Now in his 38th season at William & Mary, Jimmye Laycock has no plans to retire |

NORFOLK – Who knows what Jimmye Laycock would have accomplished had he decided the grass was truly greener beyond Williamsburg. The William and Mary football coach has had many chances to leave for more high-profile destinations.

He interviewed at Duke, Wake Forest, Navy, Maryland, Boston College and perhaps half a dozen other schools. He’s quietly withdrawn his name from consideration from at least two schools that appeared ready to hire him.

You may recall that in 1991 he accepted the head coaching job at Boston College for three whole days.

Boston College would have doubled his salary, and allowed him to lead a program in one of the nation’s top media markets. But shortly after they called a press conference to announce him as its new coach, he called to say he’d changed his mind.

“It just didn’t feel right,” he said at the time.

He’s been at William and Mary ever since, where in spite of the school’s Ivy League-like academics, he’s built one of the most consistently successful programs in the Football Championship Subdivision.

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