Jagodzinski Fired

In a Yawkey Center press conference this afternoon, a visibly distraught Gene DeFilippo, after meeting with former head football coach Jeff Jagodzinski for twenty-five minutes earlier in the day, addressed the media on what he called his "hardest day" since arriving at Boston College, and then fielded questions from the press.

In a Yawkey Center press conference this afternoon, a visibly distraught Gene DeFilippo, after meeting with former head football coach Jeff Jagodzinski for twenty-five minutes earlier in the day, addressed the media on what he called his "hardest day" since arriving at Boston College, and then fielded questions from the press.

"Today is a very difficult day for our football team, coaches, for our fans, for our alums, and for me. Today, we terminated, Boston College terminated, the employment of head football coach Jeff Jagodzinski. Those of you who know Jags and I, you know we are good friends, and this is a very very difficult thing to do. As I've said here many times, Jeff Jagodzinski is a wonderful person, and he's a heck of a football coach. A coach of his talent, his personality, will have many opportunities in the future and I am absolutely certain of his continued success. We will begin a search for a new coach immediately. I have a feeling we will interview both internal and external candidates. As I said the last time that we did this, the time frame will be that we're going to go quick, but we're not going to hurry. We're going to find somebody who really wants to be at Boston College, and who is going to be here for a long time."

On the decision-making process

"I want to go on record as saying as this decision is mine. I am the athletics director, I made the decision, I asked for approval from the administration, and they gave me their approval, and I made the decision because I think Jeff and I were divided on the future of this program, and what we wanted from the program, and with that in mind I thought that the decision had to be made.

I thought that we had a coach who wanted to be here for a long time, and that wasn't necessarily the case."

"I know what we stand for and what we think is important, and all that that goes with it. This is the best thing to do for us at this time. My job here is to protect everyone here at BC, players, coaches, fans, and alums, and everyone associated with the program, and I have to do that to the very best of my ability"

On the relationship between Jags and himself

"I love Jags, I'm not going to say anything bad about Jags, he was a really good friend when he came here. We're still really good friends"

"I think Jags and I have a good mutual respect for each other. I think he understands my side and I think I understand his."

On whether Jagodzinski was terminated without cause

"Jeff was terminated without cause. That's correct."

On whether he believes that this may be a deterrent to outside coaches coming to BC

"I have a stack of coaches out there, some are from head coaches at very, very good institutions, and I think that they would be willing to stay here through the end of their contract."

"I don't believe that it will scare off anybody. This is one fine institution. You just look around, we're the 34th best school in the nation. I may be prejudiced, but I think Boston is one of the finest cities in the country in which to live. We have been to 10 consecutive bowl games. We've won the Atlantic division for the last two years. There's a lot of coaches who want to come here and be part of this program."

"This is very unusual, our previous coach was here for ten years which is a tremendously long time, we have men's and women's soccer coaches, we have hockey coaches who have been here 13-14 years, so our coaches come, our basketball coach has been here, this is his 12-13th year. So our coaches stay when they come here, they like it here and they stay. And I would say that this is a one-time thing."

On support/precedent-setting

"I've heard from a lot of directors of athletics, I've heard from a lot of administrators, I've heard from a lot of our fans and those people and I'll you let all judge that.

On moving forward

"My vision of the future is that Boston College has had a run here, in the last ten or eleven years that we've never had before and we don't intend to stop that now, we're getting to the point where we can reload and I expect that this football team is going to continue to be just as it has been."

"I haven't told the players yet. I met with the coaches yesterday, I told them that the situation would be over shortly and I would get back to them as soon as I knew something. The students aren't back. When they do come back, I'm certain I'll take the captains aside and talk with them some."

"We will appoint a head coach as soon as I have a chance to meet with the coaches, I'll let them know first. I'd rather tell our coaches first than announce that now."

"As soon as I can get all the coaches together. We've got coaches out on the road right now and we're trying to get everyone in. I don't know if we can get them all in because of the weather but as soon as we can get them here."

"I want somebody who is a great communicator with our players. I want somebody who really cares about our players. I want somebody that's familiar with our academic mission, who understands our academic mission. We want somebody that's a teacher. I've always said that the coaches that I had in high school and in college were some of my better teachers. We want somebody who understands our academic mission, somebody that really, really wants to be here at BC for the length of their contract."

On internal/external candidates

"I really haven't had a chance to think about that. I'm sure that the first thing that I'll do is interview any of the inside candidates that are interested in the position. I think they deserve the first opportunity. But we also will, I'm sure, interview several, that means two or more, outside candidates."

On the recruiting impact

"We have 13 to 14 commitments. It's not just about football here at BC. If it was just about football, I'd be a lot more concerned about our recruits. Young men come here because they want a great education, because they want to be at BC at what it stands for. They want to play in the ACC, they want to win and go to bowl games, and we have all of those things."

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