Boston College Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo warned Jeff Jagodzinski not to interview for the vacant New York Jets job. Jagodzinski went through with the interview and was fired. I realize that college football and college sports in general increasingly has become a cutthroat business, but this is almost to the point of being ridiculous. It makes me wonder if perhaps there is some other hidden issue that we’ve not seen that pushed both men into this ugly football divorce. In a lot of ways, it has been a shame that such dirty laundry has been aired publicly. It will be interesting to see if this AD sticks to his own standard/principles.
Said DeFilippo, “We’re really good friends and this is a very difficult thing to do. We will find somebody who really wants to be at Boston College and will be here for the length of their contract.”
OK, surely DeFilippo will stick by his own standard/principles and NOT interview coaches who currently are under contract with other schools or professional teams. He doesn’t want a person at BC that would look at another job, but he probably will be willing to take someone who will do the same thing to another school. Just as he did not want his coach to violate that agreement he should not ask another coach to violate such an agreement. DeFilippo should only interview candidates who are not under contract with another school or a professional team. Jagodzinski did not seem to be depressed or heartbroken by his experience, and maybe he knows the AD (he says they’ve been friends for years) better than most people and felt like it was no longer a situation positive enough for him. I’m sure DeFilippo will try to “get permission (to interview under-contract coaches)” and that will be his excuse for violating the trust he felt he had with his now former coach.