Imagine a scenario in which Mike Krzyzewski after leading Duke to a national championship decided to take a break from coaching the Blue Devils. He wouldn't be off to the NBA or retiring. There wouldn't be a health scare involved. It'd just be a year-long paid sabbatical, and during that time he could hang out with family, recharge his batteries and maybe teach in an elementary school or something.
If this all sounds like a foreign concept, maybe that's because it is. It's exactly what Saskatchewan coach Greg Jockims is doing fresh off winning the CIS national title in Canada.
"The leave is a great opportunity for me to step away from the sport I have been 100 percent committed to for the last 27 years both as a player and coach," Jockims said in a statement. "It will afford me with time to be the father and husband that I want to be and to professionally 'take a break' and pursue some personal and professional development activities."
The local media and Saskatchewan team seem to be pretty understanding of a coach needing a break, which Jockims said should be an "awesome time" for him.
According to The Star Phoenix:
Jockims says he will pursue some educational opportunities and professional development during the next year. He may even put his education degree to use.
He is said to be interested in teaching elementary school in the Saskatoon public school system.
Would America have been so willing to let one of its coaches fresh off a national title take a break? "Sabbatical" in the ultra-competitive coaching world is usually a euphemism for "using buyout money to play golf" or "can't find a job." For an older coach taking time off, speculation about retirement and health problems would be off the charts.
Meanwhile, Saskatchewan point guard Showron Glover, who leads the nation in scoring, is forgoing his senior year to turn pro and play in Europe. In a way, it's the American way in this case. Glover, after all, is from Fresno, Calif.