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BC makes it official: Jagodzinski fired

Posted by Adam Kilgore, Globe Staff  January 7, 2009 02:54 PM

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School spokespersons just passed out a press release to reporters titled, "Boston College Terminates Employment of Football Coach Jeff Jagodzinski," meaning the firing is official.

Jagodzinski, who is not present, made a statement in the release: "My family and I have enjoyed and cherished being of this great community. I would like to thank many people, especially Father Leahy and [Athletic Director] Gene DeFilippo, for the privilege to work here. I am so proud what our student-athletes and our staff has accomplished during our tenure here. I wish everyone at Boston College the best in the years to come, both on and off the field."

The release states Jagodzinski, who won 20 games in two seasons at BC, was "terminated without cause," but does not comment on the specifics of his contract. The search for a replacement will include internal and external candidates.

"As I said the last time we did this [had to hire a coach], the time framework will be that we're going to go quick, but we're not going to hurry," DeFilippo said during his introductory comments at the 3 p.m. press conference. "And we're going to find somebody who really wants to be at Boston College and who is going to be here for the length of their contract."

DeFilippo added that the decision to fire Jagodzinski was his own.

"I want to go on record as saying that the decision was mine," DeFilippo said. "I am the director of athletics, I made the decision. I asked for approval from the administration, and they gave me that approval, and I made this decision because I think that Jeff and I were really divided on the future of this program and what we wanted for the program, and with that in mind, this decision has been made.

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

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