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BC picks Jagodzinski to fill coaching vacancy

Packers coordinator will be introduced Wednesday

After a week-long interview process and a weekend of discussing staffing and other issues, Boston College has chosen Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski as its next football coach, according to sources at the school. The 43-year old Jagodzinski will be introduced at a press conference on Wednesday.

Jagodzinski will replace Tom O’Brien, who left BC last week for North Carolina State. BC officials emphasized that the next coach must have either a familiarity or a connection with BC. Jagodzinski has both, serving as O’Brien’s offensive coordinator in 1997-98 before moving to the NFL, first with the Atlanta Falcons and then in 1999 with the Packers. This is his first season as the Packers play caller.

Jagodzinski was selected over Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and former University of Massachusetts coach Mark Whipple and several other candidates, including BC defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani.

Part of the attraction of Jagodzinski was the continuity factor, with several member of O’Brien’s coaching staff expected to join the new staff. Another possibility could be the return of Jack Bicknell III, son of former BC coach Jack Bicknell, as a member of the Jagodzinski’s staff.

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