Boston College officials said they have not had contact with football coach Jeff Jagodzinski today, but that as of noon, he had not been fired.
However, the possiblity of that happenining was still very strong if Jagodzinski was indeed talking to the New York Jets about their vacant head coaching position, as has been reported in several outlets. ESPN.com reported this afternoon that Jagodzinski does intend on following through with the interview with the Jets, which is scheduled for tonight.
"Right now, everything is quiet," said BC media relations director Chris Cameron this afternoon. "We have no press conferences scheduled and we still have a football coach."
Jagodzinski contacted members of his staff Sunday telling them he had a decision to make and that the situation would be resolved by tomorrow.
When contacted last night BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo said, "You'll have to talk to Jeff Jagodzinski. It was his initiative."
Although Jagodzinski is not regarded as the leading candidate for the Jets job, the second-year BC coach does have ties with Jets quarterback Brett Favre, who may have used his influence to get Jagodzinski on what has turned into a lengthy list of candidates to replace Eric Mangini, who was fired a week ago.
The story began evolving several days ago when Jagodzinski's name surfaced in published reports as a candidate, which was news to BC officials, who dismissed the reports since no one from the Jets had sought permission to speak with Jagodzinski.
When school officials asked Jagodzinski about the reports, the coach told them he had been contacted by the Jets and he was considering interviewing to gauge their interest. According to ESPN.com's report today, "the school is concerned that the Jets' interview could be the beginning of a trend for Jagodzinski where he will try to get an NFL job."
Jagodzinski has led BC to back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division titles, but his recent pedigree has been in the NFL, where he had been an assistant since 1999. Included in that period were two stints with Favre in Green Bay. Jagodzinski served as the Packers' offensive coordinator in 2006 just before moving to the Heights.
Chad Finn of the Globe staff contributed to this report.
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