If he wanted his sons to play for him, he couldn't wait.
One son's a redshirt freshman, the other just finished his freshman season. If he knew that another job would probably pop up in a year from now, he could take it and still get to coach both of his sons -- Dakota for two seasons and T.D. for three.
I would be willing to bet he's gone when his younger son graduates-especially if he can be the one who guides them to a couple of conference wins and maybe get the university to upgrade the stadium.
I'll take that bet, NCF. Couple of things: First of all, he is really taken with NPU's Christian culture. That means something to him, especially after coaching at a state school for the past eleven years. The way that the school has welcomed him, and the way that his two sons have very quickly made a lot of friends on campus and have really fallen in love with the place in just a few short weeks, has made a big impression upon him. I interviewed him at halftime of the NPU men's basketball webcast tonight, and he went on at length about that and about the overwhelmingly positive impression NPU has made upon him. You can argue that, well, yeah, it's on an NPU webcast, so of course he's going to say nice things about the school. But I can tell when I'm being snowed, and I can tell when someone really means it. He really means it. I think it's very important to him to coach at a Christian school.
Second, the Holmgren Athletic Complex is not due for upgrades, insofar as the football team is concerned. (The baseball team is trying to raise funds to turn the top floor of the fieldhouse into a clubhouse, but that won't affect the football team.) The university has other projects in the works, or in the planning stages, that will take precedence over a facility that was just upgraded about a decade ago. The new Johnson Science and Community Center, which is currently just a hole in the ground on the west side of the campus, is the immediate focus for NPU's development folks. And Mike Conway is not at NPU to raise money for a facelift for Holmgren. He's there to win football games and recruit students. Any upgrade to Holmgren will take place long, long after Dakota and T.D. have passed from NPU students into NPU alumni.
He's got to change the negative culture in order to get good recruits.
He's got to do a lot
of things in order to get good recruits. I've already discussed at length all the things that hold back NPU's ability to recruit, and the negative culture is not even the toughest one to overcome.
Winning is #1, but in this day and age you need all the bells and whistles (new locker room, uniforms, etc.) as well.
Those things will not be forthcoming in the near future. NPU simply doesn't have the money to make them happen. (Well, the Vikings do get new uniforms every year, so that's not really an issue. But the locker room and the football aspect of the stadium aren't going to be improved any time soon.)
All that will take more than a few years, so it will be interesting to see how much North Park can improve and be competative in the CCIW.