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Longtime fans of New Girl will remember Damon Wayans Jr.'s short-lived role on the series as Coach! He was forced to drop out after Happy Endings was surprisingly renewed for a second season. But now that he doesn't have Happy Endings to worry about (aw), Damon is all freed up for a possible major story arc in Season 3!

Nothing is yet set in stone, but TVLine is reporting that Damon is thisclose to a deal to return.

In our own chat with New Girl's producer and co-showrunner Dave Finkel, he weighed in on the potential comeback. "To have Coach come visit would be fantastic," Dave told us exclusively. "Will he come back in a regular capacity? I doubt it, but I would definitely love to see him play him again.

Jake Johnson, who plays Nick on the show, told TVLine that he'd be stoked to "welcome [Damon] back to the loft [...] I would be surprised if he doesn't come back for a while."

He added that it'd be super-funny for Coach to see "what's happened in the past two years."

Do you want Coach back? Weigh in below!

Source: TVLine

Credit: Celebified/Wetpaint Photo: New Girl's Lamorne Morris and Dave Finkel Tease Damon Wayans Jr.'s Return as Coach — Exclusive