"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Kirkpatrick is a pipe dream, IMO. He was at some camp in Texas a few weeks ago (or somewhere like that) and talked with a player who had visited a northern school recently and he said something to the effect of "How do you deal with the cold?"
What WOULD be nice is if Texas could poach Kirkpatrick out of Saban's hands, which could possibly lean Winston even further to Michigan. Granted, CB isn't a position like QB where one player sees all the time, but it's something to think about.