Saturday, December 19, 2009

Will Coaching Changes be Enough?

After another disappointing football season, Coach Zook has been making big changes in his team.

Paul Petrino left his position as Arkansas offensive coordinator to take on the challenge of that position on Zook's staff. Petrino has nearly 20 years of experience, including 1 season on an NFL staff. However, Petrino was not able to convince Arrelious Benn to stay in college for his senior season. Benn has declared for the NFL draft. [Side note: I wonder what NFL team I will have to cheer for simply because they choose Benn? /side note]

On the other side of the ball, Vic Koenning will take over as defensive coordinator. Koenning spent 1 year at K-State, where he dramatically improved the D, after four successful years at Clemson. He has both playing and coaching experience.

So, will these changes be enough to bring consistency to the Illini performance on the field next season? Zook is clearly in an unstable position, but these hires look good, at least on paper. Other changes have been made within the coaching staff. Will these changes help or hurt team chemistry? Will locker room morale recieve a boost? Only time will tell...


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