After a headline-making trip to the NCAA tournament and then being mentioned for other jobs, it was only a matter of time before Bob Hoffman and Mercer talked about a contract restructuring.
The result of those conversations was the extension of Hoffmans contract by three years, as announced Monday by Mercer.
The new contract Hoffman wouldnt comment on any change in compensation, but its safe to assume he wasnt docked any pay for the most notable season in program history now locks him contractually through the 2020-21 season.
That means that Hoffman is under contract for seven more seasons, one longer than he has been at Mercer.
Theyve done a great job of trying to put us in position to be successful, he said. We have ongoing discussions about those type things. There may be some more discussions in the future, but right now, were in a really good place.
Discussions started not long after Mercers season ended with the 83-63 loss to Tennessee in the NCAA tournament.
Hoffmans postseason was busier than usual, between Mercers flurry of attention after knocking off Duke 78-71 in the tournaments round of 64 and attending the Final Four along with Langston Hall, who played in the National Association of Basketball Coaches all-star game and was named the nations top mid-major player.
Hoffman also received the national Fellowship of Christian Athletes John Lotz Barnabas Award in Dallas during Final Four weekend.
And, of course, his name being mentioned for openings at South Florida and Tulsa, among other places, kept his phone buzzing.
It has been a notable few days for Hoffman.
On Friday night, he had gathering at his home for the seven departing seniors and their families.
And then Saturday, he watched Langston Hall, Anthony White Jr., Monty Brown, Bud Thomas, Daniel Coursey, Kevin Canevari and Jake Gollon walk across the stage during commencement ceremonies.
It was a big moment, Hoffman said of both days. Just watching them walk across the stage Saturday and receive their diplomas, that was a big deal.
Hoffman is 126-82 in six seasons. The Bears lost those seven seniors from the 27-9 season highlighted by the A-Sun tournament title and a 78-71 win over Duke in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The Bears return regulars Jibri Bryan, T.J. Hallice, Phillip Leonard, Darious Moten and Ike Nwamu from last season.
More than just salary and a time frame are involved in the fourth extension for Hoffman since his arrival. He said there were some minor alterations to the part of the buyout regarding certain schools. Hoffman said he and school officials regularly talk about other aspects of growing the program.
There are some provisions in there, definitely, for helping all our staff and our whole basketball program, Hoffman said.