makes a few predictions, too. Among them is Bobby Bowden's retirement
  • There's no question, though, the 79-year-old Bowden will be back, as will his defensive coordinator.
  • Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt hasn't had any conversations with coach Randy Shannon about a contract extension, but Shannon has his "100 percent support." Nothing like putting that support in writing, eh? It's probably wise to wait another year.
  • Gene DeFilippo's decision to fire coach Jeff Jagodzinski might not have the far-reaching impact some would like to see in college football, but it should at least guarantee the next head coach of the Eagles will be there at least three seasons.
  • Boston College defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani is gaining more support each day to take over the program, and linebacker Mark Herzlich is leading the charge.

Posted by's Heather Dinich

In case you slept through all of Wednesday, two major things happened: Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski was fired, and a handful of players decided to leave the ACC for the NFL.

Here are a few stories and opinions on both of those subjects:


Gregg Doyel applauded Boston College for taking a stand, but he wasn't the only one. Sally Jenkins was also a fan of the move, as was Dan Wetzel. About the only opinion missing on this is Jagodzinski's. One thing is for sure -- athletic director Gene DeFilippo took it personally.


Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is trying to remain a "normal citizen" while preparing for the NFL draft.

The fact that Virginia wide receiver Kevin Ogletree already graduated made his decision a lot easier.

Also leaving is arguably the best defensive end in the ACC, FSU's Everette Brown.


Paul Strelow is reporting that Clemson assistant Ron West (outside linebackers/bandit ends) might be the first one out the door to make room for new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Five years.

That's how long former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski was expected to stay at Boston College before he was "terminated without cause" on Wednesday.

Instead, Jagodzinski lasted two years before he started job hunting (and therein lies your "cause.")

"I thought that we had a coach that wanted to be here for a long time," BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo said at this afternoon's news conference, "and that wasn't necessarily the case."

It's not necessarily going to be the case at Boston College, either.

DeFilippo is under the illusion that BC football is more relevant than its surroundings, when in actuality the program is like the fourth-string quarterback (at best) in a pro town. BC only steals the spotlight when everyone else isn't playing. It's overshadowed by the Red Sox, the Patriots, the Bruins, the Celtics, and, on occasion, even by its own hockey team.

Chestnut Hill is not Happy Valley, where Beaver Stadium looms larger than anything in the zip code, or Blacksburg, where cell reception begins to disappear in the Blue Hills, and a new hotel is reason to celebrate. Maryland coaches often lament their battle for attention between the Ravens and the Redskins, but Ralph Friedgen and Gary Williams are both alums who are attached to their programs. Georgia Tech has the Falcons and the Braves, but they've also got Paul Johnson, and they ponied up the money to keep him -- not fire him.

Head football coach at Boston College is a good, respectable job at a fine educational institution, but it's a tough job because it's based in a high-priced town with little fan support. We're talking about a program that couldn't even sell out its own stadium when Matt Ryan was quarterback. Its location makes it the misfit of the ACC. There's no need for blame, just acceptance.

Unless DeFilippo finds a coach with roots in the area or already settled in it, odds are it won't be his final stop. Nor should it be, and there should be no shame in DeFilippo hiring talented, young coaches good enough to move on to more lucrative jobs, whether it be in the NFL or in college.

One coach who would make perfect sense for this job is Cincinnati's Brian Kelly. He's talented, he's from Boston, his parents and most of his family still live there, and -- bonus -- he's Catholic. But guess what? If Charlie Weis were to be fired at Notre Dame, DeFilippo would likely be searching all over again. Notre Dame is one of Kelly's dream jobs.

Still, DeFilippo insists the program can attract some of the best college coaches in the country and keep them.

"I've got a stack out there of coaches, some are from head coaches at very, very, very good institutions that are interested in this job should anything happen, and I think they would be committed to staying here for the length of their contract, yes."

"There are a lot of positive things here, and there's a lot of coaches that want to come here and be a part of this program."

Sure, but for how long?

"We want to find somebody who really wants to be at Boston College and who is going to be here for the length of their contract. ... We'd like a coach that would stay the length of the contract. That's what I'd like."

