I feel fairly certain that Chizik has a less than 20% chance of returning (something crazy could always happen).
This talk from Marshall is just him communicating something he's been told. Phillip knows AU. He knows Chiz isn't coming back, but he's been told that Chiz might. He was told this for a reason - so that he would begin to float it out there. It's one of two things:
1) trial balloon. put it out there, monitor the reaction/appetite for it.
2) (most likely scenario) not making the headway they'd like with the conversations with agents for the possible replacements. AU likely told those agents something to the effect of "we don't have to make the change. we might keep him". Then they needed to have this in the media to add legitimacy to the claim. It's stupid, but not unbelievable considering how AU has handled this thus far. The people they are talking to aren't only considering AU. This strategy would work better if they were only considering staying at their current job or going to AU. AU is looking at coaches with options. This strategy - if it is the case - is foolish.
This post was edited on 11/15 at 9:45 am