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Sports pundits across the nation are falling over themselves congratulating Boston College’s Gene DeFilippo for his stand.
DeFilippo, the Eagles’ athletic director, recently fired head football coach Jeff Jagodzinski for accepting an invitation to interview for the head job with the New York Jets.
Jagodzinski was warned that accepting the invite would result in his termination.
He attended the interview anyway. DeFilippo kept his word and canned him, stating that BC is only interested in having a head coach who will be with the Eagles for the long run.
Such a stand is logical if you’re talking about teams such as Ohio State or Texas.
Boston College doesn’t qualify as a program that is entitled to keep its hooks in a hot and proven coach.
For crying out loud, BC couldn’t even compete with North Carolina State, losing Tom O’Brien to its ACC brethren (opening up the job for Jagodzinski to step in).
The only way that DeFilippo will get his wish of longevity is to find a coach who is: a) a Boston guy or b) an above-average guy with little ambition.
What fascinates me more about this story is how it ties into the Brett Favre Chaos Theory that I’ve been studying.
According to chaos theory, the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil can result in a monsoon in Thailand.
Such is the case of what we have seen with Favre.
To wit. Favre, having retired following the 2007 season, suddenly started publicly agonizing over that decision.
His subsequent decision to return to football resulted in confusion in the Green Bay Packers camp until Favre was traded to the New York Jets.
Favre led the Jets, who had seven pro bowlers on the team, to a 9-7 finish, losing to the Dolphins on the last day of the season.
As a result, the Jets’ head coach, Eric Mangini was fired.
Mangini was almost immediately hired as the boss of the Cleveland Browns.
Mangini gets a Favre-driven family reunion, as he is the brother-in-law of Cleveland Indians’ general manager Mark Shapiro.
Meanwhile, the Jets decided to interview Boston College Head Coach Jagodzinski.
He was warned by his athletic director, DeFilippo that if he accepted the invite, he would be fired.
Jagodzinski accepted and DeFilippo canned him.
Jagodzinski had served as the Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator in 2006, when the team went 8-8.
Upon his departure, the Packers promptly went 13-3 in 2007.
Now, it appears that Jagodzinski and Favre will be reunited in the Big Apple.
Or will they? Apparently, Jago is a long shot for the Jets’ position. Should that fall through, it is widely speculated that he’ll land with Seattle as the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator. Seattle’s quarterback is Matt Hasselbeck, who played under Jago at Boston College.
One of the top choices to take up the head job at BC is Jack Bicknell, Jr. The Boston College Head coach in the 1990s? Jack Bicknell, Senior, of course.
Meanwhile, Romeo Crenel, who was dumped in favor of Mangini, is a former prodigy of both Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick, and could wind up working for either Miami or New England, respectively, the two arch rivals of the Jets.
By the way, Favre’s appearance in the Big Apple freed up the Jets to release quarterback Chad Pennington.
The Miami Dolphins scooped up Pennington, who led the team to a 10-6 record and its first divisional title since 2000, via that win over the Jets in the season finale.
Pennington was guided by Miami’s offensive coordinator, Dan Henning.
Guess where Henning used to be head coach?
It is often said that everything in life is connected in some fashion.
Nowhere is that more true than in the game of football.