"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."
Review of Richards
blue_75 posted a note on Richards' play in the CaliFlorida bowl on the WD. In summary: he looks like a player and Pac-10 schools are stepping up with offers for this year.
English seems to be able to ID under-the-radar talent so this bodes well for Sears.