The zigzag-y football coaching career of former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski is the subject of an article in Friday's New York Times. The NYT's Mike Tierney recounts Coach Jags fallout with the program and offers up some straightforward and honest takes about what transpired:
Jagodzinski accepted an invitation to interview for the position of head coach with the Jets, which troubled the college's athletic director, Gene DeFilippo. When Jagodzinski defied his boss and met with the Jets, he was fired. Worse for him, the Jets opted for Rex Ryan.
Without specifying how, Jagodzinski said he would handle the situation differently today. (His wife attributed the breakup to two competitive men stubbornly holding their ground. "Cooler heads should have prevailed," she said.)
Former Boston College offensive coordinator Steve Logan, who worked under Jags for two seasons, offered up his take on the situation as well.
Steve Logan, a friend and a Boston College assistant at the time who coached with Jagodzinski at three stops, recalled the episode as "catastrophic for everybody involved."
"I think there would have been a long, successful run there," said Logan, who hosts a sports talk radio show in Raleigh, N.C.
Hindsight is 20/20, but Logan's comments are a sobering reminder of how quickly a program, coming off back-to-back ACC Championship Games, lost ground over the last four seasons.
The entire article is worth a read. Coach Jags is now the offensive coordinator at Georgia State, which is making the transition from the Football Championship Subdivision to the FBS's Sun Belt Conference. Regardless of whether or not you agree that Boston College football would have continued its run of success under Jagodzinski, I think we can all agree that Coach Jags was pretty successful in his limited time on the Heights.
Personally, I wish Jags nothing but the best in his current role. And if I was UConn athletic director Warde Manuel, I would have named Jags the next Huskies head coach like, yesterday.