“It’s either you do contracts or you get somebody else,” he said. “You have to make a decision.”
Of the other 13 coaches in the ACC, nine have contracts out to 2022 or beyond. The end points of two others, Syracuse’s Dino Babers and Miami’s Mark Richt, are not publicly available. The last two, Duke’s David Cutcliffe and Boston College’s Steve Addazio, have contracts through the 2020 season.
In January, athletic director Todd Stansbury said he understood fans' frustration over the timing of the extension, but also pointed out that "you could look at (the season) and say we're three plays away from playing for another ACC championship." Stansbury said also that "it's not time to push the panic button."
Johnson said he didn’t know if he’ll serve out the five years of the deal, at which point he would be 65.
“We’ll see,” he said. “I said I’ll know when it’s not fun any longer. We’ll see. It’s not something I have to do, but as long as you enjoy it and it’s fun, yeah, keep going. I’ve always said I’ll know when it’s time.”
He did say he didn’t see himself coaching as long as former colleague Frank Beamer, who started his final season of coaching at the age of 68.
“That’s, what, eight years? I don’t know about that,” said Johnson, 60.