Recently, during Billy Donovan’s reverse decision of leaving Florida for the NBA’s Orlando Magic, College of Charleston’s coach Bobby Cremins had a great perspective of a coach’s last-minute change of heart.

Back in 1993, Cremins made the decision to to leave Georgia Tech to coach at his alma mater South Carolina, only to reverse his decision three days later and finish out a 19-year stint at Georgia Tech.

“They may not call it a ‘Cremins’ any more,” Cremins joked after Donovan’s turn-around to stay at Florida. “They may call it a ‘Donovan now.”

Here in our small world of high school sports, the decision to change your mind at the last second may forever be called a ‘Cobb’, after Somerset football coach Jay Cobb’s decision to return to the Jumpers after only a five-day tenure as Henderson County’s new football coach.

But Jay Cobb should take comfort in the fact that he is not the only coach to ever change their minds at the last second — or the last.

Coaching big time sports — at any level — is a fickled profession.

At the Kentucky high school level, only four football coaches in the state can claim to be the best by winning year-end state championships.

The rest of the coaches in the state are left scrutinizing over their last loss of the season, and they sometimes wonder what it would be like coaching somewhere else.

Sometimes it is about money, sometimes it is about the size of the program or sometimes it is about the coach wanting a change and the feel of a new program.

But leaving one team for another team is never an easy decision for any coach at any level — high school, college or pro.

The uprooting of your family, the student athletes you leave behind and the loss of community are the reasons many coaches decide to stay put at their current coaching position.

And I think that all three of these things factored in Cobb’s decision to return to Somerset after initially taking the Henderson County coaching position a week ago.

At one time or another, everyone has had to make tough career career-changing decisions.

Initially, we make the decision because we think it will be the best for us, and our families, in the long run.

Several years ago, I left my job here at the newspaper because I felt it was the right thing for me to do career wise.

As it turned out, I made the wrong career decision and, like Cobb, I was fortunate that my former employer welcomed me back.

Granted, my decision to change careers was not posted on the internet nor received a front page article in the local newspapers.

So when coaches, who are public figures, make those tough career decisions and then change their mind, don’t be so quick to call the move a ‘Cremins’, or a ‘Donovan’ or even a ‘Cobb’.

Truth is they are human, just like you and me, and changes are never easy for any of us.

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