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Report: Jagodzinski meets with Jets

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  January 6, 2009 06:45 PM

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Boston College football coach Jeff Jagodzinski continued his attempt to play the invisible man today, much to the dismay of school officials, who were waiting to hear word of Jagodzinski's intentions or even whereabouts.

"I haven't heard a word," said athletic director Gene DeFilippo. "And I've called several times."

However, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported that Jagodzinski did interview with the Jets today about their head coaching job, which became vacant when they fired Eric Mangini last week.

DeFilippo made it clear that he would take no action until he had a face-to-face meeting with Jagodzinski, with the assumption being that the coach would be back in the Boston area Wednesday.

He also has made it clear to Jagodzinski that interviewing with the Jets would put his job in jeopardy.

DeFilippo wants to put the football program in motion in terms of recruiting and direction, and he knows that Jagodzinski has made inquiries throughout the NFL about a possible return to an environment where he spent seven years before coming to BC as head coach in 2007.

If Jagodzinski is determined to return to the NFL, one landing spot could be Seattle, where new coach Jim Mora Jr. is looking for an offensive coordinator. Mora and Jagodzinski have a connection from their days with the Atlanta Falcons; Mora was head coach when he hired Jagodzinski as tight ends coach in 2004.

Sources in Seattle say the Seahawks have an interest in Jagodzinski if he is out of the Jets mix and severs his ties with BC.

BC was making contingency plans to move forward without Jagodzinski, with its main concern being a quick transition, presumably with defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani the prime contender to take over.

Spaziani meets DeFilippo's stipulation of being someone who wants to be at BC for a long time. The veteran coach has been at BC for 12 years and has made it clear that, if elevated, his commitment to the school would be long term.

But until Jagodzinski resurfaces -- he had told members of his staff he would update them today -- BC is still in a holding pattern.

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