Posted on: March 23, 2012 8:27 pm
There's smoke out there folks, let's see if we get it to blaze. Brad Stevens is a DEFINITE possibility for the Illini. We'll see, but if all this going down through 3rd parties, then both principal parties can "truthfully" deny contact. Was/is Stevens unhappy with his AD? Will something break this weekend? 3 million is a LOT OF MONEY!!! And Mike Thomas probably has only one more strike before the fandom starts to lose some faith. And Frank Martin also seems to be in denial mode. For my money my #1 choice was Anthony Grant. But when he says he's not interested I kinda believe him.
Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:14 pm
I've finally seen all I need to see. I was really hoping the upturn in recruiting would bring about a more aggressive offensive style, or at least one that could adapt to the fact that some players just aren't smart or savvy enough to run the motion effectively.
Defense is not the problem here. And even though this is a VERY young team, other than Abrams and Egwu the freshmen don't see much run, even though Myke Henry NEEDS to be playing more.
One of the most maddening things to watch is a team like MSU feed the post at will against the Wolverines, and our guys are still hesitant and when they aren't still manage to throw a lot of bad post entry passes.
I've got a long post to make about Weber and some of his trials, but I do finally believe it is time for a change. Get a QUALITY head guy in here, not another mid-major guy unless it is somebody like Shaka Smart maybe...but the Beckman hire in football (yes I know Illinois is a hoop school), and three of the last four hires being from small schools, doesn't exactly scream home run to me. Keep in mind guys like Billy Donovan, Jaime Dixon, Brad Stevens WILL NOT be at all interested in the Illinois job unless we toss about 4 mil a year out there and that ain't gonna happen.
Maybe you get a Gary Williams out of the booth for just 2 YEARS, to hold the seat for (and mentor/get ready) Jerrance Howard, who be officially announced as the next guy after Williams' 2 years is up. Williams has some cache as a vet from the ACC who has a national title to his credit. And he could take a loaded Illinois squad pretty far next season if Meyers Leonard were to stay.