then, i would let it leak that several of the big names are super-interested and would take the job if offered. then, after i had completed all those interviews, i would bring Mac in. then, i would hold a press conference announcing the Mac hire and tell the world that i'd interviewed "the best" and that folks were knocking the door down trying to get the job, but that the BEST candidate was right here in boulder the whole time: Mac. this would help to some extent to deflect the view outside the CU world that a Mac hire smacks of desperation. and, it would help to satisfy everyone that due diligence was done. anyhow, that is just one way this might be approached. if bohn were to follow this strategy, however, it means we are going to hear lots of names and the process is going to take a few weeks to complete. and, besides, who knows? maybe one of those interviewed candidates will really shine and win the job even with the Mac thing hanging out there. just fasten your seatbelts and hold on. the trip will be longer than some of us have patience for.