What was talked about for a while became a reality when Nick Rolovich agreed to a two-year contract extension that will run at least through the 2022 season. Here’s what it means:
> Security: Rolo likes UH. UH likes Rolo. It made sense to lengthen a contract that was set to expire at the end of the 2020 season. A fifth year — 2023 — will automatically trigger if the Warriors qualify for a bowl in 2019 or 2020. Rolo gets security of essentially a four- or five-year deal. Because this is an extension instead of a new contract, UH gets to keep Rolo under the financial range of the initial contract he signed in 2016.
> Wiggle room: As columnist Ferd Lewis notes, Rolo gets some cushion against brutal scheduling the next two seasons. This year, the Warriors play three Pac-12 schools. Next year, it’s another three Pac-12 schools, with two of the games on the road. A coach shouldn’t be punished for playing a daunting schedule against wealthier opponents. He won’t.
> Leverage: The extra year will be much earned if the Warriors manage to qualify for a bowl against the next two challenging schedules. But let’s suppose the Warriors don’t reach a bowl the next two seasons, but then go bowling in 2021 and 2022. That would give Rolovich more bargaining power.
> Support: The recent signees were pleased that Rolovich will be their coach through their entire UH career. That continuity is important to them.
> Matlin method: If anything, athletic director David Matlin is consistent. Last year, Matlin awarded contract extensions to volleyball’s Robyn Ah Mow-Santos, basketball’s Eran Ganot and baseball’s Mike Trapasso.