When is the time to take the next job?

Gregg Marshall has been a head coach now for 16 years.

For all but maybe a handful of them, he's been asked the same question: Why are you still here?

Why are you still at Winthrop?

Why haven't you moved on from Wichita State?

"It's like corporate America," Marshall said. "It's a culture, almost. Why aren't you scratching and climbing up the corporate ladder? Why don't you want more? Why are you still here?"

The query really has nothing to do with Winthrop or Wichita State, little frankly even to do with Marshall. It goes more to what has long been the perceived and frequently realized natural inclination of college basketball coaches, the chronic quest to enjoy the greener grasses .

For years, basketball coaches followed the same trajectory -- achieve at the low-major level, jump to the mid-major seat and eventually grab the brass ring of the high major, signaling one's arrival as tops in the profession.

Except lately some have put the skids to that plan. If it's not yet a complete trend, patience and even, dare we say it, contentedness, are at the very least making a comeback.

This week ESPN.com will look at some of the hottest names on the coaching carousel wish list and what it might take for each to move on. But before we examine why they might leave, it's worth first asking what's making them stay.

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