When a player (even more so when it's multiple players) play for their Dad... they will always be under more scrutiny. Comes with the territory.I would guess this is what it is all about. By the time Jack would be a senior Fran will be SEVENTY YEARS OLD. Screw that! Why would he want to put himself through that, versus kicking back and slowing down to enjoy a more stress free life? And just be a parent enjoying from the sidelines. Coaching is a life consuming profession. If Jack is a Hawk, Fran is stuck working till he graduates.
I highly doubt the microscope Connor and Patrick have been under would be different anywhere else. Such is the life of coaching one's kid at any level, in any sport. I lived that. Patrick has had lots of personal struggles and I suspect that is the lone reason he isn't interested in a bonus year. Some people just choose to move on with life. Warnock passed up an opportunity to be part of another historic team.
Whatever any of them choose to do I wish them well. And I will thank Fran for coming to Iowa and bringing the program back to life. Wow, we have had some fun times under his run! Yeah sure we all wanted more, but we sure suffered through a lot less.
Whenever Fran sets sail I will be sad, and then get behind the next guy, hoping he takes us forwards and not backwards...
I'm sure on some level Margaret is defending Patrick because of all the kid has been through. Being a teenager is tough enough but cancer, depression, pressure of D1 athletics with your Dad as coach. The young man has dealt with it all. Any Mom would be protective.
This latest situation with Jack has to put them into the "F-it let's retire" mode. Who wouldn't be worn out.
Just don't blame it all on IOWA and the fans, Margaret. Be a professional.