Part of the reason Martin came to CoMo was because the AD who hired him at Cal moved on.
Every coach likes to work for their hiring AD, because there is more interest in mutual success.
ADs are graded, more than anything, on their coaching hires in revenue sports: men's football and basketball.
Some are itchier than others to put their hiring stamp on those two programs, but all are quicker to make a change to make their hire than to go down with someone else's.
So, yes, I'd say both Martin and Drinkwitz are following this search pretty closely.
I don't think either was expecting it, though both had to be aware Sterk was not going to do this forever.
There was industry speculation that Sterk could be retiring at some point in the relatively near future.