Needless to say, these men were all paid incredibly well to do their jobs — but that’s kind of the point. Once you’ve made more money than you’ll probably ever need, and unless you’re just addicted to being in the gym and competing during the season, why would you continue to do a job that requires your attention nearly 365 days a year when you have a family you love, other interests in general, and a desire to relax?

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I probably wouldn’t.

And this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

The one thing every former college basketball coach who becomes an NBA coach says he loves is how it allows him to A) get back to just coaching basketball without all “the other stuff,” and B) enjoy an offseason in some form.

Right now, college basketball coaches are constantly dealing with “the other stuff” with no real window to comfortably take even a one-week vacation. The season is overwhelming. The offseason is unpredictable and, in some ways, even more overwhelming.

As many coaches have told me over the past year — i.e., since the one-time transfer waiver became a reality, and since NIL rights became recruiting tools — being a college basketball coach these days is a hard and frustrating way to make a lot of money.

Most will keep doing it because they still love it regardless.

Some will keep doing it because of the money.

But the truth is that a larger number of great college basketball coaches are probably going to spend the coming years and decades making enough money in their 40s and 50s so that they can leave it all behind at an earlier age than the previously expected-retirement-age for great college basketball coaches. On some level, it’s impossible to not think that’s what Jay Wright just did. So it’s totally reasonable to wish him happiness in retirement but also be concerned about what it says about the profession he’s leaving.