DeFilippo said he will bring the staff together and give anyone interested in the job the first opportunity to interview. He also said he plans on bringing in at least two candidates from outside the program. The answer, though, is right in front of him.

DeFilippo needs to finally reward the loyal coach who's been on staff for the past 12 seasons -- defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani, a Penn State grad who has been the Eagles' defensive coordinator for the past 10 seasons.

Of course, if Penn State came calling for "Spaz" ...

Hey, everybody's got a dream job, and for most coaches, Boston College isn't it.

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo announced the firing of coach Jeff Jagodzinski today.

I'll have more on this in a bit for you, so check back later.

Posted by's Heather Dinich

There are far more questions coming out of Boston College than answers right now, as it's still not clear if coach Jeff Jagodzinski actually went through with an interview with the Jets that could cost him his current job.

Quite frankly, it doesn't even matter anymore.

As of right this second, Jagodzinski is still the head coach, and he has single-handedly caused a major upheaval in the very program he was hired to manage.

Even if Jagodzinski suddenly gets struck with a bolt of loyalty and decides to stay, the relationships are already strained. This is like a head-coach-in-waiting scenario, only we're all waiting for the head coach, and the fact that he hasn't made a public statement speaks volumes.

Clearly, Jagodzinski doesn't need anyone at Boston College. Not his athletic director, not his staff, and sadly, not his players. Go ahead and add his recruits to that list, because he's losing them, too.

The million dollar question is: What could possibly make Jagodzinski want to walk away from a $1 million-a-year job?

Jagodzinski is not to be faulted for wanting an NFL job, or even for interviewing for one after two seasons. Athletic director Gene DeFilippo is naive if he thinks Boston College is the final destination for young, talented coaches with higher aspirations. The problem is the sneaky way Jagodzinski went about it. Interview or no interview, the trust within the program has been broken and it's time to move on. Again.

Prior to the 2007 season, DeFilippo wanted a more charismatic, exciting coach. Somebody the fans could embrace. All Tom O'Brien had to offer was great character and seven straight bowl wins.

So O'Brien tumbled out and Jagodzinski strutted in, winning easily his first season and impressively his second.

What surprised me most about Jagodzinski this season was not the blatant disregard he showed for the state of the program when he scoffed at the notion he would be fired if he interviewed with the Jets. It was the fact that he somehow managed to contain his NFL-sized ego and allowed his two coordinators -- Steve Logan and Frank Spaziani -- to do their jobs.

That's how Boston College won this season.

"You're only as good as the people you surround yourself with," Jagodzinski said at the ACC championship game.

If only DeFilippo knew that when he hired Jagodzinski.

The two of them still have not sat down and talked since Saturday, and that's the only way this bizarre situation can be resolved. Instead, another day will pass without those within the program knowing in which direction they're headed.

Because of that, a new direction is needed at Boston College.

ACC's lunchtime links

January, 6, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

The problem with this whole situation at Boston College is not that coach Jeff Jagodzinski would like to interview with the Jets, it's that he didn't let the athletic director know about it

This certainly wasn't what Gene DeFilippo was expecting when he hired Jagodzinski.

The Charlotte Observer put together this early ranking of ACC teams for 2009, and it's pretty tough to disagree with, though I'd make a few switches.

You would think that recruits in the state of Georgia are forced at times to pick between rivals Georgia Tech and Georgia, but that's not the case.

Not sure if you guys already saw this, but Virginia Tech's bowl win really did pay off.

BC update

January, 5, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

I just spoke with a source at Boston College who said nothing has been determined yet -- including whether or not coach Jeff Jagodzinski will even interview with the Jets, or who his replacement would be if he does.

It was originally reported that offensive coordinator Steve Logan would replace Jagodzinski if he were to interview with the Jets, but that hasn't been decided yet.

We should know more soon.

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski will be fired if he interviews with the Jets on Monday, and guess what? Jagodzinski doesn't seem to care.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Jagodzinski plans to go through with the interview anyway, and if he is fired, offensive coordinator Steve Logan would be promoted to head coach.


