It’s Official – Jagodzinski Out at BC

Here’s your link. I suppose once DeFilippo went public with his insane threat, he kind of had to go through with it. For the idiots in BC’s fanbase, it is probably a proud chest-thumping moment. For the rational folks, thoughts of “who would work this Al Davis-like guy?” are in the forefront.

We previously discussed this matter here.

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67 Responses to It’s Official – Jagodzinski Out at BC

  1. Clarksa 01/07/2009 at 2:27 PM #

    Great comment from the comments section of the article…

    “More people have commented on this story than they had fans at their “Bowl” game.”

  2. Noah 01/07/2009 at 2:47 PM #

    If you were an agent, would you advise your clients to take the BC job?

  3. choppack1 01/07/2009 at 2:49 PM #

    I really want to make fun of this guy, but when you’ve got Lee Fowler as your guy…

    I mean, one guy can identify good coaches, but can’t keep them. The other can’t identify good coaches, but can keep them. I think we know which one is worse.

    I really think this is a perfect example of the other AD that you don’t want. You don’t want 2 kinds of ADs –
    1) The kind of AD who is so eager to make friends w/ the coaches and keep them happy that he ignores the results. (Lee Fowler)
    2) The micromanager who thinks he can find a great coach anywhere and isn’t afraid to run off successful ones. (BC’s AD.)

    Like I said, we can make fun of this guy, but he’s got a decent track record. Somehow, he’s managed to keep Skinner around, and for all the flack he caught for hiring Jags, all Jags did was take them to 2 ACC title games – something that had never happened before.

    I’m going to wait and see who they hire and how the coach does before I enjoy this one too much.

  4. Noah 01/07/2009 at 2:53 PM #

    If the NFL wants to interview your head coach…isn’t that a good thing? Isn’t that proof that you’ve hired a good coach?

    Tell me again why you’d fire a guy for that?

    Seriously, a guy works for you and does a good job. A company comes along and offers him waaay more money, a pension and a title bump.

    You’re going to fire that guy for listening to the other company?

  5. Sam92 01/07/2009 at 2:53 PM #

    i am not without sympathy for BC. apparently they had a contract clause with jag that he would stay at least three years, and they rightly feel a little slighted with him interviewing after two years.

    the problem for BC is that just because you have the right to do something doesn’t mean that you should, or that you won’t look like a jerk for enforcing your rights (plus, interviewing is not exactly the same thing as actually leaving)

    bottom line, they fired a college coach for interviewing for an NFL head coaching job – that sounds a bit harsh and they won’t get anyone with real talent to take his place as a result.

    BC have just relegated themselves to the bottom half of the ACC for the next several years at least

  6. ruffles31 01/07/2009 at 2:54 PM #

    Cougar hunting Fowler is at least happy for one week that he is not universally known as the worst AD in the ACC.

  7. wufpup76 01/07/2009 at 2:59 PM #

    Wow … the opening statement from DeFilippo in the conference went like this:

    “Today is a sad day for BC, our football team, our fans and alumni, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, ME.”

    ^Yep, he said that … “Most Importantly, ME.”

  8. Clarksa 01/07/2009 at 3:00 PM #

    “i am not without sympathy for BC. apparently they had a contract clause with jag that he would stay at least three years, and they rightly feel a little slighted with him interviewing after two years.”

    According to several reports, this was never officially written into the contract…more like an understanding between the two.

  9. BassPacker 01/07/2009 at 3:00 PM #

    I know I’ll get blasted for this but “good for BC”. Collegiate College Coach Jumping Ship has gotten crazy. Whats the point in signing a contract? I mean, look at TOB, we hire him to bring success here and when he does, he jumps ship to the next highest bidder? Be it Auburn, ND or NY Jets. And theres several more years on his contract? Throw in the Butch Clause, “I’m gonna leave if you don’t give me a 30 year extension with more money”. Sorry, I don’t feel sorry for coaches who play a “better job” card everytime someone calls “all in”.

  10. choppack1 01/07/2009 at 3:04 PM #

    From what I heard earlier, the problem was that Jags didn’t tell him about the interview.

    I think someone said it best here in that you can be w/in your rights, and still be a jerk – and I agree it appears to fall in that category.

    If I was a young coach, who wanted to coach at the highest level in college or pro football, I wouldn’t give BC a looksie here. However, if I really liked the Boston area, and was looking for a good job where I could retire – I certainly would.

    The big question now is A) Will they conduct a national search or will they promote one of their existing staff members? And B) if they hire Spaz – does he look to raid our staff?

  11. wufpup76 01/07/2009 at 3:06 PM #

    ^Mr. ME said they would interview external candidates and that it would be a “short search”

  12. McPete 01/07/2009 at 3:09 PM #

    Colin Cowherd was blasting Di Filippo earlier today about this. 2 good coaches leave in three years; you’re probably not good to work for. O Brien left a top 25 program for a reclamation project. isn’t that odd anyway?

    I bet the AD wishes he could have included a 3 year ban on interviews in the contract, but no one with an agent/lawyer with half a brain would have let him sign it.

