Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Upon further examination of the coaching situation at Boston College, it does appear that Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo wasn't bluffing, and fully intends to fire head coach Jeff Jagodzinski after taking an interview with the New York Jets. I realize this has very little to do with the Big East, but it's worth commenting on for the fodder it provides about a program that seemingly jilted the Big East (at the time).
My thinking is, this is a horrendous public relations disaster for the entire Boston College athletics department. Who's going to want to coach at a school that 1.) isn't a sports powerhouse in the first place, and 2.) treats their coaches with such vigorous disrespect in a public forum? I have no doubt that this issue could have been handled behind closed doors, but I'm not sure it was even warranted at all. I could understand this happening if Jago wanted to bolt BC for another ACC school, ala Tom O'Brien, but this was not the case. The Jets job represents a step up for the bright young coach, and regardless of how likely it would be that he got hired in New York, the BC athletics department should have been fully supportive of the opportunity.
Alright, that's enough of that. Now back to teams we actually care about:
- Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Dave Wannstedt is feeling bullish about LeSean McCoy coming back (good) as well as Matt Cavanaugh returning (not so good)
- Doug Marrone lands his first official recruit at Syracuse, in Staten Island DB Torian Phillips
- The Big East is repping hard in the Lambert Trophy rankings
I leave you with a vid of Florida head coach Urban Meyer discussing the success of his alma mater, Cincinnati (courtesy of palestra.net):