Bob Thomason jokes about his remarkable coaching longevity at his alma mater by saying the ever-changing athletic directors over the years didn't know better than to keep him around.
That's hardly the case. Yet as Thomason prepares to step down in the coming weeks after a quarter-century guiding the Pacific program, he realizes how special it is to stay at one school for so long in this day of high-pressure, high-turnover coaching tenures in college athletics.
Before he starts reflecting on all of that too much, Thomason wants to make sure his players have the best possible chance to extend their season and finish with another postseason appearance, preferably the NCAA tournament after he took the Tigers there four times previously.
''When we made the decision last April, May to do this, the first month was getting it out,'' Thomason said. ''It really helped me, because I'm just coaching basketball. I've already kind of gone through the ref...