1) Each game at Navy is a challenge to win. Johnson says it all the time: because of the recruiting restrictions at the Academy, each game is a golden opportunity for the Mids opponent to come away with a victory. This will never change. As good as Johnson is, Navy will never be considered a juggernaut with superior athletes who are expected to dominate another team. Even though a quick glance at Johnson during the second half of the Army game last Saturday would lead one to believe that the
2) Piggybacking on #1, if Johnson does leave, few within the Navy football community doubt that he will be able to build such a juggernaut wherever he goes. And once he does, the challenge to win there (Duke, SMU, Georgia Tech) will never be the same. If he turns Duke or SMU into a winner, he will get bored beating up on the creampuffs on their schedules. And if it is a challenge that Johnson continually craves, he would have to move on to another program to get that feeling again.
3) With money comes more pressure to win. If Johnson gets a contract in the $2-$3 million range, people (including the media) will expect results. And with those expectations comes second guessing, a more aggressive media, and probably a lot of other annoying aspects to the coaching profession that have been absent in
4) I'm sure when
5) Johnson hates the cold weather, so Navy built him an indoor practice facility, the Wesley Brown Field House, scheduled to open this March. You would have to think that he would like to walk in this grand structure just once as Navy's head coach. I would be shocked if either SMU or Duke has a building that compares to it…and if they do, Johnson sure as heck wasn't the reason it was built.
6) Johnson's wife, Susan told me she loves living by the water and that her husband would most likely want to retire near or in the mountains. Does
7) Sort of similar to #3, but worth emphasizing here. Johnson has never been fired in his career and at Navy, he never would be. Sure, Johnson will probably win at Duke, Georgia Tech or SMU, but he may just want to have something in his contract at one of those schools that says 8-win seasons are good enough – just in case.
8) I know I have said it before, but winning the Atlantic Coast Conference or even the very patriotically-named Conference
9) I hit upon this in my previous column, but I think it should be stated again that Johnson brings with him a fairly abrasive style that is welcomed at a military institution. I have always thought that anyone who coaches at an academy needs to have an in-your-face type of personality because that's exactly what the future leaders of the military feed off of. To put it succinctly, it's doubtful that anyone at Navy will ever question Johnson if he tugs on a face mask or two to get a player's attention. That might not go over so well at Duke.
10) Have you seen GoMids.com's ‘Hands Off our Johnson' shirts? That alone is reason for Johnson to stay in
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