BOSTON – Jeff Jagodzinski of Boston College has been invited to interview for the New York Jets’ coaching job, a BC official told The Associated Press on Monday, and the school has reportedly threatened to fire him if he goes through with it.
Athletic director Gene DeFilippo would not confirm that he gave Jagodzinski an ultimatum, saying only, “I want a coach who wants to be at BC for a long time.” But ESPN.com reported Sunday night that Jagodzinski would not be welcome to return if he seeks work in the NFL.
A BC official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the school was not commenting publicly, said the former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator committed to stay in Chestnut Hill longer than two years when he was hired. Leaving during the last week of recruiting also would put the Eagles at a disadvantage.
DeFilippo first learned of Jagodzinski’s contact with the Jets on Saturday and had not spoken to him since Sunday, according to the official. The school did not know whether Jagodzinski planned to withdraw from the Jets search.
The Jets declined comment through a team spokesman, neither confirming nor denying that Jagodzinski was interviewing for the team’s coaching vacancy.
Earlier Monday, DeFilippo said he would not rule out Jagodzinski’s return.
“I like Jeff. I mean, I really like Jeff,” he said. “We’re going to handle the situation as it unfolds.”
Huskies hire USC’s Holt
SEATTLE – Still stinging from an 0-12 season, Washington fans probably wouldn’t mind if the Huskies became “USC North.”
Washington’s new coaching staff is certainly starting to take on that look.
After USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was snagged to be the Huskies’ new head coach, Sarkisian plucked away the Trojans’ defensive coordinator on Monday, hiring Nick Holt to hold the same position with the Huskies.
Holt will replace Ed Donatell, who was not retained after Sarkisian was hired in early December.
“This is very exciting for Husky football,” Sarkisian said in a statement. “I don’t think we could have found a more qualified or successful defensive coordinator anywhere in the country.”
NORTH CAROLINA: Junior Hakeem Nicks said Monday he plans to skip his final season and enter the NFL draft after setting 14 school receiving records. Nicks leaves Chapel Hill as the program’s all-time leader in catches, yardage and touchdown receptions.
SOUTHERN MISS: Linebacker Gerald McRath is declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft. He made 137 tackles (78 solo) during his junior season, and has 386 tackles, 32 1/2 tackles for loss and eight sacks in his career.