Zook is reportedly out.
About time. Thoughts on replacement?
Zook is reportedly out.
About time. Thoughts on replacement?
Ron English as a candidate?
This has a lot of potential
I read on the Internet that they're looking hard at Mike Leach. You can always believe the Internet.
Mike Leach is in line for every job this off-season apparently
I heard that he's purchased a house in champaigne.
Leach is an interesting guy. I had a long talk with him this year at a sports analytics conference while he was dipping and spitting in his empty Coors bottle, and he said he wanted to a see a 64 team playoff and I was like woah. He's unconventional and very opinionated, but if he can get his players to buy in they would have a higher ceiling than Zook did.
Regardless, the man can coach offense and for a middle of the road BCS program like Illinois he might be just what they need. He would bring a dangerous offense and in the right years could be a contender in the B1G (gulp) Leaders division. I'm interested to see what kind of coaches Illinois goes after. Especially with them in the other division, I kind of hope they manage to make a good hire and become a more respectable program for the B1G than they were during the Zook years.
I think Leach would be a good hire for any middle of the road BCS type school. While he hasn't had sustained successes, his teams can show up and beat anybody on any given day it seems. Only got to worry about the baggage he brings with thim. Illinois might want to go after him after the offensive woes they've had lately.
10 straight winning seasons at TEXAS TECH. that qualifies as sustained success. 76-39 at Tech...
I lived down there and success is to actually damn it with faint praise. Tech is an outpost school in a blah city, with a very average winning history, and he made it attractive to value type athletes who got overlooked by Texas and OU. He took guys who were a couple inches too short or whatever and didn't get the big notice from the scouting services, and won with them. He'd do even better with a place like Illinois or UCLA where he'd have a shot at attracting 4- star and better guys.
And I was surprised just how sharp he was. He's one smart MOFO. Very rough around the edges, but the guy would make Illinois a winner as soon as he got a little more talent there....
I don't think Illinois has the balls to hire him. He's a bit too controversial for their base and if he didn't win immediatley, I don't think he'd be able to escape the mob of Champaign-Urbanans.
Whatever tiny residual chance Leach had at a future college coaching career before the James crap at Tech disappeared when he sued his former dean and institution. Once you do that your career in academia is over.
He might land a job at a high school or junior college somewhere; he'll never sniff another BCS-level job.
.....and that's the thanks he got for keeping a lid on James' violent history at SMU with the 5 hookers. Lesser men would have definitely talked about it to further his position in this law suit.
It really doesn't have much to do with the James thing--he'd get a pass on that. He won't get a pass on the lawsuit; he won't get a pass on the way he handled his annual contract renegotiations at Tech. Don't troll/beg prospective employers for interviews just to use them as leverage against your current employer--they'll find out about it, and eventually so will everyone you might look to for a job.
It's worth remembering that the Kentucky job (where he'd been OC) came open twice while he was at Tech; he wasn't even considered either time. There's more going on here than is visible to the public.
Maybe Urban Meyer will go there instead. It's the path Florida coaches take.
All along, his secret career ambition has been to prove that he could win in the aftermath of Ron Zook.
He can coach two places at once, I'm sure of it.
It will be hard to find a replacement for that hair. I can only think of one logical contender...
ETA: Smooth edit is smooth.
That paves the way for Manny Diaz as DC at OSU, right?
No-brainer for the Illinois AD
They have so much talent on that team, but it is the Illinois curse. Any kind of pre-season hype will always be followed by major disappointment.
My sources tell me Tony Dungy has bought a house in Champaign.
In no order...
1. Pat Narduzzi
2. Jim McElwain
3. Kevin Sumlin
4. Mike Leach
5. Mark Stoops
gets a serious look for the Akron job. Imagine Sparty losing those seniors and then Narduzzi next year.
The Better Illnois is Directly Affects how Good Norte Dame will be since they routinely recruit the same players... If Illnois can be respectable and nap all them Chicago kids... The Golden Domers might even become more Irrlevant
I don't think there is a direct correlation. Notre Dame is rarely beaten by Illinois on the recruiting trail. This won't hurt them one bit. Plus, even if this was true, wouldn't you rather have Notre Dame stronger opposed a conference opponent?
I'd rather have another conference opponent since they're in the other division.
that Urban Meyer once called Illinois his "dream job" and reliable insiders say he's interested.
EDIT: Didn't realize sarcasm.
Luke Fickel...I am sure he could negative recruit Ohio all day long.
Think more critically! Illinois needs someone who can recruit that area of the country effectively! Somebody with a long history, stability. Not a flash in the pan. There is only ONE man for the Illinois job:
.....but what about someone who can speak without the NWS calling for a Flash Flood Watch?
Anyway we could hire zook to recruit for Michigan? It's the only thing he's good at and I'd rather he did it for us.
He didn't do a particularly good job of recruiting at Illinois.
Do we really need help recruiting as it is?
We have a top 5 class coming in, and currently #1.We don't need Zooker.
We ought to check it out. Lord knows that central Illinois is a gold-mine for football talent.
What is it about Illinois that leads to perennial mediocrity? They have had some decent coaches through the years (and some not so good) and they have a decent team about once a decade, but then it's right back to their .500 or worse winning percentage. They've had two coaches with above .500 winning percentages in the past 50 years: Mike White at .533 and John Mackovic at .663. It's been all down hill since then: Tepper (.446), Turner (.380), Zook (.376).
Illinois is kind of like Notre Dames little brother in the Chicagoland area. I'd even say Michigan is a more popular choice than Illinois for kids in northern Illinois. And there aren't too many recruits from southern or central Illinois so they're kind of in a dead zone.
Same thing happens for basketball. Imagine if Bruce Weber could successfully recruit Chicago, they'd be a powerhouse. Unfortunately for them, any school in the country has just a good of a shot getting those kids as Illinois.
Yeah, they're essentially pre-Rodriguez Michigan State.
BTN just said it is official and he has been dismissed.
First team in modern college football history to win first 6 games and then lose 6 straight to finish 6-6 this season.
No more Zookball?! :/ maybe we can get lucky and Purdue will scoop him up if they can Hope after next season. I love seeing teams lose games due to hilarious coaching blunders so it's a really sad day when Zook leaves the Big 10
That'll happen when you lose 27-7 to Minnesota with the 7 points coming in garbage time. What the hell happened there?
Man, good thing Jim Tressel has his dream job with the Colts right now