Jeff Jagodzinski's run of football coaching hard luck continues.
The UFL's Omaha Nighthawks announced on Monday that they would not renew Jagodzinski's contract, just one year into his stint with the expansion UFL franchise. The Nighthawks started the season 3-1 but lost their final four games of the season to finish the year 3-5.
Despite managing to sell out all four home games at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium, UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue said in a release that on the field "the team was unable to replicate that success and as people involved with our sport appreciate, a head coach's longevity is linked with on-field results, so we have chosen to make a change."
The irony here, of course, is that Jags was canned for a season-ending four-game losing streak ... by an expansion UFL franchise, while his successor at Boston College was seemingly rewarded for a five-game losing streak this season with a two year contract extension.
Prior to his hiring as Omaha's head coach, Jags held the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator position for eight and a half months before being dismissed just before the start of the 2009 season.
Jags' name has been mentioned for both the vacant UConn and Pittsburgh head coaching positions, though I would be surprised if he landed with either program. Pitt just got done parting ways with a coach who was arrested on felony domestic violence charges, while delusional UConn fans think they are landing either Rich Rodriguez or Mike Leach (ed. note - seriously?). Given the circumstances, I doubt either program would be keeping their boosters happy by taking a chance on Jagodzinski, given his lack of success on the gridiron the past two years.
That is, unless Jags was fired from Omaha for interviewing for the vacant Pitt head coaching position, and he already has the position wrapped up by now.