Monday, January 5, 2009
AD: Coach had understanding with BC
ESPN.com news services
While Boston College football coach Jeff Jagodzinski proceeds toward a scheduled interview with the New York Jets, athletic director Gene DeFilippo made it clear Monday that doing so will bring an end to the coach's brief tenure in Chestnut Hill.
"Jeff is a very good man and an excellent football coach," DeFilippo said. "He did a wonderful job for us while he was here at BC. I wish Jeff would not take this interview and would remain as head coach at BC."
Jagodzinski is expected to interview with the Jets either Monday night or Tuesday. The Jets are looking for a head coach to succeed Eric Mangini, who was fired last week.
Sources confirmed that Jagodzinski met with DeFilippo and another representative of Boston College for approximately 90 minutes Saturday and it was then that Jagodzinski was told he'd be fired if he interviewed with the Jets.
Jagodzinski reportedly said he was still going to take the interview and would keep in contact with DeFilippo. The coach and DeFilippo spoke by telephone on Sunday and haven't spoken since, sources told ESPN's Kelly Naqi.
Jeff Jagodzinski has been head coach at Boston College the past two seasons.
DeFilippo would not discuss the specifics of Jagodzinski's contract but did say the two had a mutual understanding when Jagodzinski took the BC job just a little more than two years ago that he would be the Eagles' coach beyond the 2008 season.
"We certainly expected it would be more than two years before he would look or accept an interview [with another team]," DeFilippo said. "All contracts are different, as well as the spirit and intent of the contract."
Jagodzinski has three years left on his contract. Were BC to fire him, sources said, the university would be on the hook for the remainder of his salary.
If Jagodzinski is fired, a source told ESPN.com's Pat Forde that Boston College 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.
The Jets did not have a reaction or confirm they are interested in Jagodzinski, but ESPN and other news outlets have reported his candidacy.
In his two seasons at BC, the 45-year-old Jagodzinski coached the Eagles to a first-place finish 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.
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).
Information from ESPN reporter Kelly Naqi, ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen, and The Associated Press was used in this report.