Sources: BC set to fire coach
Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski did indeed interview with the New York Jets and he therefore will 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. Tuesday, but he was hoping to meet with Jagodzinski face-to-face 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."
On Wednesday, Cameron sent out a statement that read: "The BC Media Relations Office will issue a media advisory if/when a press conference is planned to address the football situation ... Meanwhile, there is nothing new to report."The school scheduled a news conference for 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Boston College will need to seriously regroup after Jeff Jagodzinski put the program in flux, writes ESPN.com's Heather Dinich. Blog
ESPN reporter Wendi Nix reported that defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani likely will be named the interim head coach at some point, but not at Wednesday's news conference. Spaziani has been a Boston College assistant for 12 years, the past 10 as defensive coordinator.
DeFilippo, sources say, believed 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 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.
New York met on Saturday with Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who has also interviewed for the vacancies in Cleveland and Detroit. The Jets have also received permission to speak with Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, but haven't set a date for an interview. The Ravens play at Tennessee in the AFC divisional playoffs Saturday.Jagodzinski, 45, led the Eagles to the Atlantic Coast Conference title game in his two seasons, losing both times to Virginia Tech. BC finished this season with a 9-5 record after a 16-14 loss to Vanderbilt in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 31, ending an eight-game bowl winning streak for the Eagles. They were 11-3 in Jagodzinski's first season. Jagodzinski spent two years as BC's offensive coordinator, starting in 1997 when Matt Hasselbeck was the quarterback. Hasselbeck is now with Seattle, which must put together a staff under new coach Jim Mora. Jagodzinski was an assistant under Mora in Atlanta and has experience as an NFL offensive coordinator with Green Bay in 2006.Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN. Information from ESPN reporters Kelly Naqi and Wendi Nix, and The Associated Press was used in this report.