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Boston College in need of change -- again

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

There are far more questions coming out of Boston College than answers right now, as it's still not clear if coach Jeff Jagodzinski actually went through with an interview with the Jets that could cost him his current job.

Quite frankly, it doesn't even matter anymore.

As of right this second, Jagodzinski is still the head coach, and he has single-handedly caused a major upheaval in the very program he was hired to manage.

Even if Jagodzinski suddenly gets struck with a bolt of loyalty and decides to stay, the relationships are already strained. This is like a head-coach-in-waiting scenario, only we're all waiting for the head coach, and the fact that he hasn't made a public statement speaks volumes.

Clearly, Jagodzinski doesn't need anyone at Boston College. Not his athletic director, not his staff, and sadly, not his players. Go ahead and add his recruits to that list, because he's losing them, too.

The million dollar question is: What could possibly make Jagodzinski want to walk away from a $1 million-a-year job?

Jagodzinski is not to be faulted for wanting an NFL job, or even for interviewing for one after two seasons. Athletic director Gene DeFilippo is naive if he thinks Boston College is the final destination for young, talented coaches with higher aspirations. The problem is the sneaky way Jagodzinski went about it. Interview or no interview, the trust within the program has been broken and it's time to move on. Again.

Prior to the 2007 season, DeFilippo wanted a more charismatic, exciting coach. Somebody the fans could embrace. All Tom O'Brien had to offer was great character and seven straight bowl wins.

So O'Brien tumbled out and Jagodzinski strutted in, winning easily his first season and impressively his second.

What surprised me most about Jagodzinski this season was not the blatant disregard he showed for the state of the program when he scoffed at the notion he would be fired if he interviewed with the Jets. It was the fact that he somehow managed to contain his NFL-sized ego and allowed his two coordinators -- Steve Logan and Frank Spaziani -- to do their jobs.

That's how Boston College won this season.

"You're only as good as the people you surround yourself with," Jagodzinski said at the ACC championship game.

If only DeFilippo knew that when he hired Jagodzinski.

The two of them still have not sat down and talked since Saturday, and that's the only way this bizarre situation can be resolved. Instead, another day will pass without those within the program knowing in which direction they're headed.

Because of that, a new direction is needed at Boston College.