The showdown between Boston College and its football coach, Jeff Jagodzinski remains at the top of the Boston sports scene for another day. Having stolen the spotlight from the hoops team’s upset of North Carolina, this drama prepares to move into its second day, with indications that Jagodzinski may have been on his way out even before any interview with the Jets. (It figures that it is the Jets though, doesn’t it? Do they have to try and steal or copy everything about football in New England?)
Gerry Callahan says that Jagodzinski is proving to be just another football coach – after we had thought he might be different. Bob Ryan says that Gene DeFilippo and BC should know how the system works by now. Lenny Megliola examines how the Jagodzinski-DeFilippo relationship become so strained so soon.
Sticking with BC for a moment, Julian Benbow has hoops coach Al Skinner not shocked that his team was able to pull off the upset over then top-ranked UNC on Sunday night. Jessica Heslam has NESN re-playing the game in full last night.
Ron Borges shows a bit of his old Patriots/Belichick hating ways when he mocks any “apologists, bum kissers and FOBs” who might argue that the loss of Asante Samuel was huge this season. He says that it is in fact the sole reason that the Patriots are not in the playoffs, and makes it out like Samuel was a huge piece in pushing the Eagles over the top this season.
I’m not going to argue that the Patriots would’ve been a better defensive team with Samuel in the secondary this year. But a couple things about this Borges article are hilarious to me. First, is the fact that he makes the loss of Samuel out to be the sole reason the Patriots are not in the playoffs. I think the injury to Tom Brady might be worthy of mention, as should the loss of Adalius Thomas and Rodney Harrison. Second…the Eagles were 9-6-1 this season, while the Patriots were 11-5. The Eagles are one game (and a tie) better than they were a season ago. Third, in the past, Borges absolutely mocked anyone who believed Samuel could be anything other than a nickle back. When Ty Law left town, Borges brutally mocked anyone who suggested Samuel could step up and be a number one cornerback. Now, that’s forgotten and Samuel is irreplaceable.
Would I prefer to have Samuel here? Of course. Let’s not put the entire season on his departure, however.
Bill Burt says that while the NFL is more competitive from top to bottom, it doesn’t make it a better league. Jonathan Comey looks at the Patriots options with Matt Cassel, and if another team making a good investment if they do deal for Cassel. Mike Reiss looks at what’s happening with Scott Pioli. Christopher Price says that poaching from the Patriots isn’t a guarantee of success. John Tomase and Borges have Pioli meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs about their GM job.
The Globe notebook has Tedy Bruschi looking to return for a 14th season with the Patriots. They also name Bob Costas as the media member who gave Bill Belichick a coach of the year vote.
Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics using their recent struggles to come together closer as a team. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics looking to be more consistent on defense. Jeff Howe has the veterans believing that this rough patch is just temporary. Mike Fine thinks that Stephon Marbury might actually be a good fit for the Celtics.
John Powers offers up a feature on the success of the Bruins this season, and how the type of players that the Bruins have on their roster have made coach Claude Julien’s system work.
Loftus has the Bruins hoping to beat the Minnesota Wild for the first time at home…ever. Kevin Paul Dupont doesn’t think that Brendan Shanahan would be a good fit for the Bruins. Joe Haggerty submits his first mailbag for WEEI.com
Sean McAdam examines the remaining roster holes on the Red Sox with Spring training a little more than a month away. He says that with each passing day it becomes more and more likely that Jason Varitek has played his last game with the Red Sox. Amalie Benjamin also takes a quick look at the openings at catcher and fourth outfielder.
Joe McDonald has Jim Rice hoping that this is finally the year he gets the call from the Hall of Fame. Chaz Scoggins says that is is probably now or never for Rice. Tom Caron also looks at the case for Rice.
David Scott has some analysis of Glenn Ordway’s new contract with WEEI, and has more on NESN’s claims of a transmission issue with the BC/UNC game Sunday night.