I’ve not been following the apparent drama in Boston. BC football coach Jeff Jagodzinski is reportedly about to be fired for reportedly taking an interview with the NY Jets about their head coaching vacancy. The first I heard about, all I gleaned was that it was in Jag’s contract that he’d be dismissed if he interviewed for other jobs. But now as I read the articles, things seem less clear cut.
[BC athletic director] DeFilippo would not discuss the specifics of Jagodzinski’s contract but did say the two had a mutual understanding when Jagodzinski took the BC job just a little more than two years ago that he would be the Eagles’ coach beyond the 2008 season.
“We certainly expected it would be more than two years before he would look or accept an interview [with another team],” DeFilippo said. “All contracts are different, as well as the spirit and intent of the contract.”
Jagodzinski has three years left on his contract. Were BC to fire him, sources said, the university would be on the hook for the remainder of his salary.
So maybe Jag’s contract says he’s supposed to get fired or maybe it doesn’t. But here’s what I don’t get: why would you have such a clause/intent/understanding without any financial penalty for the coach? In all seriousness, if your boss came up to you and said, “Hey, you’re doing a great job, but remember, if you go interview with anyone else you’ll force me to fire you and give you 3 years of pay,” wouldn’t you strongly consider taking him up on the offer even if you hadn’t been considering it before?