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For the second time in 2009, Jeff Jagodzinski was fired from a coaching job. You may recall that Coach Jagz was fired after a successful two year stint as Boston College’s head football coach for taking interviews with NFL teams despite being under contract with the Eagles. Eagles Athletic Director insisted that Jagodzinski not attend the interview with the New York Jets for their head coaching vacancy, but obviously did not. Shortly after that, the deposed coach landed Tampa Bay’s Offensive Coordinator job under newly hired Head Coach Raheem Morris.
There will be a press conference later Friday afternoon to formally announce the firing, which at this time has been done for unknown reasons. It appears there may have been disagreements between Quarterbacks Coach Greg Olson and Jagz, including the decision to name Byron Leftwich as the starter. The timing is curious for the Buccaneers with just ten days remaining until the NFL season opens up. Also, this was supposed to be the fresh start for the Bucs after having replaced Jon Gruden. Olson, a Gruden holdover, will take over as the OC. He was the Offensive Coordinator for the Lions prior to becoming the Bucs QB Coach.
The Eagles are set to begin their season this Saturday against Northeastern under first year Head Coach Frank Spaziani. Coach Jagodzinski never seemed to love the college coaching world, which is different than the NFL. A college coach has less X’s and O’s and more face-of-the-university jobs including promoting the institution and, of course, recruiting. Coach Jags has been climbing the coaching ladder seemingly in a quest to land an NFL head coach’s job with everything else being a stepping stone. This is was unexpected, but good luck to him in his future endeavors.