WILLIAMSBURG, DEC. 20 -- Jimmye Laycock said today he has decided to stay on as William and Mary's football coach less than 24 hours after accepting an offer to become the coach at Boston College.
In a hastily called and emotional news conference, he said he had spent a sleepless night reviewing his decision to go to Boston College, which he announced late Wednesday afternoon.
"Boston College and the people there were outstanding to me," he said. "After assessing the situation, my decision to remain in Williamsburg is based purely on personal grounds. It wasn't one thing, one person or one moment. It just didn't feel right."
Laycock, 42, appeared on the verge of tears several times during the news conference. Twice his voice broke.
Just the day before, he had told William and Mary's athletic director, John Randolph, and his football staff that he intended to take the job at Boston College. He would have replaced Jack Bicknell, fired in November after 10 years as the Eagles' coach.
Laycock had flown to Boston Monday and met with Boston College's athletic director, Chet Gladchuck, and other school officials. He returned Monday evening to Williamsburg and told his assistant coaches not to go on the road recruiting the next day. Then he considered his options for almost 48 hours before initially deciding to accept the BC job.
By rejecting the offer today, he turned down a five-year package worth an estimated $170,000 a year in salary plus additional income from television and radio shows. He currently earns $73,000 annually at William and Mary but indicated money was not a factor.
"I've wrestled with this decision a long time," he said. "I have to look at what I feel comfortable with and I could never really feel comfortable with the decision to leave."
Boston College had scheduled a news conference for Thursday to announce Laycock as its coach.