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Old Jan 9, 2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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Sources tell us Illinois OL coach Luke Butkus will join Ron Turner's staff at FIU http://FootballScoop.com/the-scoop

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Old Jan 9, 2013, 06:39 PM   #2
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Interesting
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 06:39 PM   #3
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not surprising...
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 06:40 PM   #4
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That is interesting. I wonder who we will get next?
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 06:46 PM   #5
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As far as assistant coaches leaving, this one is absolutely killer in my mind. Granted, we didn't have enough time to see what he can or cannot do as a coach, but to lose a former player, especially one with the name Butkus, doesn't speak very well, and pretty much sums up the current state of the program
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 06:47 PM   #6
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My guess is that if another coach is leaving, it will be leaked around noon Saturday.
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 06:52 PM   #7
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My guess is that if another coach is leaving, it will be leaked around noon Saturday.
Is that a strong hint?
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 06:55 PM   #8
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That makes wanting him fired a lot less awkward now. Good luck to the fella.

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Old Jan 9, 2013, 07:00 PM   #9
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Is that a strong hint?
Nope, sorry. The news of both coaches leaving both came about an hour before basketball tip off against a top 10 opponent. It reminds me of teams firing coaches on Friday so weekend news will slide the news under the rug. Who knows, maybe just coincidence.
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 07:03 PM   #10
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Nope, sorry. The news of both coaches leaving both came about an hour before basketball tip off against a top 10 opponent. It reminds me of teams firing coaches on Friday so weekend news will slide the news under the rug. Who knows, maybe just coincidence.
Wow - coincidence maybe, but an interesting observation nonetheless.
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 07:13 PM   #11
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As far as assistant coaches leaving, this one is absolutely killer in my mind. Granted, we didn't have enough time to see what he can or cannot do as a coach, but to lose a former player, especially one with the name Butkus, doesn't speak very well, and pretty much sums up the current state of the program
I think you're overstating it a bit...quite a bit in fact.
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 07:16 PM   #12
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I think you're overstating it a bit...quite a bit in fact.
I was thinking exactly the same. It's better that Luke Butkus moved on his own than being fired. I'm glad that Luke Butkus was given the opportunity to find a position.
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 07:35 PM   #13
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I think you're overstating it a bit...quite a bit in fact.
I think this hurts, but in a different manner. Butkus was our primary Chicagoland recruiter, and now the staff will have to re-establish some relationships that Butkus had already worked on. The new hire will need to have some relationships there to avoid falling backwards. From a personal level, I hate it since I went to school with him and wanted to see him do well. From a career perspective, I think this is a good move for him.
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 08:02 PM   #14
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I think this hurts, but in a different manner. Butkus was our primary Chicagoland recruiter, and now the staff will have to re-establish some relationships that Butkus had already worked on.
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Butkus looked to be an emerging recruiting force and with the loss of Beatty we have now lost the two primary recruiters for AB. Hopefully his commitment remains strong.
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 08:11 PM   #15
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Just confirmed Luke Butkus to Florida International as run game coordinator. Makes perfect sense.

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Old Jan 9, 2013, 08:12 PM   #16
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So it seems Turner offered him a bit of a promotion after only one mediocre at best season as a college coach?
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 08:13 PM   #17
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Don't be surprised if Ron Turner hires more former Illini to his new staff.

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Old Jan 9, 2013, 08:14 PM   #18
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I think this hurts, but in a different manner. Butkus was our primary Chicagoland recruiter, and now the staff will have to re-establish some relationships that Butkus had already worked on. The new hire will need to have some relationships there to avoid falling backwards. From a personal level, I hate it since I went to school with him and wanted to see him do well. From a career perspective, I think this is a good move for him.
It is good for Luke in the sense that he will get some OC responsibilities under Turner right out of the gate and more freedom to coach, given their history together.....it is bad because Butkus belongs at Illinois...he's young and he will be back....it's also a chance for Beckman to hire an OL coach with more experience with his style of play and coaching style
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 08:15 PM   #19
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Butkus looked to be an emerging recruiting force and with the loss of Beatty we have now lost the two primary recruiters for AB. Hopefully his commitment remains strong.
Butkus, according to Rivals, recruited Hinkhouse, Bailey, Panfil, and Bryce Douglas...I wouldn't say he was emerging as a recruiting force.

Bailey was reported as being "all-in" on the Illini in a tweet by a recruiting guy (I can't remember who) after Beatty was let go so I don't think losing Butkus would change that.
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So it seems Turner offered him a bit of a promotion after only one mediocre at best season as a college coach?
Maybe Turner knows more about what was going on with Luke's " mediocre" season than we do
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 08:25 PM   #21
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Butkus, according to Rivals, recruited Hinkhouse, Bailey, Panfil, and Bryce Douglas...I wouldn't say he was emerging as a recruiting force.

Bailey was reported as being "all-in" on the Illini in a tweet by a recruiting guy (I can't remember who) after Beatty was let go so I don't think losing Butkus would change that.
4 recruits including our top recruit in his first year as an assistant is pretty good. Hopefully this changes nothing with Bailey's commitment as I said but that reaffirmation came before this release.
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 08:29 PM   #22
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As far as assistant coaches leaving, this one is absolutely killer in my mind. Granted, we didn't have enough time to see what he can or cannot do as a coach, but to lose a former player, especially one with the name Butkus, doesn't speak very well, and pretty much sums up the current state of the program
I think this is a move that is best for everyone involved.

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That makes wanting him fired a lot less awkward now. Good luck to the fella.
Yes, it would have been VERY awkward to let a guy go with the name Butkus.

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Old Jan 9, 2013, 08:32 PM   #23
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I think this is a move that is best for everyone involved.


Yes, it would have been VERY awkward to let a guy go with the name Butkus.
I'm with you on this one GHD....never easy being an Illini fan
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 08:32 PM   #24
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Butkus, according to Rivals, recruited Hinkhouse, Bailey, Panfil, and Bryce Douglas...I wouldn't say he was emerging as a recruiting force.

Bailey was reported as being "all-in" on the Illini in a tweet by a recruiting guy (I can't remember who) after Beatty was let go so I don't think losing Butkus would change that.
Butkus was the one guy on staff who was from Illinois. That will hurt, but by now all of the staff have had time to build ties to the state.

I don't see Bailey changing his commitment.

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Old Jan 9, 2013, 08:33 PM   #25
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This was only a matter of time. Butkus couldn't stand working for Beckman I just can't believe it took this long.
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