1) If Duke only has one candidate in mind for the job, and it's current Navy head coach Paul Johnson that would be a good way for the Blue Devils to start the conversation with him. To explain, I don't think Johnson would go somewhere because Coach ‘X' and Coach ‘Y ‘turned the job down. Every point in his career, when his phone rang and the person on the other end said, "We want you," I think he was intent on listening a little closer because he knew it was the first call that person made. Johnson likes to feel wanted (who doesn't) and Duke can accommodate him in that respect.
2) Duke can't win at football. Johnson loves a challenge and has said so on many occasions. It wasn't until people told him that he couldn't win at Navy that he decided it was worth the shot. Remember, at first, he said "no" to Navy. Does anybody on this planet believe Duke can be turned into a winner? Aren't they a basketball school?
3) Duke won't care what type of offense Johnson decides to employ. This is important because you better believe that the
4) Duke winning six games would be amazing whereas at Georgia Tech or
5) Duke players are probably coachable. Losing has a way of making kids respond to an authority figure who knows something about winning. Johnson is abrasive and not shy about getting into the grills of his players. That style would work in
6) Duke is south of
7) Duke's roster is full of players who could easily run any style of option offense Johnson decides to employ. Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis and wide receiver Eron Riley have all the potential in the world, and they put it on display in
8) Duke has plenty of money and that never hurts especially with reports that SMU is really after Johnson. Johnson has said that the deal would have to be pretty "special." Good luck getting him to define the word, "special," but what if he spells the word like this - $pecial?
9) Duke would be a bigger success story than Navy mainly due to the competition. If Duke emerges as a bowl-team out of the ACC, Johnson will be able to write his ticket anywhere. True, the big boys like
10) I know I started every reason with the word "Duke" but I couldn't seem to come up with a way to start this thought the same way. And that thought is that Johnson surely wouldn't be leaving the Navy cupboard bare. Navy's offense would be returning at least six starters including its most seasoned quarterback in years in Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, and the defense would be returning at least eight starters.
Ok, that's only 10 reasons. In my next column, I will outline the 1,003,382 reasons why Coach Johnson will never, ever leave
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