Daily Whimsy (1/8) - The BC Coaching Fiasco
Former BC head coach Jeff Jagodzinski
Former BC head coach Jeff Jagodzinski
Posted Jan 8, 2009

The curious case of Jeff Jagozinski and the Boston College situation, in the January 8th Daily Whimsy.

Fiu's Daily Cavalcade of Whimsy

Boston College & Coach Jags ... Jan. 8

a.k.a. Frank Costanza's Festivus Airing of the Grievances ... or the obvious attempt to keep readers coming to the site on a regular basis during the off-season.
By Pete Fiutak   
What's your beef? ... Fire off your thoughts  

This Week's Whimsies:
Wednesday - Auburn's big coaching moves
Monday - 10 Reasons Why Florida Will Win

Past Whimsies:
Tuesday - The Andre Smith suspension
Monday - NFL Mock Draft (top 10 picks)
Tuesday - Holiday Wish List For All 119 Teams

Wednesday - Chizik, Gill, & the Race Card
Friday - Why Paterno isn't too old

Past Whimsies
- 2008 Season
2008 Preseason Cavalcade
- 2007 Season
- 2006 Season

- 10 Reasons Why Oklahoma Will Win

"It'll be a cold day in hell when Harry Flugleman let's an actor tell him what to do! Do you know what the word nada means? In all those Mexican movies you made... did you ever hear that word? It means "nothing"! Zero. Zip. It's what you're gonna have when I'm through with you! You hit Harry Flugleman on a bad day." ... In the there's-no-crying-in-football department, Boston College athletic director Gene DiFilippo told Jeff Jagodzinski that he'd be fired if he interviewed for the New York Jets head coaching job. Jagodzinski interviewed for the job, and now, after two successful seasons with two straight appearances in the ACC title game, he's gone.

Let's say DiFilippo is in the right. Let's say he really does want another Jack Bicknell who'll plan on making Boston College a home for his career. DiFilippo is still misguided and Boston College looks small-time.

If you have differences with your head coach, fine. Not everyone can get along and there's no real problem if you want to fire a guy before he leaves you. But that's not the case here. Reportedly, DiFilippo and Coach Jags were friendly, but if you're going to be an athletic director with a major college football program to run, you can't tell your head coach he can't at least explore all his options. After all, coaches have short shelf lives and get canned all the time after a bad year or two. If you're a young head coach and you have a shot at the NFL, you jump all over that opportunity the second there's an opening, and schools, especially a place like Boston College, should encourage that.

If Jagodzinski wanted to look into taking a job at a place like Syracuse, or North Carolina, or Michigan State, then BC would have a beef. You don't want to lose your head coach to a lateral move, even if it might be for more money. But if you can become known as a place that cultivates head coaching talent and can be a place where young stars come to shine, that's a plus. If you have head coaches that you don't have to fire, you're ten steps ahead of the game.

Boston College isn't a destination. It should be, it might have the best combination of city, conference, opportunities for success and realistic expectations, but it's not. You want the NFL to want your head coaches. You want to get coaches good enough to be on the short list for the cream of the crop gigs. You want the reputation for being a place that will get a star head coach no matter how often the transition. Recruits all know there's a realistic chance there will be a coaching change before their five years are up, but if they know the school is going to replace one good coach with another, that makes the recruiting game far easier.

Now, why would any coach with any dreams of upward mobility want to take the BC job? Oh sure, the program can go the retread rout and move up offensive coordinator and former East Carolina head man Steve Logan, or defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani, but no matter who takes the gig, the coach will be expected to 1) stay until he's fired or retires, whichever comes first, and 2) be DiFilippos's good buddy. In today's day and age of big-time college football, neither one is realistic.