Here is the item that I came away two things during this interview when asked about conference realignment:
So it has been a joy, a pleasure, a sense of accomplishment over the last 14 years (as president) to have it seen as an exceptional place. Both academically, and increasingly in terms of athletics.
That first part is either a outright sales pitch, of a farewell statement
"And we were delighted when Terry (Bowden) identified himself as wanting to come here. And we're working with Dennis Mitchell so he can have continued success, and Jodie Kest (women's basketball) is coming along. So we want to certainly be in contention.
This part is interesting. Dr. P. in a roundabout way was saying that even he wants out of the MAC, and is shopping/ being approached with some options.