To be clear to those who don't buy the "Road to 600" or the "Next Round Number" (NRN):
This may come as a shock ... but neither did/do I. It's an incredibly shallow, ridiculous reason to stick around when the program that's been your pride and joy has been sliding into nothingness for the last several years. Selfishness personified. Or as 'Watcher has so succinctly summed this up for months now ... Apres moi, le deluge.
But two off-seasons ago, with the program already slipping away into irrelevancy, this *unusual* 3 year plan emerged. Coach would have three (3) seasons to finish things up, and to transition the program to a hand-picked successor. The last 2 seasons' worth of NC schedules have been more flimsy than a wet tissue. Coincidence? Or did BS35+2 plot this global strategy to sell the guy holding what has since 2000 appeared to be the 'lifetime contract" to accept a shortened 3 year deal that would give him a few more shots at hardware, and all the while also get him to the NRN on his way out the door?
I don't think anyone expected the program to tank as badly as it did last season, and the steady loss of recruits who either left early, or just never came at all, turned these seasons from "return to glory" seasons to "circling the drain" seasons instead. This season, they found a way to get 15 wins, but don't forget - a little over a week ago, it was basically still a push with the previous season's win total.
So if Coach is allowed/decides to come back next year for one final season ... please, tell me why then?