The year 2016 is two presidential elections from now.
It is also the next year that Keith Dambrot conceivably could be looking for a job. Akron extended its MAC Championship-winning coach through seven more seasons on Wednesday evening.
Praising Dambrot is overkill around Zips circles. He is the most popular coach on campus since John Heisman. Now that he won his MAC Championship and recruited a top-50 player, Dambrot has silenced the last of his critics. The remaining challenge is whether he can build a strong fanbase at Akron.
The Board of Trustees also extended softball coach Julie Jones through 2012 and women's basketball coach Jodi Kest through 2014. I don't want to see Mack Rhoades tinkering too much with the next AD's coaching lineup, but it's hard to argue with those moves.