Friday, January 07, 2005

What is going on with Illinois Football?

Taking a break from basketball for a minute, we turn to football. What is going on with this program? Yesterday we hear tht two newly hired assistants and top recruiters are leaving for Oklahoma State (Stillwater being quite the football mecca--maybe they thought they were going to OU, although after what happened Tuesday maybe that wouldn't be so great either). There seem to be some conflicting reports as to why (money, family, etc.) and as to whether or not they were under contract with Illinois.

Radio reports are saying that even though they had already been out on recruiting trips (paid for by the university), they had not yet signed their contracts. My question is "Why?". You don't have people going out to represent you who are not under contract and have no obligation to you if something else comes along. Getting the contracts signed should have been required before they acted on behalf of the university.

The concern IlliniTalk has is not because we think these two guys were great coaches, recruiters, etc. Frankly, we don't know much about them. The concern is that this hurts the already down football program during an important recruiting period and leaves a sour taste in our mouth as the new coaching era (which we are excited about) begins. Therefore, we ask the university and those involved to please get this straightened out so we don't get put in this type of difficult position again.

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