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Sunday, January 4, 2009
Updated: January 5, 2:47 PM ET
Sources: BC threatens coach over Jets interview

By Chris Mortensen
ESPN.com

Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski has been told he will be fired if he interviews for the head-coaching vacancy with the New York Jets, according to sources.

The interview is scheduled for Monday evening.

Despite the threat from athletic director Gene DeFilippo, Jagodzinski plans to do the interview with the Jets, the sources said.

If Jagodzinski is fired, the school will consider three in-house candidates to replace him as head coach -- offensive coordinator Steve Logan, defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani and offensive line/assistant head coach Jack Bicknell -- a source told ESPN.com's Pat Forde.

"If Jags wants to be here, he'll be here," the source told Forde. "If he doesn't want to be here, he won't be."

The school is concerned that the Jets' interview could be the beginning of a trend for Jagodzinski where he will try to get an NFL job, the source told Forde.

Jeff Jagodzinski
Jeff Jagodzinski has been head coach at Boston College the past two seasons.

According to the sources, DeFilippo first told Jagodzinski on Saturday that he would be fired if he interviewed and then reinforced the school's position Sunday. Jagodzinski declined to comment when reached by ESPN.

"I like Jeff. I mean, I really like Jeff," DeFilippo said when asked if there was any way Jagodzinski could be back in Chestnut Hill next season. "We're going to handle the situation as it unfolds."

But another BC source said Jagodzinski informed his coaching staff of the development this weekend after at least two discussions with DeFilippo.

The Jets did not have a reaction or confirm they are interested in Jagodzinski, but ESPN and other news outlets have reported his candidacy.

Jagodzinski, 45, has been head coach at Boston College the past two seasons, with the team finishing first in the ACC's Atlantic Division each year. In 2007 the Eagles went 11-3, including a victory over Michigan State in the Champs Sports Bowl. This past season, BC finished 9-5 after losing to Vanderbilt in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl.

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Prior to coming to BC, Jagodzinski had worked as an NFL assistant since 1999. He was tight ends coach for the Packers from 1999 to 2002, then served in the same role for the Falcons in 2003 and '04 before moving up to be Atlanta's offensive line coach in '05. He then went back to Green Bay as offensive coordinator for the 2006 season before BC came calling.

Before coming to the NFL, Jagodzinski served on college staffs since 1989 with East Carolina, LSU, Northern Illinois, and Wisconsin-Whitewater (his alma mater).

Chris Mortensen is a senior NFL analyst for ESPN. Information from ESPN.com's Pat Forde and The Associated Press was used in this report.