A few things quickly come to mind on this. One, how could Jagodzinski possibly win his team back if he outright chooses an opportunity -- not even a guaranteed job -- over them? I guess he wouldn't have to if he got fired, but clearly setting this up behind the scenes shows little loyalty to the program.

And two, why not choose defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani as the next head coach? Don't get me wrong, I have the utmost respect for Steve Logan and I think he did a tremendous job this season with what he had to work with. He also has head coaching experience from his days at East Carolina. But Spaziani is the most tenured member of that staff at BC, as he just finished his 12th season there. He is head coach material, his defenses have been outstanding, and he deserves a shot.

Jagodzinski has an NFL mentality and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if he made this move. The interview is scheduled for Monday, so we should know soon enough if there will be changes in Chestnut Hill.

Posted by's Heather Dinich

This was Vanderbilt's day, Vanderbilt's feel-good story.

Boston College lost to an inspired opponent that won its first bowl game in 53 years.

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  BC quarterback Dominique Davis struggled in 16-14 loss to Vanderbilt in the Music City bowl.

As good as Boston College played on defense -- a stifling effort in the 16-14 defeat -- the Eagles will remember their mistakes instead.

Boston College had two costly 15-yard penalties in the fourth quarter that led to the game-winning field goal, and three turnovers -- two interceptions and a fumble -- while Vanderbilt didn't surrender the ball once or commit one single penalty.

Vanderbilt needed three quarterbacks and a fluke touchdown to win the game. The Commodores got one of their touchdowns on a fumbled punt that bounced off of safety Paul Anderson's leg and into the end zone, where Vandy recovered it.

It was an unfortunate ending that is likely to overshadow an otherwise impressive season, considering what coach Jeff Jagodzinski had to work with. The Eagles' four-game winning streak in November that led to the Atlantic Division title and a spot in the ACC championship game has since faded into the background and has been replaced by back-to-back season ending losses in arguably the most important games of the season.

With the loss to Vanderbilt, Boston College's streak of eight straight bowl wins came to an end, but this is a team most outsiders never gave a chance to even compete for the ACC title. The Eagles were picked to finish fourth in their division because they lost Matt Ryan. They finished 2007 without a running back on the roster, and had to replace several key starters on defense.

Their offensive struggles and ability to win games on defense defined them this season, but weren't enough to finish the job. Rookie quarterback Dominique Davis has struggled since taking over for injured starter Chris Crane, and his last interception sealed the win for Vanderbilt. It didn't help that center Matt Tennant, arguably the Eagles' top offensive lineman, left in the second quarter with an elbow injury.

Offensive coordinator Steve Logan tried to help Davis out by putting all-conference tight end Ryan Purvis in the backfield and throwing checkdown passes to him. Simple routes, simple throws helped. But they got away from the short passing game, and that pressured Davis into uncomfortable throws. He struggled with his accuracy, just as he did in the ACC championship game.

Still, it was only his third career start, and unlike last year, Jagodzinski will head into spring practice with running backs to choose from.

ACC's lunchtime links

December, 31, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Here's a look at what's going on around the league, beginning with today's bowl games:

  • Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski insists the players have put their disappointment behind them after coming up short in the ACC title game, and the Eagles seem ready to end the season on the right note. If they do, it will be the program's ninth straight bowl win.
  • With all of the hoopla surrounding Georgia Tech's win over rival Georgia, the Yellow Jackets' subpar performance on defense got lost in the excitement. They're hoping for a better effort against LSU.
  • And here is the whole messy Robert Marve situation wrapped into one neat and tidy story. I spoke with Robert's father, Eugene Marve, again, and this isn't the end of this story.
  • Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor isn't quite old enough to enjoy South Beach, but the Hokies have watched him mature before their eyes in the second half of the season.
  • Clemson nose guard Dorell Scott doesn't like to leave a job unfinished, and he's got a few more things to do before he ends his career. Sure, there's the bowl game, but graduating is also at the top of his list.