Tim Jankovich agonized over his decision to become Larry Brown's coach-in-waiting at SMU.
It took so long that it could have put Illinois State's 2012-13 season, which could end with an NCAA tournament bid, in jeopardy.
But the Redbirds saved face by finding an alumnus who was ready to become a head coach in Vanderbilt assistant Dan Muller.
Muller's first head coaching job, at his alma mater no less, has eased plenty of angst.
But his May 8 start date has been a challenge.