I read somewhere that the state Illinois has the highest number of players in the tourney this year. With the right coach they could really build a consistent winner. The fact that a guy near me at work is a huge Illinois fan, I don't want this to happen. But it would be interesting to see what Smart could do there.
I was really hoping for Shaka to come to Champaign. *Sigh* I hope plan B is just as good.
I hope his decision is more Brad Stevens and less Chris Lowe. Really would love to see VCU become a mid major power house.
Illinois should be a top 20 job. Good fans and so much local talent.
Champaign is not that nice and their building is old and nothing special at all.
So , who does Illinois go after now? Anthony Grant was apparently contacted and has said no.
I could see Johnny Dawkins before Collins only because of previous experience, there is a little talk of Lomar and Robinson (other Pac 12 schools). You would think in 2012 that the color of one's skin is not that important, but the Beckmen hire received a couple of NO votes because he wasn't Kevin Summerlin. Most fans would be excited about Brad Stevens, and I assume he gets a call but will probably be a no go like Shaka. No one is excited about Groce from Ohio.
Being an outsider (NW Iowa but live 10 min from CU), a Clone fan who can't stand the B1G, but I also told everyone here I will get along with them fine cause I hate the Hawkeyes too... I would say Illinois is a top 15-20 job. It is the best job at a school w/o a National Championship. Basketball rules here, and they are going to offer between $2.5 and $3 to get who they want.
What Illinois is going through helps remind me how truly lucky we were that Fred wanted the ISU job. Illinois, a power 6 job in a recruiting hotbed with a pretty decent amount of talent returning, is offering somewhere between double and triple the money we were 2 years ago and is twisting in the wind in a very public fashion.
For the 125,435th time...THANK GOD FOR FRED!!
That's the truth. Illinois will likely end up with a solid coach, but it will likely be a 2nd or 3rd choice. And as my co-worker Illini fan likes to point out, they think their job is a top 20 job in the country.
We were looking for our 4th coach in less than 10 years. We were damn lucky Hoiberg wanted the job. And it turns out he can coach!