  13. cWOhLFrPAiCKs 01/07/2009 at 3:23 PM #

    Just because he was interviewing this year, doesn’t mean he’d be taking a job. If there was an “understanding” between the AD and Jags about a three year commitment, then I don’t see what’s wrong with him getting interviewing experience for a job he wasn’t going to get. I mean, if he was interviewing for another College Coaching gig, then I could see being a little upset. Either way, I’d say Fowler shouldn’t get out of the dog house just because someone else messed up for once. I say it’s a two way tie!

  14. bradleyb123 01/07/2009 at 3:26 PM #

    I wonder if BC would like it if EVERY school in the nation told their coaches they would be fired if they interviewed for the BC job.

    Yes, that’s absurd. But so is telling Jags he’d be fired if he interviewed with the Jets, and then following through with it.

    Like Rush Limbaugh says, the best way to illustrate the absurd is by being absurd.

  15. RedTerror29 01/07/2009 at 3:29 PM #

    Coaches will stop interviewing for other jobs before their contract is up when ADs stop firing coaches before their contract is up.

  16. VaWolf82 01/07/2009 at 3:30 PM #

    If you were an agent, would you advise your clients to take the BC job?

    The AD and the salary wouldn’t be an issue for nearly any coach in I-AA….and alot of coordinators at BCS schools. Just plan on moving to Boston, rent an apartment, and leave at the next good job.

    The issue in going to BC is the academic restrictions that TOB referenced several times in the first weeks after coming to State. A coach that goes to BC runs the risk of being labeled a loser simply because he didn’t have access to all of the athletes available to most other schools. Recruiting top athletes is difficult enough without adding extra stumbling blocks.

    Look how many coaches Notre Dame has gone through. Once you get one that is bringing in good athletes (great athletes in Weiss’s case) under difficult recruiting restrictions, then you need to be patient when they are struggling and generous when they are winning. The bozo AD at BC hasn’t figured this out yet.

  17. Alpha Wolf 01/07/2009 at 3:35 PM #

    apparently they had a contract clause with jag that he would stay at least three years, and they rightly feel a little slighted with him interviewing after two years.

    This theory has been widely discussed and disproven. There was no contractual clause.

  18. Sam92 01/07/2009 at 3:55 PM #

    the important thing here is not the contract, it’s the attitude

    i can understand BC’s hurt feelings seeing as how Jags is relatively new, but firing a college coach because he interviewed for an NFL head coaching job is just plain un-American

  19. whitefang 01/07/2009 at 3:55 PM #

    It is my understanding that he fired him but still has to pay his salary for another year. If he let him interview and he didn’t get the job, then BC would still have a coach that has taken them to 2 straight ACC champ games. If he got the Jets job he would be in the same place as he is now except he wouldn’t be on the hook for a years salary.
    Is this correct and if it is I think the AD may be job hunting soon?

  20. choppack1 01/07/2009 at 3:59 PM #

    Good point whitefang on potential buyout clauses.

  21. bradleyb123 01/07/2009 at 4:05 PM #

    According to the article Alpha Wolf posted a link to (see his 3:35pm post), BC is on the hook for more than just a year’s salary.

    “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.”

    Sounds to me like they’d be on the hook for all three years left in his contract.

  22. bradleyb123 01/07/2009 at 4:08 PM #

    Any good BC recruits back on the market that the Pack might be interested in?

    I heard they had a 4-star receiver that has backed out of his BC visit.

  23. JeremyH 01/07/2009 at 4:08 PM #

    I thought that if he left the position on his own, BC does not owe him anything. This is just a case where the AD felt he needed to flex his muscles. Now, what does Jag do if he did not get the position, was it worth it? Wow. This is the type of supervisor that no matter how well you do, bites your ass over insignificant details to show you are no bigger than him.

  24. choppack1 01/07/2009 at 4:16 PM #

    This is from someone on
    “BC fan here. I applaud (the athletic director) Gene (DiPilippo) for making this move…Gene is bucking the trend and ignoring the critics. Many good businessmen do the same thing. I think it is certainly realistic to have a coach who wants to be at a school long term…. Sure, BC isn’t Oklahoma, but look at Jim Grobe at Wake Forest. Small school, small fan base. He has won a conference championship and is not looking to move to bigger programs. Ultimately, Jags wanted out. …”

    And this is where a fan shows total ignorance. Jim Grobe has interviewed for the Arkansas AND Nebraska job. His name is mentioned now every time a high profile job comes up. Wellman could fire him – and say, “I want someone who only wants to be at Wake Forest” – of course, Wellman knows what he has and he knows the best way to keep Grobe isn’t to strongarm into staying.

    I can see how you’d be a little miffed if after 2 years, someone is already looking around, but it’s not like he’s looking at a Division 2 job or a mid-major job – it’s the NFL – the pinnacle of the profession if you’re a football coach.

  25. Alpha Wolf 01/07/2009 at 4:18 PM #

    ^ Grobe is the ultimate exception, not someone that will set the trend others will follow.

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