On the same day that Boston College puts itself in the news for a good reason — knocking off the #1 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in basketball — they also were put in the news for a bad reason. I had heard the Jets planned to interview BC head coach Jeff Jagodzinksi for their head coaching vacancy, but I didn’t know the BC brass was going to get all possessive-girlfriend on him. ESPN says that BC informed Jagodzinski that he’ll be fired if he does interview with the Jets. Lending credence to the story is the Boston Globe report where Jagodzinski denied he’s spoken with the Jets, most likely because he doesn’t want word getting out. Oops! Too late for that.
I understand that BC took Jagodzinski away from the Packers where he was their offensive coordinator and made him a head coach where he’s had success, but schools and teams usually allow their staff to interview elsewhere when it’s a step up. For Jagz, leaving BC for the Jets would be a step up, as long as it’s in the same capacity (which it is). To threaten Jagodzinski with a backup plan that the offensive coordinator at BC would get his job should he interview with the Jets seems pretty childish to me. What kind of message is that sending to your coach? What will his feelings be towards you if he ultimately remains at BC? Perhaps he won’t be as motivated as before, or at least he won’t have the same type of loyalty he may have had before. Bad P.R. move by BC, as long as the report is true. I guess we’ll see what happens.