CW talked about this a little bit last night on 1460.
I will never say never when it comes to college coaching because these things are completely unpredictable. There are probably jobs out there that CPR would strongly consider, I dont know what they are and I dont know if they have openings right now. Only CPR knows that.
To say that Kentucky/Colorado/Purdue are a step up is a stretch at best. Kentucky is in the SEC and is historically a BB school that would be a HUGE challenge to get to a conference championship level. Colorado is a complete JOKE right now and would be a step down in my opinion. Purdue is a lateral move at best, they have had some decent teams but to call them a historically strong program is incorrect.
In my humble opinion ISU is on the upswing and CPR and his staff are starting the see the results. The B12 is in a good spot with TV contracts and the $$ related to those to continue to improve the facilities needed to compete on the recruiting trail. Fan attendance and ticket purchases are at all time levels as is support for the FB program.
All of this is leading to a surge in recruiting, CW claims that this past few weeks has been the best in recent history as far as recruiting goes. Coe, Campos, Lazard etc are huge gets for the program and are starting to show the impact of all of the above improvements.
Again I never say never in coaches leaving etc but to leave a program that has this kind of momentum for a place like Kentucky, CO, or Purdue at this point doesnt make sense to me but I am for sure bias. Why go to one of these programs and have to start from scratch when you have the foundation seeminly built here at ISU?? Now if a big time school like Wisconsin came calling it would seem that someone would have to think long and hard about an opportunity at a program with that kind of talent base and support already established.
I know that $$ can change everything and in the end CPR may in fact leave for greener pastures but IMO I just dont see it happening in the near future. If, and thats a big if, ISU would reach the 9+ win level or even perhaps a BCS bowl level I could see some MAJOR players in need of a coach reaching out to CPR and then all of the above might go to the wayside.
Either way there isnt anything that any of us can do about it other than support the hell out of ISU, CPR and his staff as well as the program so that is where I will put my effort not in worrying about who is going to come calling on CPR.
Here's my take.
If CPR leaves, he will have something significant before he does. I'm not talking about 6-6, 7-5. I am talking Big12 championship, BCS game, or really effing close to one of those.
At that point, he will have satisfied his personal goals for what is possible at ISU, and he will put himself in a position to get a really good job, not just a mid-level BCS school.
At that point, I will be upset to see him go, but I will understand. He deserves to get paid and deserves to contend for national championships which might never be possible at ISU.
I am confident that CPR will build the program to a point where if he leaves, whoever comes in will be able to build off of a great foundation and remain successful. And if JP is still here, I am confident that he hires a good replacement. Any success CPR has here will raise the profile enough to improve the potential candidates as well.
In the end it will be sad to see him go, but I think he will take ISU to places it's never been before before he goes anywhere.
I don't want CPR to leave at all, but I don't want him staying *solely* because the other team didn't pony up the $$$
A "I want you to want me" type of thing :yes: